Areas of Expertise: Abbott Heart Failure Division, mechanical circulatory support, heart transplantation and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Robert Kormos is the Divisional Vice President of Global Medical Affairs for Heart Failure, Abbott. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Kormos has been at the forefront of organ transplantation and cardiac assist device development for over three decades. Dr. Kormos was a co-principal investigator of the NHLBI RFP in 1995 for the development of the HeartMate II LVAD and performed the first human implant in Israel in July 2000. He was the co-principal investigator on the NHLBI contract entitled, “Interagency Registry of Mechanical Circulatory Support for End Stage Heart Failure (INTERMACS)” and was the Chair of the STS Taskforce on INTERMACS. He was the founding member in 2002 of the STS Workforce on End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease. 

Dr. Kormos' clinical interests in mechanical circulatory support have resulted in his authorship/co-authorship of over 350 published articles, over 330 proceedings papers, 40 book chapters, and a textbook. His research interests also extend to biosensor diagnostic detectors for congestive heart failure and the use of machine learning for clinical data analysis.

Recognitions include the President's Award at the 7th Annual Scientific Session of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in 1987. He was also elected to serve as President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation from 1999-2000. He received the American Heart Association of Pittsburgh Peter J Safar “Pulse of Pittsburgh” Achievement Award in 2016, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons in 2020.

Dr. Kormos also served as Deputy Director for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the past director of UPMC's Artificial Heart and Heart Transplant Program, a position he held for 25 years. He held the Brack G. Hattler Chair of Cardiothoracic Transplantation since 2014.

He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and has served on various professional boards, including the Mechanical Circulatory Support group for the Association for the Advancement of the Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and on the Medicare Evidence Development Committee (MEDCAC).

Dr. Kormos continues to drive forward the boundaries of medical research and device development through his leadership in the field and collaboration with academic institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.