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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Medical Director, Heart Failure Clinic, UNC-Rex Hospital

Specialty Areas

Heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, cardiomyopathies, hemodynamics.

Education and Experience

BS: California State University at Los Angeles, 1996-2001; MD: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2001-2006; Internship, Internal Medicine: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2006-2007; Residency, Internal Medicine: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2007-2009; Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine: Oregon Health and Science University, 2009-2012; Chief Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine: Oregon Health and Science University, 2011-2012; Fellowship, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation: Oregon Health and Science University, 2012-2013; Masters of Clinical Research, Oregon Health and Science University, 2013-2016; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2016-Present; Medical Director, Heart Failure Clinic, UNC-Rex Hospital, Raleigh NC, 2016-present.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Chien is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at UNC at Chapel Hill. Additionally, he is the medical director of the Heart Failure Clinic at UNC-Rex in Raleigh. His clinical specialty includes the care of patients with heart failure, with specialty in advanced heart failure treatments including cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

His research interest is the study of hemodynamics in patients with left ventricular assist devices. Additionally, he collaborates on research focused on symptom biology in heart failure. Finally, he is an active participant in clinical trials for patients with heart failure.

Selected Bibliography

Song H.K., Gelow J.M., Mudd J., Chien C., Tibayan F.A., Hollifield K., Naftel D., Kirklin J. Limited utility of tricuspid valve repair at the time of left ventricular assist device implantation. Ann Thorac Surg 2016; 101:2168-74. (PMID 27139368)

Gelow J.M., Mudd J.O., Chien C.V., Lee C.S. Usefulness of cognitive dysfunction in heart failure to predict cardiovascular risk at 180 days. Am J Cardiol. 2015; 115:778-82. (PMID 25644853)

Lee, C.S., Chien, C.V., Bidwell, J.T., Gelow, J.M., Denfeld, Q.E., Masterson Creber, R., Buck, H.G., Mudd, J.O. Comorbidity profiles and inpatient outcomes during hospitalization for heart failure: an analysis of the U.S. nationwide inpatient sample. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 2014; 14(1):73. (PMID: 24898986)

Nakahara S, Chien C, Gelow J, Dalouk K, Henrikson CA, Mudd J, Stecker EC. Ventricular arrhythmias after ventricular assist device. Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. 2013; 6(3):648-54. (PMID: 23778248)


  • Phone Number

    (919)784-3324 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    UNC REX Healthcare

    2800 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 204

    Raleigh, NC 27607