Joseph Andrew Kisslo

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Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kisslo's research has centered around the development and initial application of new ultrasound imaging devices. Focussed principally on morphologic diagnosis in the early years, the work has become progressively more physiologic in it's orientation.

After more than two decades there are now 300 original research papers, several textbooks and other materials. Dr. Kisslo has distinguished himself as the first to use phased array ultrasound imaging in the human body and, accordingly, was the first to describe most of the disease for which the technique is now commonplace. He was very early into the applications of Doppler color flow imaging and transesophageal imaging with ultrasound. He has served as an officer or on the Board of a variety of national and international bodies. He was one of the first President's of the American Society of Echocardiography. He reviews in all aspects of cardiac imaging, but principally echocardiography.

Over the past 15 years he has also had a keen interest in medical economics and has served on various professional and governmental boards in describing medical costs and dealing with medical economics. More recently, he has taken interest in adult re-education through remote learning means (telemedicine) and has become the Clinical Director of Telemedicine at Duke. He is Executive Producer of the world's largest telemedicine program (Echo in Context) which has run for the past 14 years. This was the first educational event to circumnavigate the globe live.

He is a frequent scientific and motivational lecturer to scientific organizations and industry. He serves as advisor to several governmental and industrial organizations.

Key words: Echocardiography, cardiac imaging, medical reimbursement, telemedicine, adult re-education.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Medicine

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 3348A Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 684-6398
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  • M.D. Drexel University, 1967

Representative Publications

  • Il'Giovine, ZJ; Mulder, H; Chiswell, K; Arges, K; Tomfohr, J; Hashmi, A; Velazquez, EJ; Kisslo, JA; Samad, Z; Rajagopal, S, Right Ventricular Longitudinal Strain Reproducibility Using Vendor-Dependent and Vendor-Independent Software., Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (2018) [10.1016/j.echo.2018.01.008] [abs].
  • Romano, MMD; Branco, M; Moreira, HT; Schmidt, A; Kisslo, J; Maciel, BC, Appropriate use of echocardiography and relation to clinical decision making in both inpatients and outpatients in a developing country, Echocardiography, vol 35 no. 1 (2018), pp. 9-16 [10.1111/echo.13725] [abs].
  • Sze, E; Dunning, A; Loring, Z; Atwater, BD; Chiswell, K; Daubert, JP; Kisslo, JA; Mark, DB; Velazquez, EJ; Samad, Z, Comparison of Incidence of Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction Among Patients With Left Bundle Branch Block Versus Those With Normal QRS Duration., The American Journal of Cardiology, vol 120 no. 11 (2017), pp. 1990-1997 [10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.08.003] [abs].
  • Atwater, BD; Wagner, GS; Kisslo, J; Risum, N, The electromechanical substrate for response to cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with right bundle branch block., Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, vol 40 no. 12 (2017), pp. 1358-1367 [10.1111/pace.13231] [abs].
  • Kakkad, V; Hollender, P; Kisslo, J; Trahey, G, Spatio-temporal consistency of transthoracic ARFI-derived metrics of myocardial function, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium : [proceedings]. IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2017) [10.1109/ULTSYM.2017.8092836] [abs].