Dr. Zipes received his B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1961, his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1964 and his postgraduate training at Duke University Medical Center from 1964 to 1968. He joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970 and became Professor of Medicine in 1976, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1994, and Director of the Cardiology Division and Krannert Institute of Cardiology in 1995, until 2004.
He is past president of the: Citizen’s Academy of the FBI; Indianapolis Opera; Cardiac Electrophysiology Society; Association of University Cardiologists; Heart Rhythm Society; and American College of Cardiology; and past chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
He was the founding editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (1990-2004) and is the founding editor of Heart Rhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has published over 800 articles and 21 textbooks, including Clinical Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology (2008), Cardiac Electrophysiology, From Cell to Bedside (5th edition 2009), and Braunwald’s Heart Disease, A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (9th edition 2011).
From the American Heart Association he has received the Distinguished Achievement Award (1989), the Herrick Award (1997), and the Cor Vitae Award (2004). He has received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Heart Rhythm Society (1995) as well as from the American College of Cardiology (1996), and the Cardiostim Medal (2006). He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, Master of the American College of Physicians, Master of the American College of Cardiology and Honorary Foreign Member of the Argentine Society of Cardiology and of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology. In 2001, he received the “Sagamore of the Wabash” from the Governor of Indiana, Frank O’Bannon, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen of Indiana, and in 2004, the Hon Baron P. Hill, House of Representatives, read a tribute about Dr. Zipes into the U.S. Congressional Record.
The following have been endowed: the Zipes Research Prize at Dartmouth Medical School; the Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology and the Joan and Douglas Zipes Visiting Professorship, both at Indiana University; the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Lectureship at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions; and the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Distinguished Young Scientist Award at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions. He has been recognized as an Awardee of 75 Years of Medical Excellence, Duke University Medical Center and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Duke University Medical Alumni Association 2007. In 2009, he received the Presidential Citation from the American College of Cardiology and, in 2010, the President’s Medal from Indiana University, its highest award.
He writes a regular column for the Saturday Evening Post called “Heart Health: Ask Dr. Zipes”. He has published a short story serialized in the Saturday Evening Post called “Stolen Hearts”, a travel story “Into Africa”, and a medical thriller novel called “The Black Widows”.