Announcing the 2023 Prevention Fellow at the Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health

Oct 6, 2023
Dr. Felipe Martignoni

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Felipe Martignoni has been selected to serve as its cardiovascular prevention fellow for 2023-2024 in the Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health.

Dr. Martignoni completed medical school, a cardiology fellowship and echocardiography fellowship at Hospital Universitario de Santa Maria in Brazil. He then came to the US where he completed an internal medical residency at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana where he continues to practice. In August 2023, Dr. Martignoni completed a 10-day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke offered by the American Heart Association. 

As an MHIF cardiovascular prevention research fellow, Dr. Martignoni will focus on conducting prevention research around Lipoprotein (a), preventive medication use in STEMI patients and dietary factors associated with coronary plaque development. Through these experiences, the fellowship offers the opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge base and expertise in:

  • Optimal methods of cardiovascular risk assessment, including coronary artery calcium scoring
  • The importance of nutrition, physical activity, and smoking cessation in cardiovascular prevention as well as optimal counseling methods to implement behavioral change
  • The diagnosis and treatment of complex lipid disorders, including familial hypercholesterolemia
  • The diagnosis and treatment of cardiometabolic disorders, including type 2 diabetes
  • The diagnosis and treatment of hypertension

In addition to Dr. Miedema, faculty for the fellowship include Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler, MHIF medical director health equity and health promotion; Dr. Thomas Knickelbine, director of lipid research; Susan White, RDN, clinical program lead for cardiovascular health; and Gretchen Benson, RDN, program director for the Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health.

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