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Christopher  M.  Kramer,  MD

Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging
Radiology, Cardiovascular Medicine

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 800170, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0170
Phone: 434.243.0736 Fax: 434.982.1618

Training & Certification


Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases

Clinical Practice

Research Interest:

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, myocardial disease, atherosclerotic plaque imaging, peripheral arterial disease



After receiving his A.B. from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Christopher Kramer completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. His initial faculty position was at Allegheny General Hospital, MCP/Hahnemann School of Medicine, in Pittsburgh, where he directed the cardiology fellowship program. In 1999, he moved to UVA where he is Professor of Radiology and Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Center. Dr. Kramer’s principal research interest has been in the application of magnetic resonance imaging to the cardiovascular system in studies ranging from small animals to man and he has published 3 books, 131 peer-reviewed publications, and over 60 book chapters, editorials, and reviews in the area of left ventricular remodeling and myocardial viability, atherosclerotic plaque imaging, and imaging of peripheral arterial disease. His research is supported by the NIH and the AHA. He is chair of the ACC Imaging Council and a past President of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He is also Associate Editor of Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) – Cardiovascular Imaging, a member of the editorial board of JACC, JAHA, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, and JCMR, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of University Cardiologists.

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


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  • 1981 Phi Beta Kappa, elected as a junior
  • 1981 Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Finalist
  • 1982 Magna Cum Laude
  • 1985 Alpha Omega Alpha, elected as a junior
  • 1996 Claude R. Joyner Cardiovascular Scholar, Allegheny General Hospital
  • 1999 Merck Angiotensin II Young Investigator’s Award
  • 2004 J. Edwin Wood Jr. Teaching Award, University of Virginia Cardiovascular Division
  • 2004 Elite Reviewer, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • 2006 American Society of Clinical Investigation
  • 2010 Simon Dack Award, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • 2010 Association of University Cardiologists

131 peer-reviewed publications, 41 reviews, 21 book chapters, 3 books

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