Karen Phang

Karen Phang

Vice President, Human Resources

Karen serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. She brings deep human resources experience in talent acquisition and talent development, leadership development and organizational effectiveness gained through her work in small, medium and large organizations, primarily in the medical device space.

She built her early foundation at Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, followed by continued work in cardiology at AGA Medical and at AtriCure. In more recent years, she worked at Smiths Medical and served as an HR leader for several small medical device firms owned by private equity, requiring strong business and organizational acumen. All of these valuable experiences have required her to be adaptable, a change agent, a strong communicator and action-oriented in identifying and executing relevant solutions.

Karen earned her M.A. in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Human Resources from St. Olaf College. She and her husband live in Woodbury where she enjoys traveling, working out, drinking wine and checking out the latest new restaurants.

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Give the Gift of Hope
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The Minneapolis Heart Institute FoundationĀ® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we can continue this life-saving work. Please make a gift to support the area of greatest need.

Research Milestone: FDA approves device used as alternative to open-heart

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Triclip team

We are honored to celebrate the culmination of years of research that has resulted in new technologies for patients! In the few last weeks, we announced a similar research milestone with the FDA approval of the TriClip system for tricuspid regurgitation. We celebrated this important milestone with local media KSTP-TV, who spotlighted the importance of this new technology. We were proud to be a leading clinical site led by Global PI Dr. Paul Sorajja and the MHIF research team who contributed significant data to the pivotal trial.