Dr. John Gorcsan III, MD ‘79 ‘14P

Professor of Medicine
Director, Diagnostic Cardiology & Cardiac Imaging
Director of Clinical Research, Heart and Vascular Institute
Penn State University


John Gorcsan III is Professor of Medicine, Program Director of Diagnostic Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging, and Director of Clinical Research of the Heart and Vascular Institute at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, of the Penn State College of Medicine. 

Prior to joining Penn State, John was Director of Clinical Research, Division of Cardiology at Washington University in St. Louis, and before that he was affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Gorcsan has over 28 years of experience in academic medicine. He has a special interest in cardiac mechanics in heart failure and advanced echocardiographic imaging technologies. In addition to over 28 years of clinical experience in out-patient and in-patient clinical cardiology, he has advanced clinical skills in echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography. 

Dr. Gorcsan has published extensively in scientific literature with over 200 manuscripts and has been supported by several awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and American Society of Echocardiography as Principal Investigator. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Cardiac Failure, International Associate Editor of the European Heart Journal and Editorial Board member of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and Journal of the American College of Cardiology for which he received the Simon Dack Award from the American College of Cardiology for Outstanding Scholarship. He served as Chairman of the National Scientific Sessions for the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and Chairman of the Research Committee for ASE, and received ASE’s top honor for an educator, “The Richard Popp Award.” He is also known as originator and host of the educational Quiz Show “Echo Jeopardy”, which has gained international recognition.