Joel D. Schilling, MD, PhD

Specializes In
  • Cardiology
Languages Spoken
  • English


Sees Patients For

outpatient and inpatients management of congestive heart failure, pre- and post-heart transplant care, advanced heart failure, heart failure in diabetic patients

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital



Academic Title(s)

Associate Professor, Medicine
Cardiovascular Division

Research Interests

Research is focused on understanding the role of inflammation in diabetic heart disease. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a critical role in host defense against pathogens, but they are also activated by noninfectious cellular stress, such as that which occurs in lipid overload, diabetes, and ischemia. My lab is using a combination of cell culture and in vivo models of heart failure and lipotoxic stress to define the mechanisms by which TLR-inflammatory pathways are activated and to address the functional consequences of these pathways in the development and progression of cardiomyopathy. Through this research we hope to create a platform for translational studies involving human subjects with diabetes and heart failure. Ultimately, this work aspires to identify novel targets for treating, and perhaps preventing, heart failure in patients with diabetes.

Publications & Research

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2009 Clinical Cardiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


2005 Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis MO


1996 Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Medical Degree

2003 Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO

Fellowship (Research)

2009 Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, Washington University School of Medicine


2003 Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO