Charanjit S. Rihal

Charanjit S. Rihal

Charanjit S. Rihal, M.D., B.Sc., B.Sc. (Med), M.B.A., is Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic, former director of the Cardiac Catheterization

Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Rihal is the William S. and Ann Atherton Professor of Cardiology and has held the academic rank of Professor of Medicine since 2004. Dr. Rihal received B.Sc. and M.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba and completed an internship in special mixed medicine at the University of Manitoba. At Mayo Graduate School of Medicine,

Dr. Rihal completed a residency in internal medicine, a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases, and a fellowship in interventional cardiology. He further received the M.B.A. degree from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and holds a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation form the Said School of Business, University of Oxford.

As a cardiologist, Dr. Rihal specializes in interventional cardiology, with a focus on new device

therapies for the minimally invasive treatment of valve and other structural heart diseases.

As a physician-leader, Dr. Rihal is committed to providing efficient cost structures and developing innovative ways to deliver value in a complex and changing healthcare environment.

The principal investigator on multiple research grants, Dr. Rihal oversees studies focusing on

structural heart disease (for example percutaneous valve therapies), clinical trials in coronary artery disease, and using genomics to guide anti-thrombotic therapy in coronary artery disease. His research has been funded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Industry, and Mayo Clinic. His research findings have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Circulation:Cardiovascular Interventions, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology and JACC Cardiovascular Interventions.


Dr. Rihal speaks internationally on topics relating to procedures used to treat valvular and coronary heart Disease and other innovations in cardiology. Throughout his training and career, he has received numerous awards and honors including the Proctor Harvey Outstanding Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology, and is a nine time recipient of Teacher of the Year Award in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America.