University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Professor of Medicine
Dr. Muhlestein is Professor of Medicine at University of Utah and actively involved in the Cardiology Research Program at Intermountain Medical Center. He is also Honorary Professor of Medicine at Xian Medical University, People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Muhlestein was raised in the small Southern Utah town of Monticello. He received his BS degree from Brigham Young University in 1980 and his MD degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1984. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University. In 1992, after a short stay as faculty at Duke University, he moved to Salt Lake City where he has divided his time between caring for heart patients, directing cardiovascular research and teaching medical students and residents.
Dr. Muhlestein’s research interests include new interventional technologies, cardiovascular clinical outcomes, and evaluation of possible underlying causes of, and novel risk factors associated with, the development and progression of atherosclerosis, the major underlying cause of heart attacks. He has published many articles in medical journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, etc. He has also written book chapters for Raven Press, Churchill Livingston Inc. and Blackwell Publishing, and received numerous grant awards. He is on the editorial boards of the American Heart Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Journal of Interventional Cardiology.
He has participated in a variety of public service efforts. He is a past President of the Utah Chapter of the American Heart Association and is presently Governor of the Utah Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He received the Golden Caduceus Award from Deseret Foundation’s Amicus Club in 2009. He has served on the Medical Student Selection Committee of the University of Utah School of Medicine and has participated on a variety of Intermountain Healthcare committees including the Deseret Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, the Medical Records Committee and the Investigational Review Board.