Joseph Lerman, MD

Start Year

Education and Training

Brown University

Medical School 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Duke University

Career and Research Goals

I am interested in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, as well as Critical Care Cardiology. I hope to have a career in academics, and contribute to both clinical research and translational discoveries in these vulnerable populations.

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • NHLBI Orloff Science Award, Co-Recipient (2018)
  • AOA, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2017)
  • NIH Medical Research Scholars Fellowship (2015-2016)

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I grew up in the Chicago area and went to undergrad at Brown University. From there, I spent one year in Peru working for a public health organization, and then went to medical school in New York, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I did my residency training here at Duke, and I am so excited to join the fellowship program.  

What are your career plans in cardiology?
I am interested in pursuing subspecialty training in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant and plan to pursue a career in academic cardiology.

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
I wanted to find a balanced fellowship program, that offered both top-notch clinical training as well as well-funded academic research support. Duke provides both of those, in spades. In addition, the leadership at Duke are approachable, and truly invested in the success of their trainees.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
I think it is important to see what the graduates of a fellowship program are doing. If they are pursuing opportunities that interest you, it’s probably a good fit.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
As a resident at Duke, I have been continually impressed by the Cardiology faculty. They are extremely knowledgeable, passionate about teaching, and invested in mentorship.

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
The quality of life in the Triangle is fantastic. Durham is small enough to be affordable and convenient, but big enough to have tons of things to do and great restaurants to eat at. Whether it's hiking in Eno or Umstead State Parks, the access to nature here is also fantastic. On weekends off, my wife and I have loved trips to both the mountains in Asheville (2.5 hours west) and to Carolina Beach (2.5 hours east).


Joshi, Aditya A., Joseph B. Lerman, Aparna P. Sajja, Garima Dahiya, Avantee V. Gokhale, Amit K. Dey, Andreas Kyvernitakis, et al. “Sex-Based Differences in Left Ventricular Assist Device Utilization: Insights From the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2004 to 2016.” Circulation. Heart Failure 12, no. 9 (September 13, 2019): e006082.

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Joshi, A. A., A. P. Sajja, J. B. Lerman, A. K. Dey, M. Kanwar, and A. Raina. “Gender Disparity in Left Ventricular Assist Device Utilization: Insights from Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2004-2016.” In The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 38:S346–47. Elsevier BV, 2019.

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Joshi, Aditya A., Joseph B. Lerman, Amit K. Dey, Aparna P. Sajja, Agastya D. Belur, Youssef A. Elnabawi, Justin A. Rodante, et al. “Association Between Aortic Vascular Inflammation and Coronary Artery Plaque Characteristics in Psoriasis.” Jama Cardiology 3, no. 10 (October 2018): 949–56.

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Goyal, Aditya, Tsion Aberra, Youssef A. Elnabawi, Amit Dey, Jonathan Chung, Agastya D. Belur, Jacob W. Groenendyk, et al. “AMYGDALA ACTIVITY ASSESSED BY 18-FDG PET/CT IS ASSOCIATED WITH NON-CALCIFIED CORONARY PLAQUE BURDEN QUANTIFIED BY CORONARY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY IN PSORIASIS.” In Journal of Investigative Medicine, 66:699–700. BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, 2018.

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Joshi, Aditya A., Joseph Lerman, Tsion Aberra, Amit Dey, Tarun Sharma, Mario Castagnaro, Maria Patarroyo, Srinivas Murali, Raymond Benza, and Amresh Raina. “INCREASED CLINICAL AND FINANCIAL BURDEN OF HEART FAILURE HOSPITALIZATIONS IN PATIENTS WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: INSIGHTS FROM THE NATIONAL INPATIENT SAMPLE.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 71:A903–A903. Elsevier BV, 2018.

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Dey, Amit K., Aditya A. Joshi, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Joseph B. Lerman, Tsion M. Aberra, Justin A. Rodante, Heather L. Teague, et al. “Association Between Skin and Aortic Vascular Inflammation in Patients With Psoriasis: A Case-Cohort Study Using Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography.” Jama Cardiology 2, no. 9 (September 2017): 1013–18.

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Lerman, Joseph B., Aditya A. Joshi, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Tsion M. Aberra, Amit K. Dey, Justin A. Rodante, Taufiq Salahuddin, et al. “Coronary Plaque Characterization in Psoriasis Reveals High-Risk Features That Improve After Treatment in a Prospective Observational Study.” Circulation 136, no. 3 (July 2017): 263–76.

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Kabbany, Mohammad Tarek, Amit Dey, Parag Shukla, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Anshuma Rana, Joshua Rivers, Jonathan Chung, et al. “IMPROVEMENT IN CHOLESTEROL EFFLUX CAPACITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH A REDUCTION IN AORTIC WALL THICKNESS BY MRI INDEPENDENT OF TRADITIONAL CV RISK FACTORS.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 69:1477–1477. Elsevier BV, 2017.

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Lerman, Joseph B., Ira A. Parness, and Rajesh U. Shenoy. “Body Weights in Adults With Congenital Heart Disease and the Obesity Frequency.” The American Journal of Cardiology 119, no. 4 (February 2017): 638–42.

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Joshi, Aditya A., Joseph B. Lerman, Tsion M. Aberra, Mehdi Afshar, Heather L. Teague, Justin A. Rodante, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, et al. “GlycA Is a Novel Biomarker of Inflammation and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in Psoriasis.” Circulation Research 119, no. 11 (November 2016): 1242–53.

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