Matthew Sorrentino, MD has been appointed as interim chief of the Section of Cardiology effective January 16, 2023. Dr. Sorrentino succeeds James Liao, MD who has accepted the position of Chair of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Tucson.

Dr. Sorrentino currently serves as the Department’s Vice Chair of  Clinical Operations, director of the cardiology outpatient practice, and associate director for the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence.  He began his career at the University of Chicago in 1980, as a student in the Pritzker School of Medicine.  He graduated from our internal medicine residency and our cardiology fellowship program and was appointed to the faculty in 1991 in the Section of Cardiology where he currently serves as professor of medicine

Since assuming his position as the Department’s Vice Chair of Clinical Operations in 2016, Dr. Sorrentino has helped lead the Department of Medicine’s clinical programs and serves as the key departmental representative with the UCM and BSD on issues relating to the Department’s outpatient, inpatient and offsite practices.  As a leader, he has contributed his expertise in a broad range of clinical issues and facilitated in the execution of several UCM strategic plans (e.g.  New ED & Trauma Center, South Loop, River East, Orland Park). In addition he leads the Department’s Clinical Operation Committee (CLOC) that has launched many new and important initiatives to enhance clinical productivity and provider, housestaff and patient satisfaction, including refining inpatient service models, developing formal educational curriculum for cardiac and hematology/oncology services and enhancing new patient access and length of stay.  Most noteworthy, Dr. Sorrentino’s leadership was instrumental in resolving the many challenges that the Department faced during the COVID pandemic by implementing surge protocols to care for an increasing number of patients in the ED, on the wards and in the ICU’s.

Nationally, Dr. Sorrentino is an active member of the American College of Cardiology and he has served the American Heart Association in various capacities. As an educator, Dr. Sorrentino is a two-time recipient of the Department’s Medical Residents Teaching Award and has mentored many medical students, residents and fellows. A popular speaker, Dr. Sorrentino has been invited to give lectures and run continuing medical education programs at local, national and international meetings. With Dr. George Bakris, he is co-editor of an important hypertension textbook as a companion volume to Braunwald’s Heart Disease.