Prabhjot Nijjar

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division


Administrator Info
Name: Bill Clark
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508 Mayo
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr Nijjar received his early education in India, and after completing his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiac Prevention training in Philadelphia, he moved to Minneapolis for fellowship training in Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Imaging at the University of Minnesota. He has a general cardiology practice, with a focus on cardiac prevention. He is involved in the conduct of clinical trials in behavioral cardiology, including studying the benefits of meditation in treatment of heart disease. He is the medical director of cardiac CT, and is passionate about the optimal use of CT in diagnosis of various heart conditions.

Research Summary

Dr Nijjar's research interests include optimal use of cardiac CT and MRI, behavioral cardiology, and benefits of meditation in treatment of heart disease.

Research Interests
Mindfulness meditation and effects on the heart
Cardiac disease prevention
Cardiac Imaging
Lipid Disorders

Clinical Summary

Cardiac Imaging; Coronary artery disease; Lipid/Cholesterol disorders; Cardiac Prevention; Cardiac CT; Cardiac MRI; Wellness/Integrative Medicine; South Asian Health


MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Major: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship, Fellowship
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, Fellowship
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (Cholesterol Metabolism), Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Internal Medicine Residency, Residency
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Honors and Recognition

Cardiovascular Imaging Fellow of the Year, University of Minnesota
Anthony Garofalo Fellowship Award in Preventive Cardiology, University of Minnesota
Outstanding Teacher Award, Albert Einstein Medical Center

Professional Memberships

American College of Cardiology
Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Kealhofer, J. V., Markowitz, J. S., Nijjar, P. S., 2019. Use of Computed Tomography to Distinguish Thrombus from Pannus on a Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve.. Texas Heart Institute journal, 46 (3): 219-221.
doi: PubMed ID: 31708708.
Nijjar, P. S., 2018. Prognosis in Sporadic Left Ventricular Hypertrabeculation With Normal Function.. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 71 (24): 2864-2865.
doi: PubMed ID: 29903361.
McGraw, S., Carlson, C., Grant, K., Nijjar, P. S., 2018. Feasibility of ultra low-dose coronary computed tomography angiography.. Indian heart journal, 70 (3): 443-445.
doi: PubMed ID: 29961466.
Oestreich, B. A., Mbai, M., Gurevich, S., Nijjar, P. S., Adabag, S., Bertog, S., Kelly, R., Garcia, S., 2018. Computed tomography (CT) assessment of the membranous septal anatomy prior to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the balloon-expandable SAPIEN 3 valve.. Cardiovascular revascularization medicine : including molecular interventions, 19 (5 Pt B): 626-631.
Huang, H., Nijjar, P. S., Misialek, J. R., Blaes, A., Derrico, N. P., Kazmirczak, F., Klem, I., Farzaneh-Far, A., Shenoy, C., 2017. Accuracy of left ventricular ejection fraction by contemporary multiple gated acquisition scanning in patients with cancer: comparison with cardiovascular magnetic resonance.. Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 19 (1): 34.
doi: PubMed ID: 28335788.
Tran, B. C., Nijjar, P. S., 2017. Role of contrast CT for the diagnosis and the prognosis of suspected LVAD thrombosis.. Journal of cardiac surgery, 32 (2): 162-165.
doi: PubMed ID: 28088844.
Nijjar, P. S., Iqbal, F. M., Alraies, M. C., Valeti, U. S., Tadavarthy, S. M., 2016. Primary pulmonary artery sarcoma masquerading as pulmonary embolism: role of cardiac MRI.. European heart journal, 37 (18): 1479.
doi: PubMed ID: 26787435.
Nijjar, P. S., Vongooru, H., Tamene, A., Valeti, U., Masri, C., 2015. Improvement in Left Ventricular Function Despite No Change in T2* with Iron Chelation in Secondary Hemochromatosis.. Minnesota medicine, 98 (7): 47.
PubMed ID: 26267924.
Nijjar, P. S., Puppala, V. K., Dickinson, O., Duval, S., Duprez, D., Kreitzer, M. J., Benditt, D. G., 2014. Modulation of the autonomic nervous system assessed through heart rate variability by a mindfulness based stress reduction program.. International journal of cardiology, 177 (2): 557-9.
Nijjar, P. S., Masri, S. C., Tamene, A., Kassahun, H., Liao, K., Valeti, U., 2014. Benefits and limitations of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis of a primary cardiac lymphoma.. Texas Heart Institute journal, 41 (6): 657-9.
doi: PubMed ID: 25593536.