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Nir Uriel, MD

Louis Block Professor in Medicine

Director, Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Nir Uriel, MD, is a leader in the field of heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. He specializes in caring for patients who require mechanical circulatory support, including ventricular assist devices (VADs).

Dr. Uriel's research focuses on advanced heart failure physiology, heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support. Dr Uriel specialized and reported physiological changes and developed treatment algorithms for patients supported with Mechanical Circulatory Support that are being used worldwide. These findings were published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. He has a strong interest in high-risk transplant populations, including HIV-positive patients and patients who have received mediastinal radiation due to tumors or prior transplants. Through his research, Dr. Uriel has improved treatment protocols and patient care for these high-risk groups.

An accomplished author, Dr. Uriel has published more than 80 original, peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, including American Journal of Transplantation, Journal of American College of Cardiology and Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Practice Location

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine (Israel)
Cardiology (Israel)

Medical School

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Internship and Residency

Assaf Harofeh Hospital


Assaf Harofeh Hospital
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Additional Graduate Degrees

MSc, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (POR - Biostatistics)


American Heart Association
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Israel Cardiology Society
Israel Medical Association

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-9396

Office Fax

(773) 834-1764

Office Postal Address

Nir Uriel, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2016
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Uriel

Carl Klaxon's health was deteriorating due to heart failure, but was told he as ineligible for a heart transplant because of his HIV. Klaxon refused to give up and continued looking for alternative treatment solutions, which led him to the University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Uriel is featured in a story about how Klaxon become the first HIV patient to receive a heart transplant in Illinois.

Torrence Tate needed a left ventricular assist device to support his heart until he could be transplanted, but he was terrified to receive one after witnessing the complications his father went through on an LVAD. Dr. Uriel promised Tate he would find an alternative solution. As a result, Tate was the first University of Chicago Medicine patient to receive the Impalla 5.0. The device kept Tate's heart pumping until he was successfully transplanted.

After battling heart disease for years, Ted Bayard was so sick, he had only 10 percent remaining of his normal heart function. Bayard was referred to the University of Chicago Medicine, where he received a biventricular assist device to pump his heart until a donor organ became available. Dr. Uriel is featured in a story of how mechanical circulatory support and transplantation saved Bayard's life.

The Future of Heart Failure Treatment: Q&A with Dr. Nir Uriel

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Uriel's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.