Dr. Cilingiroglu received his medical degree Cum Laude from the Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine in Turkey. He completed his residency in internal medicine at The Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. He was then awarded the prestigious fellowship by The Baylor College of Medicine and DeBakey Heart Center in Cardiovascular Diseases as American Heart Association Bugher Fellow in Houston, TX. He completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, TX. He also completed a Structural Heart Disease fellowship at The NorthShore University under the mentorship of World-renowned Dr. Ted Feldman in Evanston, IL. In addition to being the Director of Structural Heart Interventions, Dr. Cilingiroglu also served as the Director of Interventional Research at The University of Maryland Medical Center. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at The University of Pittsburgh Heart and Vascular Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Cilingiroglu has several publications in prestigious journals as well as book chapters. Received several prestigious awards for his important contributions to the field of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is also one of the inventors of the intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT). He is on the editorial board of several scientific peer reviewed journals. He has been very active also in academic medicine with particular emphasis on teaching, education and research.
Dr. Cilingiroglu’s clinical interests cover a wide range of interventional cardiology patients. In addition to percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease, his expertise includes catheter- based treatment of valvular heart disease and adult congenital heart defects as well as peripheral vascular interventions. Dr. Mehmet is also a formally trained structural heart specialist. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, music, singing and spending time with his family. He insists that we all call him, “Dr. Mehmet.”
Dr. Cilingiroglu has been named Medical Director of the Peripheral Vascular Institute. He has also has been named Associate Professor of Medicine at UAMS.