Philip A. Kithas, MD, PhD, BA


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
  • Divisions: Family Medicine, Geriatrics

Board Certification

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Academic Bio

Dr. Kithas has been a staff physician at the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake Veterans Health Care System for 25 years and was General Medicine Section Chief from September 1999 to October 2006 when he joined the Geriatrics Division. The majority of this time Dr. Kithas has been devoted to the clinical care of older veterans. Administratively, Dr. Kithas has been involved in efforts to improve the quality and provision of this care to veterans seen at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center and its associated CBOCs and contract clinics.

In caring for these veterans Dr. Kithas has further developed with regard to management of their usually multiple and complex medical problems. He worked tirelessly to continue to improve the care of our veterans through clinical and administrative means while helping to educate them in becoming partners in their care. At the same time Dr. Kithas has significantly contributed to the education of future providers in the complex yet rewarding care of the older adult. Finally, Dr Kithas has developed research interests in geriatric cardiovascular medicine which is a major focus during his career e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and anticoagulation management in the elderly. After 25 years at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center Dr Kithas retired and moved to the University of Utah Madsen Geriatric Clinic to continue the above efforts.

Education History

Type School Degree
Chief Resident University of Utah School of Medicine
Chief Medical Resident
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Professional Medical University of South Alabama
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of South Alabama
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of South Alabama College
Undergraduate University of South Alabama
Human Biology
Undergraduate University of Utah

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Weavil JC, Thurston TS, Hureau TJ, Gifford JR, Kithas PA, Broxterman RM, Bledsoe AD, Nativi JN, Richardson RS, Amann M (2020). Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction diminishes peripheral hemodynamics and accelerates exercise-induced neuromuscular fatigue. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 320(1), H338-H351.
  2. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2015). Hypertension in the geriatric population: a patient-centered approach. Med Clin North Am, 99(2), 379-89.
  3. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2010). Practical recommendations for treatment of hypertension in older patients. Vasc Health Risk Manag, 6, 561-9.
  4. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2010). Hypertension and chronic kidney disease in the elderly. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis, 17(4), 341-7.
  5. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2010). Spironolactone and hydrochlorothiazide decrease vascular stiffness and blood pressure in geriatric hypertension. J Am Geriatr Soc, 58(7), 1327-32.
  6. McDaniel J, Fjeldstad AS, Ives S, Hayman M, Kithas P, Richardson RS (2010). Central and peripheral contributors to skeletal muscle hyperemia: response to passive limb movement. J Appl Physiol, 108(1), 76-84.
  7. Haynes J Jr, Kithas PA, Taylor AE, Strada SJ (1991). Selective inhibition of cGMP-inhibitable cAMP phosphodiesterase decreases pulmonary vasoreactivity. Am J Physiol, 261(2 Pt 2), H487-92.
  8. Kithas PA, Artman M, Thompson WJ, Strada SJ (1989). Subcellular distribution of high-affinity type IV cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase activities in rabbit ventricular myocardium: relations to post-natal maturation. J Mol Cell Cardiol, 21(5), 507-17.
  9. Strada SJ, Kithas PA, Whalin ME, Thompson WJ (1989). Molecular properties of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase isozymes. Adv Exp Med Biol, 255, 409-23.
  10. Artman M, Kithas PA, Wike JS, Crump DB, Strada SJ (1989). Inotropic responses to cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase inhibitors in immature and adult rabbit myocardium. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol, 13(1), 146-54.
  11. Artman M, Kithas PA, Wike JS, Strada SJ (1988). Inotropic responses change during postnatal maturation in rabbit. Am J Physiol, 255(2 Pt 2), H335-42.
  12. Kithas PA, Artman M, Thompson WJ, Strada SJ (1988). Subcellular distribution of high-affinity type IV cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase activity in rabbit ventricular myocardium: relations to the effects of cardiotonic drugs. Circ Res, 62(4), 782-9.