Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center
What makes us different?
Our people and our expertise differentiate us.
Dr. João Cavalcante is the scientific director of our Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center. He is a renowned cardiologist with extensive clinical expertise and offers a rich background in cardiac imaging. Most notably, Dr. Cavalcante is:
- The chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance – Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines and a Writing Committee member of the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR) CMR board exam.
- A member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography (SCCT) Board of Directors Writing committee member for Core Competencies in Structural Interventional Imaging: Computed Tomography.
- An expert in the field of CT and CMR, regularly presenting research at national and international cardiology conferences.
- A key leader in the development of pivotal trial study design and analysis.
Meet Our Team
João L. Cavalcante, MD, FACC, FASE, FSCCT, FSCMR
Scientific Director, MHIF Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center
Dr. João L. Cavalcante earned his medical degree in Brazil and came to the US for his residency and chief resident in internal medicine and cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. At the Cleveland Clinic, he completed and was appointed chief fellow for the two-year advanced cardiovascular imaging training program obtaining COCATS Level III in Interventional Echo, Cardiovascular CT and Cardiac MRI. In 2012, he joined the faculty at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was the director of the structural imaging and core lab. In October 2018, he moved to the Minneapolis Heart Institute® and serves as the director of cardiac MRI, structural CT and Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center & Core Lab. Dr. Cavalcante has published more than 55 manuscripts and seven book chapters and speaks nationally and internationally on valvular imaging.
Miho Fukui, MD, PhD
Dr. Miho Fukui is an international research scholar at the Valve Science Center, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. She completed her cardiology training in Hyogo, Japan. In October 2017, she came to University of Pittsburgh as a post-doctorate research scholar to obtain advanced training in multi-modality imaging in structure/valvular heart disease under the supervision of Dr. João Cavalcante. In September 2018, she moved to the Valve Science Center at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and is the lead analyst for the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center. She has written more than 20 papers and has presented at national and international meetings.
Hideki Koike, MD, PhD
Dr. Hideki Koike is an international research scholar at the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Dr. Koike comes to us from Tokyo, Japan where he is a practicing cardiologist and assistant professor at Toho University, the same school where he earned his medical degree in 2009. He is a member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, Japanese Circulation Society, and the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society. In August 2021, he moved joined our team at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and continues to bring great experience and a unique perspective to our work.
Kristin Lambrecht, PA-C
As the Program Director for the Valve Science Center, Kristin Lambrecht facilitates a multidisciplinary staff and physician team to advance research and education in valvular heart disease and cardiovascular imaging with the ultimate goal of improving patients’ lives through a world-class research center.
Kristin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Physiology and Augsburg College’s Physician Assistant program. She came to MHIF from Medtronic where she amassed deep and strong experience in clinical research, therapy development, and evidence dissemination. At MHIF, she leverages these experiences as the Valve Science Center team leads the way in transformative research and education for valvular heart disease.
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