Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D.

Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic

The work of Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., examines the mechanisms that influence the brain's regulation of the heart and blood vessels in both health and disease. His research includes sleep and its interaction with circulatory control, as well as the mechanisms linking obesity to heart disease.

This research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, and a European Union joint grant to Mayo Clinic and St. Anne's University Hospital Brno International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) in the Czech Republic.

Dr. Somers received his M.D. from the University of Natal, South Africa. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship, internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa, where he also served as director of the Cardiovascular Neurophysiology Laboratory.

He is a professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and the international scientific director of the ICRC. Dr. Somers is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and is an American Society of Hypertension-designated specialist in clinical hypertension.

2012 conference presentation