Nishtha Sodhi, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Less than 2% of structural and interventional cardiologists are women in the United States. Nishtha Sodhi, MD, FACC, is among this small group of highly trained, expert female physicians. She is the current Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Program at Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute at United Hospital St. Paul, and as a structural and interventional cardiologist, Dr. Sodhi diagnoses heart-related issues. However, she also has the additional years of training and expertise required to perform percutaneous, or minimally invasive, procedures to fix these problems. For certain patients, these procedures are an alternative to traditional open-heart surgery.
Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and the National Board of Echocardiography, Dr. Sodhi has particular expertise in transcatheter therapies for structural and valvular heart disease. She also specializes in the interventional treatment of coronary artery disease.
Raised in New Jersey, Dr. Sodhi attended an accelerated honors program in medical education at Villanova University where she was a St. Martin de Porres Merit Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in science, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in business. She completed medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, where she received the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society (AOA) Carolyn L. Kuckein Research Fellowship Scholarship and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) National Research Scholarship in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Dr. Sodhi completed her internal medicine residency training at Cleveland Clinic, where she was awarded The American Heart Association Clinical Cardiology Minority Grant. She then pursued her cardiology, interventional cardiology and structural heart disease fellowships at Barnes Jewish Hospital of Washington University St. Louis. There, she was awarded the American Heart Association’s Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence and received the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Quality Summit Scholarship.
Dr. Sodhi holds several leadership positions on national committees, including the Education Standards and Outcomes Committee and the Awards Committee of the ACC. She previously served on the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup, the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Committee for Quality Improvement in STEMI and NSTEMI, and was part of the founding committee to create the Women in Cardiology Section of the ACC Missouri Chapter.