Academics & Research

Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute


Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Specialties: Cardiology, General Cardiology


Phone: 801-585-7676

Sarah Franklin, PhD

Sarah Franklin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah with a research laboratory in the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute. She received her PhD from Brigham Young University and then received postdoctoral training at UCLA in the department of Anesthesiology. Her research interests focus on under... Read More


Phone: 801-581-5029

Robert S. MacLeod, PhD

Rob MacLeod was trained in physics, electrical engineering, and physiology & biophysics and is a Full Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of Utah. He is a co-founder and an Associate Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute and an Associate Director of th... Read More


Phone: 801-587-9511

Kenneth W. Spitzer, PhD

Ken Spitzer, PhD is a Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute CVRTI) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Spitzer received his PhD degree in Physiology from the State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo, New York. H... Read More


Junco Warren (Junko Shibayama), PhD


Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD

Martin Tristani-Firouzi received his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. After completing postgraduate training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, he received his first faculty appointment with the University of Utah School of Medicine. In 2005, he became an ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology


Derek J. Dosdall, PhD

Derek J. Dosdall, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Utah in the Depatment of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has adjunct appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Deparmtment of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He received his PhD in Bioengineering from Arizona State University... Read More


Phone: 801-587-2036

Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD

Ravi Ranjan, M.D., Ph.D., is tenured Associate Professor of Medicine and has appointments in both the Division of Cardiology and the Bioengineering Department at the University of Utah. His academic interests include the pathogenesis of cardiac arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation. His work involves using non-invasive imaging like MRI to quantify t... Read More

Research Interests: Advanced MRI Imaging, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Catheter Ablation

Specialties: Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology


Phone: 801-585-7676

Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Stavros George Drakos is a Professor of Medicine, Nora Eccles Treadwell Scholar and Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is the Co-Chief Heart Failure and Transplant Section and Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Program. His research interests are focused on cardiac recov... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant



Craig H. Selzman, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

As a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, Dr. Selzman is heavily invested in the future of our next generation of physicians and surgeons. He is actively involved with medical student teaching, general surgical education, and training of young cardiac surgeons. He has been involved with educationa... Read More

Specialties: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Dissection, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Surgery, Lung Transplant, Marfan Syndrome and other Aortic Disorders, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Restoration, Valvular Heart Disease


Phone: 801-587-9348

Philip R. Ershler

Philip R. Ershler

Title:  Research Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology


Phone:  (801) 230-8771

Frank B. Sachse

Title:  Associate Professor in BioengineeringAssociate Professor in Bioengineering

Dr. Frank Sachse is an Associate Professor in the Bioengineering Department and faculty investigator at the Nora Eccles Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute. He received a PhD in electrical engineering in 1997 from the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. In 2002, he habilitated in biomedical engineering with the thesis “Mathematical Modeling of the Mammalian Heart”. Since 2003, he works at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. His research focus is on microscopic imaging and computational approaches to gain basic insights into heart diseases and therapies. Dr. Sachse taught classes on biomedical engineering, modeling of the cardiovascular system, and biomedical imaging at universities in Germany, Finland, Spain and the USA. He received several awards for his work, including awards from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, and the National Institutes of Health, USA, as well as a visiting fellowship at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK.


Phone:  (801) 587-9514

Mark Warren

Title:  Research Assistant Professor of Bioengineering


Phone:  (801) 581-8183

Alexey V. Zaitsev

Title:  Research Associate Professor of Bioengineering

Research interests:
  • Biophysical mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial and ventricular fibrillation.
  • The critical events determining cell death in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion.
  • Role of energy metabolism in adverse outcomes of myocardial ischemia and heart failure.


Phone:  (801) 587-5834