Jan N. Basile, M.D., was the chief of primary care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and is currently professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine/geriatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He served his internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was also chief resident. Dr. Basile is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, is board certified in internal medicine and has been designated as a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.
A recipient of many honors and awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Golden Apple Award at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Basile’s interests involve hypertension and vascular disease. His research interests include outcome-based clinical trials involving hypertension, lipid disorders and diabetes. He has and is currently participating in several large studies evaluating the effect of pharmacologic therapy on improving patient outcome. These include the completed antihypertensive and lipid lowering treatment to prevent heart attack trial (ALLHAT), valsartan antihypertensive long-term use evaluation (VALUE) trial, avoiding cardiovascular events through combination therapy in patients living with systolic hypertension (ACCOMPLISH) study, as well as the ongoing telmisartan alone and in combination with ramipril global endpoint trial (ONTARGET). He continues to be involved in the action to control cardiovascular risk in diabetes (ACCORD) trial.
Dr Basile was active within the VA, where he worked the past 31 years. He served on the VA national working group in hypertension. He continues to be an advisor to central office through the primary care field advisory board and is the primary care representative on the chiefs of medicine committee.
In addition to contributing to the 7th joint national committee report on the prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure (JNC 7), Dr. Basile has contributed over 250 publications to the scientific literature including original articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is senior editor of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension and co-author of a textbook: Hot Topics: Hypertension. Dr Basile is currently president of the Southern Medical Association.