Frances Johnson, MD, Cardiology, Des Moines, IA, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Cardiology Des Moines, IA

Heart Failure & Transplantation

Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist

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  • I am a board certified cardiologist sub specialized in advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, cardiac transplantation and pulmonary hypertension. My clinical activities have focused on this population exclusively since 1995. My training and work experience also includes immunology, stem cell and vascular biology, and the use of molecular diagnostics.

    The University of Iowa Cardiomyopathy Treatment Program is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary service line within the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center. Pulmonary arterial hypertension care is an integrated service within the program and is supported by both cardiology and pulmonary specialists. As Director, I participate in multiple clinical trials, maintain a longitudinal biobank for cardiovascular disease, and direct a fellowship in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation. I routinely evaluate and treat people with advanced heart failure and those who have received advanced cardiac therapies such as cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support devices. My pulmonary hypertension practice is limited to acute and critical care of those individuals.

Education & Training

  • Stanford University
    Stanford UniversityFellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, 1992 - 1995
  • UCSF
    UCSFResidency, Internal Medicine, 1989 - 1991
  • UCSF
    UCSFInternship, Internal Medicine, 1988 - 1989
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
    University of Washington School of MedicineClass of 1988

Certifications & Licensure

  • IA State Medical License
    IA State Medical License 2006 - 2022
  • MD State Medical License
    MD State Medical License 2003 - 2006
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1990 - Present
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2013

Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations



  • Progress in Internal Medicine 
    UI Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa - 9/27/2012

Press Mentions

  • University of Iowa Diagnostic Startup to Present in National Competition
    University of Iowa Diagnostic Startup to Present in National CompetitionSeptember 06, 2016 10:29

Hospital Affiliations