Dr. Joaquin E. Cigarroa came to OHSU in January of 2006 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine, and the Director of Interventional Cardiology and the recipient of the Rappoport Distinguished Professor.  

He was raised in South Texas and received his undergraduate degree from Yale, medical degree from Cornell and his postgraduate training in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Since arriving at OHSU, Dr. Cigarroa has served as the Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs for the division of cardiology and now for the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. In 2017, he also was appointed as Chief of Cardiology. He continues to work clinically, with a specific focus on complex coronary interventions and structural heart disease. He has a longstanding interest in valvular heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and performs procedures in all aspects of structural heart disease.

He serves on various committees locally, regionally and nationally. At OHSU, he has served on the OHSU Medical Board, Faculty Practice Plan board, and the Faculty Practice Plan Management board. At the regional level, he serves as President of the Portland/Vancouver AHA board. At the national level, he serves on ACC/AHA Guideline Committees, the ACC Interventional Scientific Council, several SCAI committees, and on the FDA Cardiac Devices Panel.