Rochester, Minnesota


Boilson.Barry@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Barry A. Boilson, M.D., has a current research interest in how to harness the capacity of the human body to heal itself in heart failure. Currently, Dr. Boilson and colleagues are studying stem cells, which are detectable in the blood, and how different treatments for heart failure, including left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), affect their longevity. Dr. Boilson is also looking at sound wave analysis as a method to detect possible problems within the LVAD pumps before they become clinically apparent.

Focus areas

  • Circulating progenitor cells and accelerated senescence
  • The impact of LVAD therapy
  • Acoustic spectrograms and detection of early pump thrombosis

Significance to patient care

The ability of medical or device therapy to harness the body's capacity for cardiac healing and regeneration is not yet widely explored or understood. Understanding the mechanisms involved could allow researchers to develop new treatments focused on harnessing native stem cells. Dr. Boilson's work is increasing the understanding of how the human body and mechanical devices interact with each other, including increasing the understanding of clotting and how it affects pump function.

Professional highlights

  • Finalist, Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award - Clinical-Integrative Physiology, Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, 2008


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Circulatory Failure, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Medicine


  1. Ph.D. Charles University
  2. Advanced clinical fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Advanced clinical fellowship in end-stage heart failure and LVAD therapy Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. MD - Doctorate in Medicine by thesis National University of Ireland
  5. Advanced clinical fellowship in cardiac transplantation medicine Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. Research fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. Subject of research: Circulating progenitor cells in coronary endothelial dysfunction and canine models of advanced cardiac future Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  7. Cardiology Fellowship Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7, Ireland St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  8. Resident Beaumont Hospital
  9. Internship Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  10. MB BCh/BAO - with Honours National University of Ireland
  11. MD - Medical School Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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