Geoffrey Pitt, M.D., Ph.D., is a cardiologist and physician-scientist whose research focuses on diseases caused by abnormal function of ion channels, specialized proteins in cells that control electrical activity. Dr. Pitt’s laboratory applies electrophysiology, biochemistry, structural biology, and animal models of human diseases to discern how aberrant ion channel function leads to diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias, neuropsychiatric disorders, ataxias, and epilepsy. Recent work has elucidated novel roles for voltage-gated ion channels in non-excitable tissue and during embryonic development.
Dr. Pitt is the Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Medicine and serves as the Director of Cardiovascular Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Pitt is also an attending physician at NewYork Presbyterian-Cornell Hospital.
He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before completing both internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship training at Stanford University Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Before joining the Weill Cornell Medical College faculty, Dr. Pitt was Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in the departments of Neurobiology and Pharmacology at Duke University, where he was the Director and founder of the Ion Channel Research Unit.