Dr. Richard Marcus is one of the nation's leading experts in echocardiology - the use of echocardiography to diagnose heart disease.
Dr. Marcus, a native of South Africa, received a medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg. He then completed surgery and internal medicine internships at Johannesburg General Hospital; and senior internships in surgery and anesthesiology, and a residency in internal medicine at the Johannesburg Group of Teaching Hospitals.
After two years of military service, Dr. Marcus completed a cardiology research fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand; a clinical cardiology fellowship at the Johannesburg Group of Teaching Hospitals; and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
He has held numerous academic and clinical appointments, and has published extensively in the areas of valvular heart disease, left ventricular function, ventricular-arterial coupling and Doppler echocardiography. He joined Iowa Heart Center in 1996.
Dr. Marcus is board certified in cardiology and echocardiography, and currently practices at Iowa Heart Center's West University clinic in West Des Moines.