Dr. William Cushman is Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Chief of the Preventive Medicine Section at the Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, and Co-Chair of the National VA Hypertension-Lipid Field Advisory Committee (FAC).
Dr. Cushman graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1974 and completed his residency training there in 1977. He served on the faculty at the University of Mississippi and was on the staff at the VA there from 1977-1988, then moved to the University of Tennessee and VA in Memphis, TN.
He has been VA champion for the 2014 and 2020 VA/DoD Hypertension Clinical Practice Guideline committees, and was on the JNC 7 and JNC 8 U.S. hypertension guideline committees. He has been an investigator and/or on the leadership for many clinical trials in hypertension, diabetes, and lipid therapy, including many VA Cooperative Studies, NHLBI trials (ALLHAT, ACCORD, and SPRINT), and industry trials. He is currently co-chair of the Diuretic Comparison Project, a VA Cooperative Study comparing the effect on major cardiovascular outcomes of the thiazide-type diuretics chlorthalidone and hydrochlorothiazide. He has received more than $60 million in research grant funding, has more than 300 journal article and book chapter publications, and has received several awards, including the 2010 VA Clinical Science Research and Development Barnwell Award, the 2017 Inter-American Society of Hypertension Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2018 American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award.