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. She is the Cardiology Division Director, the Fellowship Program Director, and the Echocardiography Laboratory Director. As a general cardiologist, Dr. Carlson has an interest in cardio-oncology and heart failure (the management of cardiovascular diseases affecting patients with cancer). 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.


  • Carlson MD, Roy B, Groenewoud AS. Assessing Quantitative Comparisons of Health and Social Care Between Countries. JAMA. 2020 Aug 4;324(5):449-450.
  • Roy B, Wolf JRLM, Carlson MD, Akkermans R, Bart B, Batalden P, Johnson JK, Wollersheim H, Hesselink G. An international comparison of factors affecting quality of life among patients with congestive heart failure: A cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2020 Apr 8;15(4):e0231346.
  • Carlson MD. Reflections on Admissions for Heart-and Social System-Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Sep 1;2(9):948-949
  • 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 Certified in Cardiovascular Disease


  • Minnesota Monthly Top Doctors, 2023
  • Minnesota Monthly Top Doctors for Women, 2022
  • Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor Rising Star, 2019 – 2022
  • AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, 2019
  • Chief Fellow, Hennepin Healthcare and Minneapolis Heart Institute Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, 2016-2017
  • Chief Resident, University of Minnesota Internal Medicine Resident, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, 2013-2014


“Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my sons, walking my dog, gardening, and sewing.”