Buddha Dawn

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Expertise: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Medicine


Dr. Buddhadeb (Buddha) Dawn is a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. Dawn is also the chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. 

Dawn is a clinical noninvasive cardiologist and physician-scientist with research interests focused primarily on heart repair with adult stem cells. Dawn's clinical interests include echocardiography and atrial fibrillation. Before joining UNLV in July 2018, Dawn was a professor of cardiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he served as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, and founding director of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center.

Dawn has authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Research from his laboratory has been presented in national scientific meetings on more than 200 occasions. Dawn's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for many years. Dawn currently serves on the editorial boards of several prominent cardiovascular journals, national scientific committees, and grant review panels.


  • M.D., Calcutta Medical College, India
  • Residency in Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Fellowship in Cardiology, University of Louisville, KY

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Buddha Dawn In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
March 4, 2021
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October 2, 2019
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October 30, 2018
The more you talk with Dr. Buddhadeb Dawn, the more you realize this physician-scientist is a perfect fit for the new UNLV School of Medicine.

Articles Featuring Buddha Dawn

Buddhadeb Dawn, MD Professor and Chairman Department of Internal Medicine Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine School
People | June 3, 2019

Combining his love of medicine and his desire to teach makes UNLV's School of Medicine a good fit for this physician.

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People | November 28, 2018

At UNLV, physician Buddhadeb Dawn is able to combine his talent for program-building with his passions for research and patient care.