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Christopher M. Kramer

Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Office location and address
Heart and Vascular Center
1215 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
AB, Biology, Harvard College
MD, Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship, Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania
Biography

After receiving his AB from Harvard and his MD from the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Kramer completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. His first faculty appointment was at Allegheny General Hospital, MCP/Hahnemann School of Medicine, where he directed the cardiology fellowship program. In 1999, he moved to the University of Virginia where he became the Ruth C. Heede professor of cardiology, a professor of radiology and the director of the cardiovascular imaging center.  Dr. Kramer’s area of clinical expertise includes clinical cardiology, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and cardiovascular imaging using MRI, CT and ultrasound.

Dr. Kramer’s principal research interest has been in the application of cardiovascular magnetic resonance to the cardiovascular system. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications, three books and over 100 book chapters, editorials and reviews in the area of left ventricular remodeling and myocardial viability, atherosclerotic plaque imaging, peripheral arterial disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His research is supported by the NIH.

Dr. Kramer directs a NIBIB-funded cardiovascular imaging T32 fellowship training program. He is presently a member of the board of trustees of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He has served as president of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), chair of the imaging council of the ACC and a member and chair of the clinical and integrative cardiovascular sciences NIH study section. He is presently the deputy editor of JACC cardiovascular imaging, the associate editor of JACC and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, Journal of the American Heart Association, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and Vascular Medicine. He is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of University Cardiologists. In 2015, he won the gold medal of the SCMR.

Outside of his academic practice, Dr. Kramer enjoys a wide variety of sports including tennis, golf, swimming, skiing and biking. He also enjoys music and spending time with his family in the great outdoors.

Training in Cardiovascular Imaging Research - Year 16-20
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengi
September 20, 2021 – June 30, 2026
Clinical Research Agreement
Source: Cytokinetics, Inc.
April 01, 2020 – March 31, 2024
Comprehensive Magnetic Resonance in PAD _2017-2021 Renewal
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
December 15, 2017 – November 30, 2022
MD-INMD-CV Training in Cardiovascular Imaging Research
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengi
July 01, 2016 – October 01, 2022
COCOA flavanols to improve walking performance in PAD: the COCOA-PAD II Trial
Source: Northwestern University
July 01, 2021 – June 30, 2022
HCMR-Novel Predictors of Outcome in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Source: MedStar Health Research Institute
May 01, 2021 – April 30, 2022
INTERmittent pneumatic ComprEssion for Disability rEversal in PAD: the INTERCEDE Trial
Source: Northwestern University
August 01, 2018 – April 30, 2022
Aamir Javaid Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
Source: American Heart Association
November 01, 2021 – January 31, 2022
Unacylated Ghrelin to Improve FuncTioning in PAD: the GIFT Trial
Source: Northwestern University
May 15, 2019 – December 31, 2021
MD-RADL HCMR - Novel Markers of Prognosis in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
July 22, 2013 – April 30, 2021
MD-RADL Alirocumab and Plaque Regression in Peripheral Arterial Disease
Source: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
May 11, 2017 – February 28, 2021
Hepatocyte Growth Factor to Improve walking performance in PAD: the HI-PAD Study
Source: Northwestern University
September 15, 2017 – May 31, 2019
Supplement to Epicatechin-Rich COCOA to improve walking performance in PAD: The COCOA-PAD-S Study
Source: Northwestern University
May 15, 2017 – February 28, 2018
MD-RADL Kramer-Multicenter open-label study to evaluate efficacy of gadobutrol-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) for detection of significant coronary artery disease (CAD) in subjects with CAD by a Protocol 15962
Source: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
November 14, 2013 – November 30, 2017
Comprehensive Magnetic Resonance in PAD
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
May 08, 2012 – April 30, 2017
Training in Cardiovascular Imaging Research
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengi
July 01, 2011 – June 30, 2016
MD-RADL HCMR - Novel Markers of Prognosis in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
July 22, 2013 – April 30, 2016
MD-RADL University of Virginia Cardiac Phase 1 Fellowship
Source: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
February 21, 2014 – February 20, 2016
Contrast-enhanced MRI with T1 mapping to identify early chemotherapeutic cardiotoxicity
Source: American Heart Association - Mid-Atlantic Affiliat
July 01, 2011 – June 30, 2014
Education Program Agreement
Source: Siemens
November 17, 2009 – November 16, 2013
  • 2015-2018 Best Doctors in America® List 
  • 2015 Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator Award    
  • 2015 Gold Medal, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 
  • 2014 UVA Dean’s Award for Excellence in Team Science Research
  • 2013 UVA Department of Medicine Award for Outstanding Mentorship
  • 2012 UVA Department of Medicine Award for Outstanding Research      
  • 2010 Association of University Cardiologists
  • 2010 Simon Dack Award, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • 2006 American Society of Clinical Investigation
  • 2004 Elite Reviewer, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • 2004 J. Edwin Wood Jr. Teaching Award, University of Virginia Cardiovascular Division
  • 1999 Merck Angiotensin II Young Investigator's Award
  • 1996 Claude R. Joyner Cardiovascular Scholar, Allegheny General Hospital
  • 1982 Magna Cum Laude 1985 Alpha Omega Alpha, elected as a junior
  • 1981 Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Finalist
  • 1981 Phi Beta Kappa, elected as a junior