Asher Kimchi, MD


Asher Kimchi, MD, is the co-medical director of the Preventive and Consultative Heart Center of Excellence at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is the immediate past clinical chief of the Cedars-Sinai Division of Cardiology. He also holds the academic title of clinical professor of medicine. He is also a past president of the Greater Los Angeles Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dr. Kimchi, a former flight surgeon in the Israeli air force, is the founder and chair of the International Academy of Cardiology. He founded the world congress on heart disease and has served as its chair for 28 years.

Through the organization, he has directed 25 international congresses on heart failure and heart disease. He is an editor or co-editor of 12 books, and his scientific articles on the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease and heart failure have appeared in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, JAMA Internal Medicine and the American Heart Journal. He has presented his scientific work at numerous national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Cardiology.

Dr. Kimchi is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, including “Passion of the Heart Award” from the American Heart Association in 2006, “HeartView Global Foundation Award” in 2013 and “Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Science, Medicine and Surgery” from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences in 2019.

Over the past several years, Dr. Kimchi’s research has focused on the management of patients hospitalized with decompensated heart failure. The research involves designing and evaluating interventions to improve the care transition from hospital to home to reduce readmissions and potentially improve morbidity and mortality. In clinical practice, Dr. Kimchi provides comprehensive cardiology care with emphasis on the prevention of heart disease.