Rochester, Minnesota


Dunlay.Shannon@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Shannon M. Dunlay, M.D., M.S., is a heart failure cardiologist and health services researcher with expertise in secondary data analysis and community-based patient engagement studies. Dr. Dunlay's work broadly focuses on examining the factors that impact health care utilization and outcomes in patients with heart failure.

Focus areas

  • Health care utilization and outcomes in heart failure. Dr. Dunlay leverages use of community epidemiologic studies and large national data sets to examine the epidemiology of heart failure and to determine the factors that impact quality of life, hospitalization and mortality.
  • Multimorbidity, frailty and geriatric syndromes. Dr. Dunlay studies how the development of geriatric syndromes, such as multimorbidity and frailty, impact the natural history and outcomes of patients with heart failure, including those with advanced therapies such as left ventricular assist devices (LVAD).
  • Palliative and end-of-life care in patients with advanced heart failure. Dr. Dunlay studies how patients with advanced heart failure make decisions about their care, and to determine how the health care system can more optimally provide goal-aligned care for patients with advanced heart failure and their caregivers.

Significance to patient care

Heart failure affects millions of Americans and imposes a large burden on patients, families and society. Dr. Dunlay's hope is that her research will help identify better ways to meet the needs of patients with heart failure and the needs of their loved ones.

Professional highlights

  • Co-chair, Population Health and Outcomes Grant Review Committee, American Heart Association, 2016-present
  • Chair, High Value Healthcare Collaborative Advanced Illness Initiative, 2015-present
  • Recipient, K23 Career Development Award, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2013-present


Primary Appointment

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

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Health Care Policy & Research, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Health Services Research
  2. Professor of Medicine


  1. Fellow - Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant Fellowship Mayo Clinic
  2. SubSpec Fellow Advanced Heart Failure and Tra, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Fellow - Cardiology Fellowship Mayo Clinic
  4. Resident Cardiovascular Disease, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. MS Mayo Clinic
  6. Resident Duke University Medical Center
  7. MD University of Iowa
  8. BS University of Iowa

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