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John A Kastor

John A Kastor M.D.

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Location: 110 S. Paca Street, 2N-139
Phone: (410) 328-6727
Phone: (410) 276-5815
Fax: (410) 328-8087

Personal History:

John A. Kastor (A.B. with honors, University of Pennsylvania, M.D., New York University), is Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Bellevue and New York University (now Tisch) hospitals and in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was appointed to the staff and to the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. From 1969 to 1983, he worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he became Professor of Medicine in 1976 and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division in 1977. From 1984 to 1997, Dr. Kastor was Theodore E. Woodward Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of the Medical Service at the University of Maryland Hospital.

Research Interests:

Governance and organization of medical centers. Mechanisms, diagnosis and management of cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Kastor is the editor of the Health Policy section of The Pharos. He consults with academic medical centers, medical schools, and teaching hospitals about governance, organization, and related topics.

Clinical Speciality:

  • Cardiology
  • Arrhythmias
  • Clinical electrophysiology


Publications on PubMed

Dr. Kastor is the author or co-author of more than 130 papers and the following books and recent articles:

  • Arrhythmias (W.B. Saunders 1994 [editor], second edition, 2000.)
  • Mergers of Teaching Hospitals in Boston, New York, and Northern California (University of Michigan Press, 2001)
  • Governance of Teaching Hospitals: Turmoil at Penn and Hopkins (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.)
  • Specialty Care in the Era of Managed Care: Cleveland Clinic versus University Hospitals of Cleveland (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.)
  • You and your Arrhythmia: A Guide to Cardiac Arrhythmias for Patients and Families (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006.)
  • Selling Teaching Hospitals and Practice Plans: George Washington & Georgetown Universities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.)
  • National Institutes of Health 1991-2008 (Oxford University Press, 2010.)
  • Failure of the Merger of the Mount Sinai and NYU Hospitals and Medical Schools: Parts 1 and 2. (Academic Medicine 2010;85:1823-1827, 1828-1832.)
  • Productivity Still Drives Compensation in High Performing Group Practices. Mark Kelley, coauthor. (Health Affairs Blog 12/20/2010.)
  • Accountable Care Organizations in Academic Medical Centers. N Engl J Med. 2011; 364:e11. NEJMp1013221