University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

Arthur J. Moss

’62M (Res)

Arthur J Moss

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Dr. Arthur J. Moss is a professor of medicine at the University of Rochester and the founding director of the Heart Research Follow-Up Program (HRFUP), the most successful research group in the nation studying sudden cardiac death. Through a career that spans nearly six decades, Dr. Moss has dedicated his professional career to heart disease research, creating life-changing resources and treatments that have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. He is the author of more than 600 scientific medical articles and four medical books, and currently holds the Bradford C. Berk, MD, PhD Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology. 

A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Moss earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1953. He continued on to Harvard University where he pursued his medical degree and graduated in 1957. Dr. Moss remained in the Boston-area, completing his medical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1961, Dr. Moss joined the University of Rochester Medical Center where he completed an additional residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Fascinated by the genetics of heart disease, Dr. Moss began studying Long QT syndrome (LQTS), a disease that makes the heart susceptible to fatal arrhythmias, in the 1960s. In 1979, he helped launch the International LQTS Registry, a database for families with the LQTS trait, and one of the first gene registries for any disease in the world. Through this registry, Dr. Moss and his team identified the genetic variants that cause the most common forms of LQTS, which paved the way for genetic testing and innovative treatments for this potentially fatal syndrome. Dr. Moss has also been recognized as an expert on electrical disturbances of the heart, leading research that resulted in the widespread use of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device that shocks the heart into proper rhythm when a dangerous rhythm is detected. In 2002, he led the study that changed medical guidelines nationwide, making more heart attack survivors eligible for life-changing ICD therapy each year. As the founding director of HRFUP, he and his team have spent more than 45 years performing large-scale clinical trials of patient at risk for cardiac arrest, the largest cause of natural death in the United States.

A longstanding supporter of the School of Medicine and Dentistry the Warner School of Education and, Dr. Moss has been honored by his alma mater on several occasions. He is the recipient of the School of Medicine and Dentistry Gold Medal Award, the Hutchinson Medal, and the Eastman Medal, recognizing individuals whose achievements and service embody the University's highest ideals. Dr. Moss is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, and an active member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society.

He and his wife, Joy, live in Rochester, New York. They have three children, and nine grandchildren.