Research

Leopoldo Raij, MD FAHA

I have focused my research and educational efforts in the field of hypertension in relation to its link to atherosclerosis, diabetes and kidney disease. The major focus of my scientific endeavors has been to investigate the mechanisms that participate in vascular and renal injury in hypertension. Despite that a significant amount of my research has dealt with basic mechanisms of disease, the ultimate goal has been the translation of our findings into clinical disease with the purpose to prevent disease or develop new therapeutic approaches. I am a recent recipient of the Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award in Hypertension, sponsored by American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research, an award given for “outstanding contributions to combating hypertension through research, education, and service “. I am a Co-PI of the Miami Field Center of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). In this capacity I serve as the lead physician on our research team. I was a co-author of the initial SOL design paper and am involved in planning and writing other SOL papers.
As Director of the ongoing Program for International Research Scholars of the International Medicine Institute (IMI), of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine my goal is to develop active scientific interaction between the IMI and research centers of excellence worldwide and Latin America in particular. This program was also invited to collaborate with the Graduate School of the University of Miami in a program that aims at identifying international collaborations on graduate education with foreign Universities, Governments and national and international health organizations with a Focus on Central and Latin America.
Finally the International Research Scholars Program of the IMI works closely with the clinical activities of the IMI designed at facilitating referrals of patients for second opinion as well as treatment in our Medical Center.
In summary, I am committed to continue my endeavors in basic and clinical research, mentoring students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, from Miami, the US, and Latin America, who are devoted to basic and translational research in my areas of expertise.