Rochester, Minnesota


rihal@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Charanjit S. Rihal, M.D., is an academic interventional cardiologist and an expert in the field of coronary and valve and structural cardiology. As the principal investigator on multiple research grants, Dr. Rihal oversees studies focusing on valvular and structural heart disease (for example, percutaneous aortic valve therapies), clinical trials in coronary artery disease, and developing novel genetic approaches to anti-thrombotic therapy. His research has been funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; industry sources; and Mayo Clinic, and his research findings have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

As a cardiologist, Dr. Rihal specializes in interventional cardiology, with a focus on new device therapies, the treatment of valve and structural heart conditions, and acute myocardial infarction. He frequently lectures on therapies for heart disease, particularly heart valves and coronary arteries.

Focus areas

  • Device therapy for valvular heart conditions
  • Genetic approaches to guiding therapies in cardiovascular diseases
  • Evaluation of new interventional therapies
  • Outcomes of cardiovascular procedures

Significance to patient care

Dr. Rihal is dedicated to evaluating new therapies for patient use, as well as to enriching the continuous professional development of practicing physicians and providing outstanding training for young doctors in training. As a physician-leader, Dr. Rihal is committed to promoting excellence and innovation, and motivating positive change in creating value for patients.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 2010-present
  • Teacher of the Year, Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Clinic, 2014, 2008, 2007
  • William S. and Ann Atherton Professor of Cardiology Honoring Robert L. Frye, M.D., Mayo Clinic, 2013
  • Elected top doctor by his peers, U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly Medical, 2012
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 1997-2004 consecutively


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Interventional Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine


  1. Diploma - Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (9/19/2015) University of Oxford
  2. MBA - Carlson Executive MBA Program Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  3. Fellow - Interventional Cardiology Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Fellow - Cardiovascular Diseases Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. Resident - Internal Medicine Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. Internship - Special Mixed Medicine Internship University of Manitoba
  7. MD - Faculty of Medicine, BSc (Med) University of Manitoba
  8. BSc - Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science University of Manitoba

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