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William G. Kussmaul III

William G. Kussmaul III, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department: Medicine

Specialties: Cardiology


  • BS - Physics, Yale University (1967-1971)
  • MD - University of Pennsylvania (1972-1976)

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Cardiology Fellowship Program, Drexel University College of Medicine (2003)
  • Best Doctors of Philadelphia (1996)
  • Memberships / Professional Affiliations


    • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
    • Fellow, American College of Physicians
    • Fellow, Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions
    • American Heart Association, Council on Clinical Cardiology

    Professional Affiliations

    • Associate Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (1995–present)
    • Chairman, Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, Bracco/Cordis Fellowship Awards Committee (2006-2010)
    • Member, American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, Program Committee (2004-2007)
    • Member, American Heart Association Southeastern Pennsylvania, Board of Governors (2004-2006)
    • Member, American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, Exhibits Committee Chairman (2000-2009)
    • Member, American College of Cardiology, Task Force to Chart the Scientific Session of the Future (2004-2006)
    • Chair, Recent Advances in Cardiology Test Writing Committee, American Board of Internal Medicine (2002-2005)

    Clinical Services

    Cardiology - preventive, Interventional cardiology, Cardiology


    • Cardiology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1982-1984)
    • Research, Invasive/Interventional Cardiology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1984-1985)


    • Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1977-1979)


    • Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1976-1977)

    Dr. Kussmaul has been an associate professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University School of Medicine) since 1994.


    Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

    "Systemic arterial response to exercise in patients with aortic valve stenosis"
    Laskey WK, Kussmaul WG, and Noordergraaf A
    Circulation, 119:996-1004 (2009)

    "Embolic protection during saphenous vein graft intervention using a second-generation balloon protection device: results from the combined US and European pilot study of the TriActiv Balloon Protected Flush Extraction System"
    Carrozza JP Jr, Caussin C, Braden G, Braun P, Hansell F, Fatzinger R, Walters G, Kussmaul WG, and Breall J
    American Heart Journal, 149:1136.e1-1136.e7 (2005)

    "Method for coronary angiography in morbidly obese patients"
    Kussmaul WG, Bowers B, and Dairywala I
    Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions, 65:268-270 (2005)

    "Electrophysiological-anatomic correlates of ATP-triggered vagal reflex in the dog. V. Role of purinergic receptors"
    Xu J, Kussmaul WG, Kurnik PB, Al-Ahdav M, and Pelleg A
    Am J Physiol-Regul Integr Comp Physiol 288:651-655 (2005)

    "Impact of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation with different balloon volumes on cardiac performance in humans"
    Cohen M, Fasseas P, Singh VP, McBride R, Orford JL, and Kussmaul WG
    Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions, 57:199-204 (2002)

    "The 6 Fr Angio-Seal arterial closure device: results from a multimember prospective registry"
    Kapadia SR, Raymond R, Knopf W, Jenkins S, Chapekis A, Ansel G, Rothbaum D, Kussmaul WG, Tierstein P, Reisman M, Casale P, Oster L, and Simpfendorfer C
    American Journal of Cardiology, 87:789-791 (2001)

    "Subvalvular gradients in patients with valvular aortic stenosis: prevalence, magnitude, and physiological importance"
    Laskey WK and Kussmaul WG
    Circulation, 104:1019-1022 (2001)

    "Right heart catheterization in the presence of an inferior vena cava filter"
    Kussmaul WG, Secaira R, McCormick DJ, and Cohen M
    Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions, 52:476-478 (2001)

    "Cardiac tamponade in the 'new device' era: Evaluation of 6999 consecutive percutaneous coronary interventions"
    Von Sohsten R, Kopistansky C, Cohen M, and Kussmaul WG
    American Heart Journal, 140:279-283 (2000)

    * This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.