J. Paul Mounsey, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, a nationally recognized leader in electrophysiology, will join UAMS on Oct. 1 as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine and director of the cardiovascular program at UAMS.
“Dr. Mounsey brings extensive expertise and leadership experience to our clinical, educational and research programs in cardiovascular medicine,” Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., and Internal Medicine Chair James Marsh, M.D., said in a June 17 announcement to the faculty.
Current Division Director and Professor David Rutlen, M.D., will assume a new role on Oct. 1 as director of Inpatient Cardiology, leading efforts to enhance quality and efficiency in inpatient cardiology care.
“We also want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Dr. Rutlen for his 11 years of service and excellent leadership of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as for his ongoing commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular care at UAMS,” Westfall and Marsh said.
Mounsey currently serves as professor of medicine and director of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University (ECU) and the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, North Carolina.
Mounsey received his doctorate in physiology, with an emphasis in cardiac muscle biophysics, from St. Thomas Hospital Medical School in London, U.K., in 1983 and his medical degree from the University of Oxford Medical School in 1987. He completed his internship and residency in medicine at Oxford. Mounsey continued his training with a cardiology fellowship at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K. and a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the University of Virginia.
Mounsey began his career in academic medicine as a lecturer in cardiology at Oxford and then as a senior lecturer in cardiology at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. He returned to the United States in 1996 and served on the faculty of the University of Virginia until 2007, when he was recruited to the University of North Carolina (UNC). He served as a professor of medicine and director of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at UNC until 2012, when he was named Cecil Sewell Endowed Distinguished Professor of Medicine. Mounsey was recruited to Eastern Carolina University and his current posts in the ECU Brody School of Medicine and East Carolina Heart Institute in August 2017.
In addition to publishing extensively, Mounsey has served on the editorial boards of Heart Rhythm, the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and the Journal of Electrocardiography. He has also been an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals including Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Mounsey is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiologists and the American Heart Association. Among numerous honors, he received the University of Virginia Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Excellence Award and the University of Virginia Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence in 2001. He received the Leonard S. Gettes Faculty Teaching Award in the UNC Division of Cardiology in 2008.