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Suzanne Oparil, MD

Suzanne Oparil, MD
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Disease
Zeigler Research Building, Room 1034
703 19th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0007
Phone: (205) 934-2580


Cardiology Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital (1968 - 1971)

Internal Medicine Residency
Presbyterian Hospital (1966 - 1967)

Medical Degree 
Columbia University (1965)

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine (1970)

Society Memberships

American Heart Association 
American Society for Clinical Investigation (Member Emeritus )
American Society of Hypertension
Council on High Blood Pressure Research 
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences  
International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences 
Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI)

Research Interests

Pathogenesis of vascular disease, with particular emphasis on sexual dimorphism and the protective effects of female sex hormones 
Pathophysiology and treatment of high blood pressure

Clinical Interests

  • Essential hypertension
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Diabetes mellitus

Selected Journal Articles

  • Muntner P, Levitan EB, Reynolds K, Mann DM, Tonelli M, Oparil S, Shimbo D. Within-Visit Variability of Blood Pressure and All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Among US Adults. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Mar;14(3):165-71. [doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00581.x] Epub 2012 Jan 24. [PMID: 22372774]
  • Kereiakes DJ, Chrysant SG, Izzo JL Jr, Littlejohn T 3rd, Oparil S, Melino M, Lee J, Fernandez V, Heyrman R. Long-term efficacy and safety of triple-combination therapy with olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besylate and hydrochlorothiazide for hypertension. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Mar;14(3):149-57. [doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00588.x] Epub 2012 Jan 24. [PMID: 22372774]
  • Xing D, Li P, Gong K, Yang Z, Yu H, Hage FG, Oparil S, Chen YF. Endothelial Cells Overexpressing Interleukin-8 (IL8) Receptors Reduce Inflammatory and Neointimal Responses to Arterial Injury. Circulation. 2012 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 22361324]
  • Acelajado MC, Oparil S. Antiplatelet therapy for transient ischemic attack. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Feb;14(2):103-11.[ doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00571.x] Epub 2012 Jan 4. [PMID: 2277143]
  • Acelajado MC, Pisoni R, Dudenbostel T, Dell'Italia LJ, Cartmill F, Zhang B, Cofield SS,Oparil S, Calhoun DA. Refractory hypertension: definition, prevalence, and patient characteristics. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Jan;14(1):7-12. [doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00556.x] Epub 2011 Nov 15. [PMID: 22235818]

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Suzanne Oparil, MD