Brooks S. Edwards, M.D.

  1. Cardiologist
  2. Internist
  3. Director, William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration
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I'm Brooks Edwards. I'm a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, and I specialize in congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation. When I meet a patient, I want them to know that I'm there for them, that this is a special relationship. It is really an honor to take care of patients and to have an opportunity to integrate into their life and to be a partner with them.

And I want them to feel that partnership. I want them to feel like they have a friend, a family member, a very well-trained and knowledgeable physician caring for them. And we walk hand-in-hand. We're here to make someone's life meaningful and give them a quality of life that allows them to do precisely what they want to do, and we celebrate their successes.

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Brooks S. Edwards, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist with subspecialty certification in heart failure and transplantation. He attended Mayo Medical School and obtained specialty training in internal medicine and cardiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He served a two-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship studying cardiorenal physiology. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 1989, Dr. Edwards was a transplant fellow at Stanford University.

Areas of clinical expertise include:

  • Management of patients with advanced-stage heart failure
  • Evaluation and treatment of cardiac transplant candidates and recipients
  • Coordination of multiorgan transplantation evaluation and care (heart-lung, heart-liver and heart-kidney)
  • Care of the patient requiring mechanical cardiac support (left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, and total artificial heart)
  • Cardiac care for patients receiving noncardiac organ or bone marrow transplants
  • Evaluation and multidisciplinary care of patients undergoing hand and face transplantation (VCA transplantation)
  • Application of cellular therapy of treatment of end-stage organ dysfunction

Dr. Edwards has led a number of initiatives at Mayo Clinic, where he served as the medical director of the heart transplant program and later as director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester. He has always had an interest in consumer health engagement and was the founding medical editor-in-chief of He is a former president of the Mayo Clinic staff.

  1. Congestive heart failure
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Pulmonary hypertension
  1. Heart transplant
  • Cardiac transplantation
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Post transplant Hypertension
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Consumer health education
  1. 1989
    Fellow - Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Cardiovascular DiseasesMayo Clinic in Rochester
  2. 1987
    Fellow - NIH Research Fellow, Cardiorenal Research Laboratory, Department of Physiology and BiophysicsMayo Clinic in Rochester
  3. 1985
    Resident - Internal MedicineMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1982
    MDMayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 1978
    BS - Biology and Chemistry, Magna cum Laude, Highest Honors in BiologyMacalester College


  1. 2010
    Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant CardiologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 1985
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  3. 1989
    Cardiovascular DiseasesAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2007
    Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors
  2. 2006
    Who's Who in Science and EngineeringMarquis Who's Who
  3. 2005
    Gold/Health Promotion/Disease and Injury PreventionWorld Wide Web Health Awards
  4. 2005
    Silver/Patient EducationWorld Wide Web Health Awards
  5. 2005
    Platinum in the Best Overall Internet Site Award Categorye-Healthcare Leadership Awards
  6. 2005
    Gold in the Best Site Design Award Categorye-Healthcare Leadership Awards
  7. 2005
    Silver for Health Promotion Disease and Injury Prevention InformationWorld Wide Web Awards for Spring Summer
  8. 2005
    Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors
  9. 2004
    Special Award/Best Site Structure & NavigationWorld Wide Web Health Awards
  10. 2004
    Bronze/Division-Media; Category-Web SiteWorld Wide Web Mature Media Award
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Professional memberships

  1. 2007 - 2008
    MemberMayo Clinic Integrated Internet Presence Work Group
  2. 2007 - 2008
    MemberInternational Strategic Planning Work Group
  3. 2004
    PresidentOfficers & Councilors of Staff - Rochester, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  4. 2004
    MemberBoard of Governors, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  5. 2003
    President-ElectOfficers & Councilors of Staff - Rochester, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  6. 2001 - present
    Vice ChairAsthma, Rhinitis and Respiratory Diseases Interest Section, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  7. 1999 - 2005
    Non-Voting MemberBoard of Governors, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  8. 1999 - 2001
    SecretaryAsthma, Rhinitis and Respiratory Diseases Interest Section, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  9. 1999 - 2000
    ChairMembership and Nominating Committee, Northland Affiliate, American Heart Association
  10. 1999
    ChairChild Abuse Subcommittee, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
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Research activities

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