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Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) at SUMC and, by courtesy, of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and of Electrical Engineering

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Preventive Cardiology Clinic 300 Pasteur Dr A265 MC 5319 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 723-6459 Fax (650) 724-1444
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Tel (650) 723-7476
    Administrative Assistant
    Kat Gallagher 300 Pasteur Drive, Suite H2157 Stanford, CA 94305-5233 Tel Work 650-723-7476
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Dr. McConnell directs the Cardiovascular MRI Program in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as well as the NIH-funded Multi-Disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford (CVIS). His research studies novel MRI and molecular imaging techniques, from mouse to man, to evaluate coronary artery and vascular diseases, including the characterization of atherosclerotic plaque and vascular inflammation. He actively collaborates with scientists in Electrical Engineering, Vascular Biology, Radiology, Cardiac/Vascular Surgery, and Chemistry.

Dr. McConnell also co-directs the Preventive Cardiology Clinic and leads the effort of Stanford Cardiovascular Health to integrate mobile health technologies to improve the care of patients with or at risk for coronary artery disease.

Clinical Focus

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Mobile Health
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Cardiovascular Health Innovation, Stanford (2014 - present)
  • Director, Cardiovascular MRI Program, Stanford Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford (2000 - present)
  • Co-Director, Preventive Cardiology Clinic, Stanford (2014 - present)
  • Co-Director, Noninvasive Imaging Section, Stanford Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford (2007 - present)
  • Director, Cardiovascular Health Advanced Treatment Center for Coronary Artery Disease, Stanford (2012 - present)
  • Member, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) Faculty, Stanford (2003 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Research Scholarship/Aquitaine Region, Fulbright Foundation (2008)
  • Diversity & Leadership Faculty Fellow, Stanford (2007)
  • Department of Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford (2002)
  • Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Award, Stanford (1999)
  • American Heart Association Clinician Scientist Award, Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School (1996)
  • Fellowship, Harvard/MIT Clinical Investigator Training Program, Harvard/MIT (1996)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, American Heart Association (2007 - present)
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (1998 - present)
  • Founding member, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (1996 - present)
  • Member, American Society of Echocardiography (2007 - present)
  • Member, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (1994 - present)

Professional Education

Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School MA (1996)
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School MA (1992)
Internship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School MA (1991)
Board Certification: Echocardiography, National Board of Echocardiography (2007)
Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (1997)
Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (1990)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My overarching interest is the detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

I have spent the majority of my research career with a focus on imaging cardiovascular disease for early detection and to guide therapy. I have been particularly interested in studying coronary and vascular diseases, including atherosclerosis and aortic aneurysms. Projects include MRI for both noninvasive coronary angiography and cellular/structural characterization of atherosclerotic plaque and aortic aneurysms, as well as other molecular imaging techniques (bioluminescence, fluorescence, and PET) for the assessment of vascular inflammation in pre-clinical models and patients, Additional collaborative projects include coronary CTA and cardiac MRI of ischemic heart disease and stem cell therapy.

My prevention research has expanded beyond early detection to study innovative mobile health technologies in patients and populations. I lead the effort of Stanford Cardiovascular Health to leverage mHealth to improve cardiovascular care, through patient studies to enhance heart-healthy activities, sensor development, remote monitoring/detection, and collaboration with the Stanford Prevention Research Center and the Stanford-Oxford Big Data initiative.


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