Michelle Carlson, MD, FACC

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“My goal is to connect with each patient to understand his or her current state of health and identify barriers to the pursuit of health. I believe that, by working together, the patient and his or her healthcare team can be more effective in improving health through medical and interventional treatments as well as changes in formal and informal social support systems.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Carlson specializes in general cardiology and cardiac imaging and is the director of the Echocardiography Laboratory. As a general cardiologist, Dr. Carlson has developed a Cardio-Oncology Clinic (the management of cardiovascular diseases affected patients with cancer) and is working with colleagues in Cardiology and Obstetrics to create a Cardiovascular Health in Pregnancy Clinic. She has additional interests in heart failure and the role of co-production in health. As a cardiac imaging specialist, Dr. Carlson is trained in multi-modality imaging of the heart, including echocardiography, cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, and cardiac nuclear imaging. She seeks to optimize the quality of these imaging modalities and ensure that the ideal study is performed for each clinical scenario. She also serves as an Associate Medical Director for ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which provides temporary support for the heart and lungs).


  • Hesselink G, Johnson JD, Batalden P, Carlson MD, Geense W, Groenewoud S, Jones S, Roy B, Sansone C, Wolf J, Bart B, Wollersheim H. Reframing Healthcare Services through the Lens of Co-Production (RheLaunCh): a study protocol for a mixed methods evaluation of mechanisms by which healthcare and social services impact the health and well-being of COPD and CHF patients in the United States and the Netherlands. BMJ Open. [Accepted]
  • Carlson MD, Shroff GR. Anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease. Chapter in Cardio-Nephrology: Confluence of the Heart and Kidney in Clinical Practice. Eds: Rangaswami J, Lerma, EV, Ronco, C. New York: Springer, 2017. [In press]
  • Carlson MD. Reflections on Admissions for Heart-and Social System-Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2017.1492. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Carlson MD, Eckman P. A review of vasodilators in acute decompensated heart failure: the old and the new. J Card Fail. 2013 Jul;19(7):478-93.

Medical School

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Cardiovascular Disease, Minneapolis Heart Institute and Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology


  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Board Eligible in Cardiovascular Disease


  • Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor Rising Star, 2019
  • Chief Resident, University of Minnesota Internal Medicine Resident, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, 2013-2014
  • Chief Fellow, Hennepin Healthcare and Minneapolis Heart Institute Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, 2016-2017
  • AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, 2019


“Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my sons, walking on local nature trails, gardening, and sewing.”