Kramer, Christopher M.

Christopher M. Kramer

Christopher M. Kramer

Primary Appointment

Ruth C. Heede Professorship in Cardiology, Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine


  • AB, Biology, Harvard College
  • MD, Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Contact Information

Telephone: 434-243-6060
Fax: 434 982-1998

Research Interests

Cardiovascular MRI, Myocardial Infarction, Myocardial Function, Left Ventricular Remodeling, Myocardial Viability, Coronary Artery Imaging, Atherosclerotic Plaque Imaging, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Research Description

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful new technology that promises to become a comprehensive imaging approach to heart disease. A major focus of our work is on developing clinical applications of cardiovascular MRI. Active clinical protocols include a multicenter study improving risk prediction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, developing a comprehensive MR exam for clinical trials in peripheral arterial disease including atherosclerotic plaque imaging and calf muscle perfusion and energetics at peak exercise, and assessing quantitative myocardial perfusion in microvascular coronary artery diseaes. Other clinical studies include quantitative myocardial functional imaging as a measure of dyssychrony in heart failure, coronary artery and wall imaging, and T1 mapping of myocardial fibrosis in different myocardial disease states.

Selected Publications