Alexander G. Truesdell ,

  • Interventional Cardiology

Alexander G. Truesdell, MD specializes in complex coronary interventions, coronary chronic total occlusions, mechanical circulatory support, and cardiogenic shock. He is board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease. "As an interventionalist, I am privileged to offer preventive care, clinical research innovations, and lifesaving emergency care to my fellow Virginians," he said.

Dr. Truesdell earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and fellowship training at Brown University. He is co-director of the Cardiogenic Shock Service at the Inova Heart & Vascular Institute, an investigator on multiple international cardiovascular research trials, is widely published on a variety of cardiovascular topics, and is a regular speaker at national scientific conferences.

An Army combat veteran, Dr. Truesdell previously served in infantry, intelligence, medical, and special operations units in the United States, Europe, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children biking, hiking and camping.


Medical School 

  • University of Southern California


  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center | Internal Medicine


  • Brown University | Cardiovascular Disease
  • Brown University | Interventional Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • Interventional Cardiology 
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Areas of Interest

  • Complex Coronary Interventions
  • Coronary Chronic Total Occlusions
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support

Professional Associations

  • American College of Cardiology | Fellow
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions | Fellow

Teaching Positions

  • Assistant Professor | University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor | Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Leadership Positions

  • Co-Director, Cardiogenic Shock Service | Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Member, Interventional Cardiology Leadership Council | American College of Cardiology
  • Member, Cardiogenic Shock Thinktank | Cardiac Safety Research Consortium
  • Co-Principal Investigator, INOVA-SHOCK Registry, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Teaching Faculty, Coronary Care Unit | Inova Heart and Vascular Institute


  • Army Combat Veteran (Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan) 
  • Top Doctor  |  Washingtonian
  • Top Doctor  | Northern Virginia Magazine 

Hospital Affiliations

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Reston Hospital Center
  • Virginia Hospital Center


  • Truesdell, Alexander G. SCAI SHOCK Stage Classification Expert Consensus Update: A Review and Incorporation of Validation Studies. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022. 
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. Contemporary Management of Cardiogenic Shock: A RAND Appropriateness Panel Approach. Circ Heart Fail 2021. 
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. Trends in the Outcomes of High-Risk Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device-Assisted Percutaneous Coronary Intervention 2008-2018. Am J Cardiol 2021. 
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. Vasopressors Independently Associated with Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction and Cardiogenic Shock. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2021. 
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. Should Interventional Cardiologists Super-Subspecialize?: Moving from Patient Selection to Operator Selection. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2021. 
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. A Standardized and Comprehensive Approach to the Management of Cardiogenic Shock. JACC Heart Fail 2020. 
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. Cardiac Safety Research Consortium "Shock II" Think Tank Report: Advancing Practical Approaches to Generating Evidence for the Treatment of Cardiogenic Shock. Am Heart J 2020.
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. SCAI Position Statement on Optimal Percutaneous Coronary Interventional Therapy for Complex Coronary Artery Disease. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2020.
  • Truesdell, Alexander G. Improved Outcomes with the Use of Shock Protocols: Updates from the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2019. 
    • Truesdell, Alexander G. Clinical and Regulatory Landscape for Cardiogenic Shock: a Report from the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium ThinkTank of Cardiogenic Shock. Am Heart J 2019.
      • Truesdell, Alexander G. An Angiographic and Intravascular Ultrasound Study of the Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Am J Cardiol 2011. (

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      "A team can achieve anything if no one cares who gets the credit."

      - Dr. Alexander G. Truesdell


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