Donald Westerhausen, MD


Practices In: South Bend
Patients Seen: All Ages

My knowl­edge of inter­ven­tion­al car­di­ol­o­gy, state-of-the-art car­di­ol­o­gy care, and con­tacts through­out the state are ide­al for pro­vid­ing gen­er­al car­di­ol­o­gy ser­vices to my patients. I spend time talk­ing to my patients and research­ing their med­ical records. Know­ing the patient and their med­ical his­to­ry is essen­tial to diag­nos­ing most prob­lems. Also, edu­cat­ing the patient and their fam­i­ly about their med­ical sit­u­a­tion and how they will be treat­ed is just as impor­tant. I under­stand that patients can be over­whelmed by infor­ma­tion, so I fre­quent­ly print bul­let points out­lin­ing their issues and treat­ment strat­e­gy. Clear under­stand­ing often aids in the heal­ing process. I strive to accom­plish that goal with each patient.

Awards & Accolades
Motarboard Honor Society, Northwestern University 1981
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Minnestota Medical School 1985
John S. Miller Award for Outstanding Resident, Parkland Memorial Hospital 1988
American Heart Association-Missouri Affiliate Fellowship 1989
American Federation for Clinical Research- Outstanding Trainee Award 1990
President- Indiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology 2019
Excellence in Advocacy Award, American College of Cardiology 2021
Clinical Interests

I’m inter­est­ed in any­thing relat­ed to the heart and car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem. If I am not the right per­son to han­dle your spe­cif­ic issue, I know where you can be referred.

Personal Interests

I was a walk-on in foot­ball at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty in Evanston, IL., so I am an avid North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty ath­let­ics fan, espe­cial­ly foot­ball. My wife and I love to exer­cise. Present­ly, we go to Orange The­o­ry reg­u­lar­ly. Over the last 10 – 15 years, I have been involved with a group that trains to climb cer­tain moun­tains (so far only in the low­er 48) and then does so. I also enjoy spend­ing time with my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, vol­un­teer­ing at my church and the Indi­ana Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­o­gy, and being an active mem­ber of the St. Joseph Coun­ty Demo­c­ra­t­ic Party.

Fellow American College of Cardiology Indiana State Medical Association
Elkhart General Hospital 
Elkhart, Indiana 46514 574-294-2621 Get Directions
Goshen General Hospital 
200 High Park Avenue, Historic Racemere Peninsula Goshen, Indiana 46526 574-364-1000 Get Directions
University of Minnesota Graduation Date: 1985 Degree: MD
University of Texas-Southwestern at Dallas/Parkland Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine
Washington University-St. Louis/Barnes Hospital Cardiovascular Disease
Provider’s Publications
Transciptional and post-transcriptional regulation of plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 mRNA in Hep G2 cells by epidermal growth factor
Multiple transforming growth factor-B inducible elements regulate expression of the plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 gene in Hep G2 cells
Augmentation of expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 in Hep G2 cells by specific factors released from platelets
Is direct PTCA superior to thrombolysis in treating AMI's?
A novel protein interacts with the major transforming growth factor-beta responsive element in the plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 gene