William J. French, M.D.

William J French, MD

Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Director, Anticoagulation Clinic, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center


Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Patient Outcomes

Research Description

Dr. French’s research interests include antiplatelet and anticoagulation agents, Interventional Cardiology, statin and diabetic strategies in acute myocardial infarction, and outcomes research in prehospital and EMS care of STEMI heart attack patients.

He is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, where he has initiated multiple landmark studies, including mixed venous oxygen saturation measurements in obtaining cardiac output, endomyocardial biopsy yield in myocarditis, and studies involving outcomes and treatments in acute myocardial infarction. Additionally, He has been Senior Advisor for the multicenter National Registry of Myocardial Infarction (NRMI) Registry, which trended outcomes in over 2.5 million patients with NSTEMI and STEMI in the United States since 1990.


  • MD, 1968, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

Recent and/or Significant Publications

  1. Thomas JL, French WJ. Current state of ST-segment myocardial infarction: evidence-based therapies and optimal patient outcomes in advanced systems of care. Cardiol Clin. 2014 Aug
  2. Thomas JL, Bosson N, Kaji AH, Ji Y, Sung G, Shavelle DM, French WJ, Koenig W, Niemann JT Treatment and outcomes of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in a regionalized system of care based on presence or absence of initial shockable cardiac arrest rhythm. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Oct 1
  3. Vora AN, Holmes DN, Rokos I, Roe MT, Granger CB, French WJ, Antman E, Henry TD, Thomas L, Bates ER, Wang TY. Fibrinolysis use among patients requiring interhospital transfer for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction care: a report from the US National Cardiovascular Data Registry. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb;17
  4. Reddy VS, Bui QT, Jacobs JR, Begelman SM, Miller DP, French WJ; Investigators of National Registry of Myocardial Infarction (NRMI) 4b–5. Relationship between serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and in-hospital mortality following acute myocardial I infraction (the lipid paradox Am J Cardiol. 2015 Mar 1).
  5. Bosson N, Kaji AH, Niemann JT, Squire Md B, Eckstein M, French WJ, Rashi P, Tadeo R, Koenig W. The Utility of Prehospital ECG Transmission in a Large EMS System. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2015 Apr 22.