Charles German

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Charles German, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Charles German, MD, MS, is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in preventive and general cardiology. Dr. German works with patients who are at risk for heart disease to collaborate on individual treatment plans for each patient.

Dr. German is passionate about using his expertise in preventive cardiology to help his patients avoid or slow the progression of heart disease. His methods include everything from exercise and lifestyle modification to advanced lipid testing and medication in order to personalize care to meet his patient’s specific needs and deliver the best outcomes. Dr. German also has experience treating patients with genetic cholesterol disorders, difficult-to-control blood pressure, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Along with his devotion to his clinical practice, Dr. German also conducts ongoing research that can help predict and prevent heart disease. Specifically, he has a keen interest in physical activity research, trying to understand how different types of exercise and physical activity mediate heart health. His work has been published in several highly respected, peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Cardiology, Heart, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and American Journal of Hypertension.

As a physician, Dr. German understands the impact that mentors can have, so he takes his teaching opportunities seriously. He plans to guide medical students, residents and fellows throughout their career through practical training and lectures on topics related to preventive cardiology.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society for Preventive Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • National Lipid Association

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Texas Medical Branch; Wake Forest School of Medicine


  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

News & Research

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  • Multiplan PPO
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  • United Options (PPO)
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  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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