Rigobert Lapu-Bula, M.D., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor


Lecturer & Director

IN MDI Curriculum Cardiovascular Physiology & Cardiovascular Hemodynamic and Ultrasound Core
E-mail: rlapu@msm.edu


University of Kinshasa
Degree: Doctor of Medicine

Catholic University of Louvain
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology and Heart Failure

Research Interests

Cardio-vascular phenotyping/Cardio-vascular disease

Blood pressure regulation


NASA Space Medicine/Cardiovascular Adaptation to Microgravity 

Exercise Physiology 

Board Certification

American Board of Cardiology


Chen HH, Anstrom KJ, Givertz MM, Stevenson LW, Semigran MJ, Goldsmith SR, Bart BA, Bull DA, Stehlik J, LeWinter MM, Konstam MA, Huggins GS, Rouleau JL, O'Meara E, Tang WH, Starling RC, Butler J, Deswal A, Felker GM, O'Connor CM, Bonita RE, Margulies KB, Cappola TP, Ofili EO, Mann DL, Dávila-Román VG, McNulty SE, Borlaug BA, Velazquez EJ, Lee KL, Shah MR, Hernandez AF, Braunwald E, Redfield MM; NHLBI Heart Failure Clinical Research Network [Among 146 Investigators/Collaborators: Lapu-Bula R]. Low-dose dopamine or low-dose nesiritide in acute heart failure with renal dysfunction: the ROSE acute heart failure randomized trial. JAMA 2013 Dec 18;310(23):2533-43. PMID: 24247300

Lapu-Bula R, Oduwole A, Bielo MV, Onwuanyi AE, Quarshie A, Ofili E. Risk factors for non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction in a population sample of predominantly African American patients with chest pain and normal coronary arteries. Ethn Dis 2011;21:421-428.

Lapu-Bula R, Onwuanyi A, Bielo MV, Deffer O, Quarshie A, Alema-Mensah E, Cross JA, Oduwole A, Ofili E. Risk factors for acute non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in a population sample of predominantly African American patients with chest pain and normal coronary arteries. Ethn Dis. 2011 Autumn;21(4):421-8. PMID: 22428345

Lapu-Bula R, Ofili E. From hypertension to heart failure: role of nitric oxide-mediated endothelial dysfunction and emerging insights from myocardial contrast echocardiography. Am J Cardiol. 2007 Mar 26;99(6B):7D-14D. Epub 2007 Jan 29. Review. PMID: 17378995

Onwuanyi AE, Abe O, Quarshie A, Al-Mahmoud A, Lapu-Bula R, Francis CK, Ofili E. Comparative frequency of angiographic coronary artery disease in African Americans and Hispanics. Ethn Dis. 2006 Winter;16(1):58-63. PMID: 16599349

Ofili E, Igho-Pemu P, Lapu-Bula R, Quarshie A, Obialo C, Thomas C, Onwuanyi A, Odwole A, Ojutalayo F, Johnson P, Murphy F, Mayberry R, Strayhorn G. The Community Physicians' Network (CPN): an academic-community partnership to eliminate healthcare disparities. Ethn Dis. 2005 Autumn;15(4 Suppl 5):S5-124-7. Erratum in: Ethn Dis. 2006 Autumn;16(4):x. Onwanyi, Anekwe [corrected to Onwuanyi, Anekwe]; Oduwole, Adefisayo [corrected to Odwole, Adefisayo]. PMID: 16315391

Ofili E, Pemu PI, Gulaya V, Lapu-Bula R, Lankford B, Oduwole A, Anderson D. Targeting healthcare disparities: an integrated model to improve treatment rates of dyslipidemia in African American patients. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2005 Jul;7(4):249-50. No abstract available. Erratum in: Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2006 May;8(3):iii. Bula, Rigobert Lapu [corrected to Lapu-Bula, Rigobert]. PMID: 15975316

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Honors and Awards

2011: Certificate of Appreciation Mentoring, Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program 

2009: Honorary Class Member Award, Morehouse School Medicine Master of Science in Clinical Research