Doctor (Medicine)
Atlanta, GA

Donald E. Jansen, M.P.H., M.D.

Cardiologist, Emory Heart and Vascular Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital

Donald E. Jansen, M.P.H., M.D. has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional.

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Donald E. Jansen, a distinguished Cardiologist based in Atlanta, Georgia with over thirty years of experience, is a leading expert in Advanced Heart Failure. His practice is with the Emory Heart and Vascular Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital where he focuses on both heart failure and heart transplant cardiology.

As he tells it, Jansen was inspired to go into medicine because of the example set for him by both family and friends.

I went into medicine specifically because my mother was a nurse. I enjoyed going to work with her and realized that caring for people would be a very rewarding profession. Several of my college friends pursued medicine as well.

After earning his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Jansen went on to complete his internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He followed with a fellowship in cardiology at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, where the course of his future career was cemented. During his time at Southwestern, in the mid-80s, heart failure was becoming increasingly common. One of his professors was an immunologist heart failure specialist who encouraged Jansen to pursue a focus in the field, noting the condition’s rapidly rising prevalence.

Dr. Jansen began his career serving on the faculty at Southwestern for a year before joining a private practice group at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. He has practiced at Saint Joseph’s for thirty years. His success there has earned Dr. Jansen recognition as a top cardiologist by Castle Connolly and Atlanta Magazine.

As a leader in his field, Dr. Jansen conducts his practice at the cutting edge of technological advancements in the ever-changing field of cardiology. Currently, Jansen is a co-investigator with two medical technology companies involved with developing new, smaller and less invasive devices for implantation in heart failure patients.

The biggest trend we seeing right now is the development of LVAD devices which are less intrusive. These devices are implanted to keep patients alive while waiting for a heart transplant.

Recently, Dr. Jansen was involved in a highly successful symposium to help other cardiologists remain current on the technology available for optimal patient care. Jansen hopes to continue educating health care providers on the latest treatments for heart failure patients.

After almost three decades in practice, Dr. Jansen shows no signs of slowing down. Always looking ahead, he plans to expand his role in developing new, less invasive procedures, while continuing to provide the best available care to current and future patients.


Education and Training:

  • University of Michigan, B.S., M.P.H
  • Wayne State University, M.D.
  • Emory University, Internship and Residency
  • University of Texas Southwestern, Cardiovascular Fellowship

Professional Career:

  • 1986-87, Faculty, Southwestern Medical School
  • 1987-2011, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta
  • 2011-present, Emory Heart and Vascular Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • 1991-2000 and 2007-2013, Director of Transplant Services
  • Board certified in Heart Failure

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Cardiology
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Heart Failure Society of America

Awards and Honors:

  • 1986-87, National Institute of Health grant
  • 2011-2015 Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • 2011-2015 Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors
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