About

Our Cardiovascular Center offers a full range of vascular studies and diagnostic testing, including a noninvasive vascular ultrasoun, which is a procedure used to examine blood circulation in a patient’s neck, abdomen, arms, and legs.

The tests are performed by our specially trained technologists and may be used to evaluate one or more of the following conditions:

  • Blood flow in the arteries in your neck that supply blood to the brain (carotid ultrasound)
  • Blood flow in the arteries to detect the presence, severity, and specific location of a narrowed area of the arteries (peripheral arterial disease or PAD)
  • Blood flow in the veins to detect clots (DVT) or reflux (venous insufficiency)
  • Size of the abdominal aorta to detect aneurysms (AAA)
  • Blood flow in dialysis grafts or fistulas
  • Blood flow to a newly transplanted organ

Cardiologists

Feras M. Bader, M.D.

Feras Bader, MD, MS, FACC is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In 1992 he received a full scholarship and began his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Jordan School of Medicine in Amman, Jordan; which he completed in 1998. He went... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122

Nathaniel M. Birgenheier, M.D.

Dr. Birgenheier is an anesthesiologist who focuses on cardiac anesthesia and the use of echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) both in the operating room and in the outpatient setting. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist qualified to provide anesthesia for all types of surgery and procedures who has adv... Read More

Specialties:

Anesthesiology, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Echocardiography

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Amber D. Bledsoe, M.D.

Dr. Bledsoe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah, specializing in perioperative echocardiography. She is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography, both in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography a... Read More

Specialties:

Anesthesiology, Echocardiography

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Bruce E. Bray, M.D.

Dr. Bray is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Bray studied Biology at Loma Linda University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. He subsequently obtained a medical degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Bray completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Kettering Medical Center, and comple... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Medical Informatics

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
William B. Ririe Hospital & Rural Health Clinic (775) 289-3612

Carl R. Christensen, M.D.

Carl Christensen, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, and George E. Wahlen Veterans Administration Medical Center serving in chest, body, ultrasound and musculoskeletal imaging while specializing in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Ima... Read More

Jennifer A. DeCou, M.D.

Dr. DeCou has a special interest in patients with cardiac disease and a special expertise in echocardiography. She is a level 3 trained echocardiographer. In addition, she specializes in the preop evaluations of patients for surgery.... Read More

Specialties:

Anesthesiology, Echocardiography

Locations:

University Hospital
Anesthesiology
(801) 581-6393

Edward Michael Gilbert, M.D.

Edward Michael Gilbert, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Critical Care at Wayne State University. He completed his Cardiovascular Di... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic (800) 332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (208) 367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

John M. Hoffman, M.D.

John Hoffman, MD, is a professor of radiology and neurology and director of nuclear medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He is also director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute and co-leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program. He holds the Willard Sno... Read More

Lillian L. Khor, M.Sc., M.B.B.Ch.

Lillian Khor received a foreign medical degree, M.B.BCh., BAO degree (equivalent to M.D.) from the National University of Ireland in 1997. She concluded her foreign medical training with an internal medicine residency and moved here in 2000, and repeated her internal medicine Internship and Residency at the Univ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Preventive Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Bhasker R. Koppula, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Bhasker Rao Koppula MD works with the Nuclear Medicine division of the Radiology department at the University of Utah. Dr. Koppula has a special interest in PET/CT and molecular imaging as well as treatment procedures including thyroid treatment and treatment of lymphoma using Bexxar and Zevalin.... Read More

Kimberly M. Molina, M.D.

Kimberly Molina, MD is a member of the division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Molina is a general cardiologist who sees children with all forms of heart disease, and specializes in seeing patients with heart failure and cardiomyop... Read More

Specialties:

Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiology

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Cardiology
(801) 662-5400

Jack H. Morshedzadeh, M.D.

Jack Morshedzadeh. M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit and Cardiac Critical Care Unit. He is also the Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. He... Read More

Kathryn A. Morton, M.D.

Kathryn Morton, MD, is a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Morton received her medical degree from the University of Utah, followed by an internship in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and residencies in Radiology and Nuclear Medic... Read More

Cory M.L. Nitzel, M.D.

Cory Nitzel M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2013. Dr. Nitzel graduated from Idaho State University with a BS in Microbiology in 2002. He received his medical degr... Read More

David H. Odell, M.D.

Dr. Odell has clinical responsibilities at hospitals within the University of Utah system and also the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City. His clinical duties include membership on the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia teams at the University and the VA. This includes providing anesthesia for all typ... Read More

Specialties:

Anesthesiology, Echocardiography

Locations:

University Hospital
Anesthesiology
(801) 581-6393

Theophilus Owan, M.D.

Dr. Owan is appointed to faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. His primary clinical affiliation is with general cardiology and secondarily with interventional cardiology. Dr Owan’s General Cardiology activities involve outpatient, and inpatient services including diagnostic ech... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Hypertension, Interventional Cardiology

Locations:

San Juan Clinic
San Juan Clinic
(435) 587-5054
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-2341

Peter C. Pelegrin, M.D.

Dr. Pelegrin has a special interest in cardiac anesthesia, and special expertise in echocardiography. He is a level 3 trained echocardiographer.... Read More

Specialties:

Anesthesiology, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Echocardiography

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Rashmee U. Shah, M.D.

Rashmee U. Shah, MD MS has an appointment in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2014.

... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Joseph E. Tonna, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Tonna, MD, FAAEM, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Emergency Medicine) at the University of Utah. He works as an Attending Physician in the Surgical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units and in the Emergency Department. His clinical and research interests include medical student and resident ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Critical Care, Echocardiography, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, General

Locations:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (307) 352-3711

Daniel P. Vezina, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (Clinical track)
Associate Professor of internal Medicine, Division of cardiology (Adjunct)
Director of the VA SLC Echocardiography Laboratory... Read More

Specialties:

Anesthesiology, Echocardiography

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 581-7715

Jerry D. Walker, M.D.

Jerry D. Walker, M.D., has appointments in both Division of Cardiology and the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has been on faculty since 2010 and oversees the University Redwood Cardiology Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah and has developed the University Cardiology Practice... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County
Cardiovascular Clinic
(307) 362-3711
Redwood Health Center (801) 213-9990

Kevin J. Whitehead, M.D.

Kevin Whitehead, MD is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Utah, and also has privileges at Primary Children's Medical Center. He cares for adults with congenital heart disease, heart disease in pregnancy, and other patients with cardiac complications of genetic diseases (such as muscular ... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia

Locations:

University Hospital
HHT Center
(801) 581-8188
University Hospital
Utah Adult Congential Heart Clinic
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He serves as Director of the Cardiovascular Center, Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory, and Director of Cardiology Clinical services. He has been on faculty at the U... Read More

Clinical Trials

  • Renal Function in Cirrhosis
    Keywords: Cirrhosis, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 99m tc-dtpa, GFR, Nuclear Medicine, Liver Transplant
    Status: Recruiting
  • PARAGON
    Keywords: Heart Failure, HFpEF, Structural Heart Disease
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • OPTISON
    Keywords: Echocardiography, Left atrial thrombus
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • RESTAGE - HF
    Keywords: Heart Failure, LVAD, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Heart Recovery
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • A Humanitarian Device Exemption Treatment Protocol of TheraSphere®
    Keywords: Y90, Theraspheres, Radioembolization, Liver tumors, HCC, liver metastatic disease
    Status: Recruiting
  • NEAT HFpEF
    Keywords: Heart Failure, Preserved Ejection Fraction, HFpEF, Nitrates, Activity Tolerance
    Status: Not yet recruiting