Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC

Richard Kovacs, MD

IU Health Physicians Cardiology

1125 West Jefferson Street
1155 Building, Suite 201

Franklin, Indiana 46131

Phone: 317.668.2200

Medical School

School of Medicine: University of Cincinnati; Residency: Indiana University Medical Center; Fellowship: Indiana University Medical Center


Dr. Kovacs specializes in Non-Invasive Cardiology, All Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing, Electrocardiography and Clinical Research.

He is a professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and the clinical director of the Krannert Institute. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. His fellowship training also was at Indiana University, where he served chief fellow and chief medical resident.

He joined the full time faculty in 1986 as Assistant Professor, subsequently serving as the medical director and CEO of Methodist Research Institute. He also served as senior clinical research physician at the Lily Research Laboratories of Eli Lily and Company. He returned to the full time IU School of Medicine faculty in 2003.

Dr. Kovacs is a clinical cardiologist, and serves as the Clinical Director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology. In this role, he is resposible for the co-ordination of patient care activities across all the hospitals served by the faculty physicians. He is the Medical Director of the Methodist Hospital Chest Pain Center, a member of Cardiology Executive Committee, and Chairs the Acute MI Performance Improvement Team. At the IU Health System level, he is Chair of the Quality Committee for the cardiovascular strategic service line.

At the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Associate Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He is the Chair of Insititutional Review Board 03 for the Biomedical Sciences and is the Chair of the IRB Executive Committee.

Dr. Kovacs plays a prominent role at the national level. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Cardiology, has chaired the ACC Board of Governors, and served as Secretary of the ACC.

His research focusses on three clinical topics: quality and measurement of quality, drug safety and sports cardiology.

Dr. Kovacs serves on the Management Board of the National Cardiovascular Data Registries, the Guidelines Taskforce of the American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology, and is Chair of the Best Practices and Quality Improvement Subcommittee of the ACC Clinical Quality Committee.

He is interested in drug safety, and serves as a consultant to industry and regulatory agencies on issues regarding the cardiovascular safety of non-cardiovascular drugs.

Dr. Kovacs will be co-chair of the committee revising the Bethesda Conference #46 Eligibility Recommendations for Competitive Atheletes with Cardiovascular Abnormalities. He co-chairs the ACC Sports and Cardiology Council and oversees the cardiovascular evaluations of players at the Annual National Football League Scouting Combine.