SHARON L. MULVAGH, M.D.
F.A.S.E., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.R.C.P.(C)
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Director of Women’s Heart Clinic
Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Mulvagh is Professor of Medicine, Mayo College of Medicine, Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, and Director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She is a clinical cardiologist active at the international, national, local and institutional levels in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, specifically echocardiographic imaging using newer technologies including contrast echocardiography and myocardial perfusion imaging. Dr. Mulvagh also has a special interest in heart disease in women. She is an active investigator in clinical and translational imaging research, and an internationally recognized educator and speaker on cardiovascular imaging and women’s cardiovascular issues. Dr. Mulvagh evaluates and counsels patients in the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and has ongoing studies investigating the role of noninvasive testing for the diagnosis of coronary heart disease in women at risk, as well prospective assessment of the effects of hormone therapy on the heart and vascular system. Most recently, she has been actively collaborating with her endocrine colleagues, exploring the physiologic effects of varying glycemic states and insulin resistance on coronary blood flow, in order to gain mechanistic insights into diabetes and heart disease. She earned her doctorate in medicine, graduating magna cum laude, from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. She completed her internship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, residency in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, and fellowship in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She has practiced emergency and internal medicine in Ontario, Canada, and was a visiting scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center, and Clinical Instructor for the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, prior to arriving at Mayo Clinic in 1990.
Dr. Mulvagh is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is an elected member of Sigma Xi, and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Echocardiography as well as having past elected membership in the Aerospace Medical Association. She has chaired and participated in numerous committees including the American Society of Echocardiography Task Force for Clinical Applications of Ultrasound Contrast, Committee on Live Programs, and NASA Scientific Working Group and Peer Review sessions. Dr. Mulvagh has moderated and chaired many scientific sessions for the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the American Heart Association. She established, and was the medical chair for the First Inaugural Go Red For Women American Heart Association Luncheon in Rochester, MN in 2007, and has continued to play a driving role in investigation of the Rochester community epidemiology of heart disease in women. Her publications include numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and invited articles and book chapters addressing investigative frontiers in echocardiography, and women and heart disease. She was the chair and primary author of the initial and updated consensus statements of the American Society of Echocardiography on the “Clinical Applications of Ultrasonic Contrast Agents in Echocardiography”.
Recently, Dr. Mulvagh was appointed to the Steering Committee which is developing the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences :GLOBAL NETWORK TO FIGHT CADIOVASCULAR DISEASES”
Her husband is also a cardiologist, and they have three children ages 14 through 20, four dogs, three cats, 2 mini-goats and mini-horse, numerous chickens and ducks, plus assorted rodents. As a family they are actively involved in soccer, hockey, gardening, beekeeping, and managing a honey business which has been recognized by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s “Best of the Best”. Since medical school days, she has run recreationally, for stress relief and general fitness. While a resident in Boston in the early 1980’s, she assisted in the Boston Marathon Med-Ops at the finish line, which was set up in the basement of the Prudential Bldg, and always dreamed of one day running a marathon. In 2005, she finally found the time to expand her running program, and has subsequently run the Twin Cities, Chicago and Boston Marathons.