Sam S. Gidding, MD

Chief Medical Officer, The FH Foundation

Dr. Gidding is Chief Medical Officer for the FH Foundation, a leading research and advocacy organization focused on reducing heart disease by driving scientific understanding and evidence-based care of familial hypercholesterolemia.  

Dr. Gidding is known for founding PEDAL, a consortium dedicated to prevention of adult onset lipid related diseases beginning in youth. He is a member of the ACC/AHA task force on clinical practice guidelines and has participated in the development of new adult and pediatric blood pressure guidelines.

He has previously worked on guidelines/scientific statements on familial hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, tobacco, obesity, nutrition, diabetes, and congenital heart disease for AHA, AAP, NHLBI, WHO, CDC, EAS, NLA, and ADA. Dr. Gidding has been a visiting professor at the Cleveland Clinic, University of Miami, University of Pittsburg, University of West Virginia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas A and M University, Brown University, the University of Hawaii, Montefiore Hospital, and the University of Michigan and lectured internationally.Past clinical interests included preventive cardiology, general pediatric cardiology, echocardiography, exercise, and heart failure/transplantation. Prior funded research includes co-investigator for the echocardiography reading centers of the TODAY and CARDIA studies and a study on cardiovascular risk in Down syndrome.

He was a co-investigator of the DISC study and collaborated with the Bogalusa Heart Study. Dr. Gidding participated in many local studies on congenital heart disease, on the cardiovascular morbidity of obesity, and early imaging of atherosclerosis. He helped design the DO-IT trial, a statin intervention trial in adolescents funded by the Pediatric Heart Network (NHLBI) and remains a site co-investigator for the AMGEN pediatric PCSK9 inhibitor trial.