• Nicole L. Lohr, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, is the Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease and Co-Director of the UAB Medicine Cardiovascular Institute (CVI), effective November 15, 2022.

    Dr. Lohr also serves as Director of the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center (CCVC), a university-wide interdisciplinary research center and will be proposed to serve as the Mary G. Waters Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine.

    Dr. Lohr is a physician-scientist and leader at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) where she is Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Clinical Trials. Dr. Lohr serves as Division Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and is Chair-elect of the American College of Cardiology Board of Governors.

    Esteemed at MCW as an exceptional teacher and mentor, Dr. Lohr’s passion for developing trainees at every level is infectious. As a physician-leader, she implemented SMARTCare at MCW to improve care for patients with stable ischemic heart disease, restructured the Cardiology clinics at the Zablocki VAMC, and led the development of VAMC programs in structural cardiology and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

    A native of Wisconsin and a graduate of Marquette University, Dr. Lohr obtained her Ph.D. and M.D. from MCW, where she also trained in medicine and in cardiovascular medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and an active member of the American Heart Association (AHA), Dr. Lohr served as board president of AHA’s Milwaukee Chapter in 2020 and as governor of ACC’s Wisconsin Chapter in 2020.
  • Research Overview

  • Dr. Lohr’s research aims to develop effective therapies for peripheral artery disease that use novel approaches to promote vasodilation and angiogenesis. She discovered that red light stimulates nitric oxide precursors that then release nitric oxide, which in turns dilates arteries and arterioles. Her current research aims to optimize red light delivery and confirm her findings in people with peripheral artery disease. Her research program is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Small molecule NO precursors as a bioactive source of NO in vasodilation and angiogenesis) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (Red light-mediated trafficking of microvesicles as a mechanism of vasodilation).
  • Full Name

  • Nicole Lohr