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Christopher Kramer, MD

Christopher M Kramer, MD

Practice Area: Children's, Heart and Vascular, Radiology & Medical Imaging Department: Medicine, Radiology and Medical Imaging Division: Cardiovascular Medicine, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Title: Ruth C. Heede Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine ABMS Certification: Internal Medicine; Cardiovascular Diseases

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Heart and Vascular Center
Second Floor 1215 Lee St. Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.243.0736 Other Locations:
Echocardiography Lab
Radiology and Medical Imaging


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 principle 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.


  • 2015 Best Doctors in America® List 
  • 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