Dr. Stephen B. Liggett


Professor of medicine and physiology and director of the cardiopulmonary genomics program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

In the news

Liggett was the lead author of a study that discovered why one of the most commonly prescribed heart medications doesn't always work. The findings on beta blockers could alter treatment for millions suffering from congestive heart failure.

Career highlights

He was an intern and resident in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. He was an assistant professor of medicine at Duke University from 1990 to 1992, then held a number of positions at the University of Cincinnati, where he became director of its cardiopulmonary research center in 2003. He has been at the University of Maryland since 2005. He is a prolific author and lecturer.


Liggett, 51, grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and lives in Clarksville with his wife, Dr. Claire M. Fraser, who is president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and received his medical degree in 1982 from the University of Miami.


He is most proud of being both a doctor who worked with patients and a researcher. "I have been in the trenches and I know what it is like. I know the frustration of not being able to care for people. That is something you cannot convey to somebody who has never seen a patient."

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