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Robert O'Donnell, MD

Drs. Vijay and Khushman Sanghvi Endowed Chair of Cardiac Imaging; Medical Director, Cardiovascular Ambulatory Services and Imaging Integration.

Clinical Interest

Cardiovascular Disease

Research Interests

Clinical Expertise: General Cardiology; Cardiovascular Imaging (Cardiovascular MRI Level III; Cardiovascular CT Level III, Nuclear Cardiology Level II - main focus is Cardiac PET and Solid State SPECT; Vascular Biology. Research Focus: Obtaining both diagnostic and prognostic data for cardiac amyloidosis using cardiac MRI; Identification of multi-vessel coronary artery disease using advanced imaging techniques; Developing an objective software platform for stress MRI; Evaluation of atrial remodeling secondary in response to catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation; Using cardiac MRI to test models of cardiac performance.


Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Computed Tomography
Internal Medicine
Nuclear Cardiology

  • Medical Degree: SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
  • Residency: Internal Medicine: UNC Hospitals
  • Fellowship: Cardiovascular Disease: Emory University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Cardiac MRI and CTA: Fuqua Heart Center, Piedmont Hospital
  • Undergraduate Degree: University of Rochester
Board Certifications & Licenses
  • Certified Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 09/16/2010
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease) 11/01/2006
  • Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology 12/08/2007
Contact Information

Peer Reviewed Publications

Remus, Ebony Washington; O'Donnell, Robert E; Rafferty, Kathryn; Weiss, Daiana; Joseph, Giji; Csiszar, Katalin; Fong, Sheri F T; Taylor, W Robert 2012. The role of lysyl oxidase family members in the stabilization of abdominal aortic aneurysms. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, 303 8, H1067-75

Puskas JD, Williams WH, O'Donnell R, Patterson RE, Sigman SR, Smith S, Baio KT, Kilgo PD, Guyton RA 2011. Off-Pump and On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Are Associated With Similar Graft Patency, Myocardial Ischemia and Freedom From Re-intervention: Long-Term Follow-up Of A Randomized Trial. Ann Thorac Surg, 91 6, 1836

Suever, Jonathan D; Watson, Pierre J; Eisner, Robert L; Lerakis, Stamatios; O'Donnell, Robert E; Oshinski, John N 2011. Time-resolved analysis of coronary vein motion and cross-sectional area. Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI, 34 4, 811-5

Patterson, Randolph E; Sigman, Steven R; O'Donnell, Robert E; Eisner, Robert L 2010. Viability assessment with MRI is superior to FDG-PET for viability: Con. Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 17 2, 298-309

Akram, Kamran; O'Donnell, Robert E; King, Spencer; Superko, H Robert; Agatston, Arthur; Voros, Szilard 2009. Influence of symptomatic status on the prevalence of obstructive coronary artery disease in patients with zero calcium score. Atherosclerosis, 203 2, 533-7

Sun J, Stewart X, O'Donnell R, Leon A, Felner L, Thomas J, Merlino J 2009. Differentiation of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Cardiac Amyloidosis from Other Causes of Ventricular Wall Thickening by Two-Dimensional Strain Imaging Echocardiography. Am J Cardiol, 103 3, 411

O'Donnell RE, Boostein RJ, Cunningham RP, Teebor GW 1994. Effect of pH and Temperature on the Stability of UV-Induced Repairable Pyrimidine Hydrates in DNA. Biochemistry, 33 33, 9875

Boorstein RJ, Cadet J, Hilbert TP, Lustig M, O'Donnell RE, Zuo S, Teebor GW 1993. Formation, Stabilite and Reparation de Modifications Pyrimidinques dans l’AND. J Chim Phys, 90 4, 837