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VHI STAFF



Irving Kent Loh, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.C.C.P., F.A.C.P.



Dr. Loh is a board certified internist and subspecialty certified cardiac specialist with a special focus on preventive cardiology.


He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Fellow of the American Heart Association (Council on Epidemiology and Prevention), Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC Irvine.


His undergraduate education was at UC Berkeley (elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior), medical school (Regents Scholar; elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, as a junior) and internal medicine residency at UC San Francisco, and initial lipid research at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Staff Associate in the intramural (Molecular Diseases Branch/Lipid Metabolism Branch) and Science Project Officer in the extramural (Cardiac Diseases Branch; Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases) divisions. He subsequently was on faculty jointly in both the Department of Cardiology and the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was a sub-investigator on a large NIH Specialized Center of Research Program Project Grant. He founded and directs the Ventura Heart Institute, which conducts education, research (he has been a Principal Investigator in over 160 clinical trials in new and novel therapies for dyslipidemias (now mostly focused on PCSK9 monoclonal antibodies and CETP inhibitors), heart failure, hypertension, anti-arrhythmics and devices), as well as in information technology and preventive cardiovascular programs.  He is the principal investigator for cardiovascular clinical trials with Westlake Medical Research (www.wmresearch.com) and is directing the development of a regional clinical research consortium.   In 1987, Dr. Loh created and has continued to refine a unique electronic medical record system that allows him to care for his patients and provide key data to colleagues or emergency facilities anywhere and anytime.  In 2001, he was the recipient of one of four international grants from the London-based Future Forum on innovative preventive cardiology strategies; his grant focused on innovative use of information technology to improve quality of care and outcome.

He chaired the HCA Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center's Institutional Review Board for 18 years, founded the Bioethics Committee serving as its chair for 3 years, and directed the echocardiography laboratory for 15 years. He has been a member of Amgen’s Institutional BioSafety Committee, the State of California Department of Health Services Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Coalition, the manuscript review board and ad hoc editor for the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, the Expert Panel on Outcomes Evaluation and Research for the American Heart Association, and an advisor to the Advisory Board Company/Cardiology Preeminence Roundtable based in Washington DC. He served as an Executive Steering Committee member of the West Lipid Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the Vascular Biology Working Group, the Future Forum and the Mobile Healthcare Alliance. He has served as the cardiovascular consultant for the SportsMed Company/Sports Club of America, and was appointed to the State of California Health Executive Advisory Review Team to consult on preventive cardiology, and to the Information Systems subcommittee of The Healthcare Collaborative at UCLA. He was appointed to the Lumetra, formerly known as CMRI (California’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization), Expert Panel on Acute Myocardial Infarction for hospital quality improvement.  He served as the first Chief of Medicine for the Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital.   From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Loh was Program Director for Cardiovascular Services for the Community Memorial Health System based in Ventura, CA, assisting them in the development of a comprehensive heart and vascular clinical program.  He was a Consultant Physician for the Ventura County Health Care Agency, focusing on disease management and enhanced development of clinical research programs.   He is a charter member of Lipidologists of Los Angeles, and a member of the Medical Advisory Boards for Doximity™, Tiatros™, Skipta (medical social network), Genomic Express, DoctorBase™ and a member of HealthTap™ ClubMD as well as a Founding Medical Expert and Chief Scholar.  He is the lead ambassador for Sermo's Cardiology Hub.  He is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer for Infermedica, an artificial intelligence company focused on clinical decision support, and Chief Medical Advisor for Confideo Labs/DoctorVirtualis, a healthcare technology company exploring innovative applications of virtual reality in healthcare.

In 1993, he was appointed to two White House Briefing Teams (Budget and Finance, and Provider Choice, serving as that team's facilator) for the President’s healthcare reform proposal and served on the Executive Steering Committee of the National Health Policy Council, a bipartisan non-profit foundation chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller IV. He was a surrogate speaker for the White House on health care reform, lecturing nationally and regionally as well as providing interviews for newspapers, radio and television programs.  He has served as a healthcare advisor for the presidential campaigns of retired General Wesley Clark, former Senator John Edwards and was a member of then Senator Obama's Healthcare Advisory Committee.

He has published in the medical literature and provided numerous articles, op-eds and interviews for magazines, newspapers, radio, and television including segments in New York with NBC’s Today show on premature heart disease and ABC’s HOME SHOW on health care reform. He writes a health column, Second Opinion, for the Star newspapers (copies of which are accessible from the top menus of these web pages, with the most recent columns accessible by searching "Irving Loh" at www.vcstar.com).

Lecture topics include: cardiovascular risk reduction and integrated disease management strategies for the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, the disease management of congestive heart failure, dyslipidemias, hypertension and the use of medical information technology to optimize quality and outcome in high risk and high cost patients.  A link to his healthcare information technology lecture at UC Berkeley for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the School of Public Health is available by clicking the link on the home page or by searching on YouTube™.  He was an invited presenter to the Inaugural Harvard America China Health Summit in Boston in 2011 on the topic of healthcare information technology to improve quality of care and patient outcome.   He has conducted primers for colleagues on computer presentations at regional and national speaker bureaus.  He has delivered approximately 350 lectures, keynotes, presentations, abstracts and webcasts.  He also presented at a TEDx program (http://youtu.be/b51KhIy3cA0) on how medical knowledge advances through the use of rigorously conducted clinical trials.

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