Dr. Capers is an interventional cardiologist, professor of medicine, and transformational leader in academic medicine. He has been widely decorated as an educator, clinician, and champion of diversity enhancement in medicine.

He introduced the trans-radial artery technique of coronary stenting to The Ohio State University (OSU) cardiac catheterization laboratory and led its transformation to a “radial first” lab. Physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2020, and his patient satisfaction scores placed in the 90th percentile nationally for six of the last seven years. In 2019 he was elected into the OSU Society of Master Clinicians.

Capers has written several articles discussing strategies to diversify cardiology programs and is considered a national authority on the topic. He was recruited to be an inaugural member of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Diversity Task Force and the Diversity Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He was appointed the Chair of the ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2020.

From 2009-2019, he served as the associate dean for admissions at OSU and led the admissions team to achieve several high marks in diversity: 1) for the first time in the College’s 104 year history, women outnumbered men in seven straight entering classes; 2) US News rated OSU number two of 152 majority race medical schools for the total number of enrolled African Americans; 3) overall, 26% of the student body are from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine (compared to a national average of 13%); and 4) during his tenure the average MCAT score of the entering classes remained at or above the 90th percentile. In 2012 Capers had all admissions committee members take the Implicit Association Test to uncover hidden racial, sexuality, and gender biases. This led to the first study to document the presence and extent of unconscious racial bias in medical school admissions. Capers is widely sought as a speaker and workshop moderator on implicit bias mitigation. To date he has moderated over 300 implicit bias mitigation workshops, training over 2,000 physicians in strategies to reduce implicit bias in patient care and in the selection of medical students, residents and fellows.

Capers speaks widely in the US and internationally on diversity, racism and bias in medicine. In 2020, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.


Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine (1991)
Emory University School of Medicine (1994), Internal Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine (1998), Cardiovascular Disease
Emory University School of Medicine (1999), Interventional Cardiology

Research Interest

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Diversity Enhancement in Medicine
  • Implicit Bias in Medicine
  • Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Care
  • Transradial Coronary Interventions


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Perceptions on Diversity in Cardiology: A Survey of Cardiology Fellowship Training Program Directors.
Crowley AL, Damp J, Sulistio MS, Berlacher K, Polk DM, Hong RA, Weissman G, Jackson D, Sivaram CA, Arrighi JA, Kates AM, Duvernoy CS, Lewis SJ, Capers Q, J Am Heart Assoc 2020 Sep 9 17 e017196
Bias and Racism Teaching Rounds at an Academic Medical Center.
Capers Q, Bond DA, Nori US, Chest 2020 Aug
A Test of Diversity - What USMLE Pass/Fail Scoring Means for Medicine.
Youmans QR, Essien UR, Capers Q, N Engl J Med 2020 Jun 382 25 2393-2395
Unplanned hospital readmissions after acute myocardial infarction: a nationwide analysis of rates, trends, predictors and causes in the United States between 2010 and 2014.
Kwok CS, Capers Q, Savage M, Gulati M, Potts J, Mohamed MO, Nagaraja V, Patwala A, Heatlie G, Kontopantelis E, Fischman DL, Mamas MA, Coron Artery Dis 2020 Jun 31 4 354-364
Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR) for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest due to Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia/Fibrillation.
Boudoulas KD, Whitson BA, Keseg DP, Lilly S, Baker C, Attar T, Capers Q, Gumina RJ, Mast DW, Satyapriya SV, Davenport D, Hazlett M, Mokadam N, Magorien R, Mazzaferri EL, J Interv Cardiol 2020 2020 6939315
Temporal trends and predictors of time to coronary angiography following non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome in the USA.
Rashid M, Fischman DL, Martinez SC, Capers Q, Savage M, Zaman A, Curzen N, Ensor J, Potts J, Mohamed MO, Kwok CS, Kinnaird T, Bagur R, Mamas M, Coron Artery Dis 2019 05 30 3 159-170
Recurrent Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection in 4 Vascular Territories.
Makki N, Dalal P, Capers Q, Mazzaferri E, Attar T, Tex Heart Inst J 2018 04 45 2 106-109
Strategies for Achieving Diversity through Medical School Admissions.
Capers Q, McDougle L, Clinchot DM, J Health Care Poor Underserved 2018 29 1 9-18
Implicit Racial Bias in Medical School Admissions.
Capers Q, Clinchot D, McDougle L, Greenwald AG, Acad Med 2017 03 92 3 365-369
Comparison of Impella and intra-aortic balloon pump in high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention: vascular complications and incidence of bleeding.
Boudoulas KD, Pederzolli A, Saini U, Gumina RJ, Mazzaferri EL, Davis M, Bush CA, Capers Q, Magorien R, Pompili VJ, Acute Card Care 2012 Dec 14 4 120-4


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Honors & Awards

  • Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
    American College of Cardiology (2021)
  • Exemplary Leadership Award
    AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (2020)
  • Laennec Clinician Educator Award
    American Heart Association (2018)
  • Health Care Justice Award
    Primary One Health, Columbus, OH (2016)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association of University Cardiologists (2021)
  • National Medical Association (2018)
  • Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (2008)
  • American College of Cardiology (2004)
  • Association of Black Cardiologists (2000)