Richard J. Kovacs

Richard J. Kovacs

Richard Kovacs, M.D./ Dr. Kovacs is the Q.E. and Sally Russell Professor of Cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine and the service line leader of the Indiana University Health Cardiology.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at Indiana University, where he served as chief fellow and chief medical resident.

He joined the full time faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986 as Assistant  Professor, subsequently serving as the medical director and CEO of Methodist Research Institute. He also served as senior clinical research physician at the Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly and Company. He returned to the full time IU School of Medicine faculty in 2003.

Dr. Kovacs is a clinical cardiologist, and serves as the service line leader of Cardiology for Indiana University Health. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination of patient care activities across all the hospitals served by the IU faculty cardiologists. He is the Medical Director of the Methodist Hospital Chest Pain Center, a member of Cardiology Executive Committee, and Chairs the Acute Myocardial Infarction Performance Improvement Team.

At the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs has served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Associate Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He is the Chair of Institutional Review Board for the Biomedical Sciences and is the Chair of the IRB Executive Committee.

Dr. Kovacs plays several roles at the national level. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Cardiology, has chaired the ACC Board of Governors, and served as Secretary of the ACC.

His research focuses on three clinical topics: quality and measurement of quality, drug safety and sports cardiology.

Dr. Kovacs is a co-chair of the committee that recently revised the AHA/ACC Eligibility and Disqualification Recommendations for Competitive Athletes with Cardiovascular Abnormalities. He is a member of the ACC Sports and Cardiology Council and oversees the cardiovascular evaluations of players at the Annual National Football League Scouting Combine.