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John Nixon, MDJohn V. (IAN) Nixon, MD., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.
Medical Director
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Born in England, Dr. Nixon completed his graduate (M.B., Ch.B.) and postgraduate (M.D.) (Ph.D. equivalent) education at the University of Manchester in England. After immigrating to the United States, he was a resident at Worcester City Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and did his cardiology fellowship training at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He remained on the faculty in Dallas for ten years as an assistant and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director of the Adult Echocardiography Laboratories. In 1986, he moved to Richmond, Va., as Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University and as Director of the Echocardiography Laboratories and Heart Station.

Dr. Nixon is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Councils of both Clinical Cardiology and Circulation of the American Heart Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He recently completed his tenure on the Executive Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. A former member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography, Dr. Nixon recently chaired the Society’s Membership Committee and sat on its Legislative and Regulatory Committee. He has also served for two terms on the Promotion and Tenure Committee of the VCU School of Medicine, a committee that he has chaired on two occasions in the past. He has also served on the University Promotion and Tenure Committee of VCU and as the chair for two years.

Dr. Nixon’s areas of academic interests include ischemic heart disease and its evaluation by multiple echocardiographic disciplines, including contrast echocardiography. He has published more than 110 original papers, book chapters and review articles and presented more than 170 abstracts at international, national and regional scientific meetings. He also has had the opportunity to present both Medical and Cardiology Grand Rounds at multiple medical institutions across the country. In addition to serving as editorial consultant on more than 20 highly respected professional journals during his career, Dr. Nixon has been an editorial board member for the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Noninvasive Cardiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Cardiology.


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