Robert Wilson

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division


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

Dr. Wilson has dedicated his professional life to developing new methods for diagnosing and treating heart disease, and to training new physicians.A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Dr. Wilson completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1986, when he and Dr. Carl White established a training program that has graduated over 60 interventional cardiologists. From 1988-2004, Dr. Wilson served as the director of the University of Minnesota Medical Center cardiac catheterization laboratory. From 2008 to 2013 he served as the chief of Clinical Cardiology.Dr. Wilson's investigative career initially focused on coronary physiology in humans. He developed the first catheter for the selective measure of coronary blood flow in humans, and described the effects of atherosclerosis and transplantation on coronary blood flow. He also first identified reinnervation of the transplanted human heart and its effects on cardiac function. Later, Dr. Wilson developed semi-computerized injection systems for coronary angiography that now used annually for millions of patients worldwide.Dr. Wilson's present research focus is the development of a prosthetic heart valve that can be inserted through a small catheter, eliminating the need for open-heart valve surgery. This device is now in human clinical trials. He also developed a platform for shielding hospital personnel from harmful scatter radiation during cardiac procedures. That system is in use across the nation.Dr. Wilson holds numerous patents for cardiovascular treatment devices and has published over 100 scientific papers. The National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association, and private individuals have supported his work.

Clinical Summary

Coronary artery disease and intervention, Coronary artery disease (stable and unstable angina, myocardial, infarction), Coronary physiology, Endothelial dysfunction (blood vessel disease), Interventional cardiology, Invasive hemodynamics, Transcatheter therapies


MD, University of Iowa

Honors and Recognition

Fred C. and Katherine B Anderson Chair in Cardiology
Lifetime Educator Award, Yang Wang, MD
Outstanding College of Science Alumnus, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Memberships

Interventional Cardiology Training Program, Director
University of Minnesota Physicians, Cardiovascular Executive Medical Director
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Wilson RF, Raveendran G. What's good for the gander is now good for the goose. JACC 2008;51:2321-2322,
Navaravong L, Wilson RF. The case of the broken-hearted woman: A middle-aged female with acute coronary symptoms. Minn Med 2008;91:42-43,
Bank AJ, Berry JM, Wilson RF, Lester BR. Acceptance criteria for reprocessed AcuNav catheters: Comparison between functionality testing and clinical image assessment. Ultrasound Med Biol 2009;35:507-514,
Henry TD, Satran D, Wilson RF. Phase I cardiovascular cell-therapy clinical trials: Are we running with scissors? Am Heart J 2008;156:808-09,
Yannopoulos D, Zviman M, Castro V, Kolandaivelu A, Ranjan R, Wilson RF, Halperin HR. Intra-cardiopulmonary resuscitation hypothermia with and without volume loading in an ischemic model of cardiac arrest. Circulation 2009;120:1426-1435,