Kirk Spencer
Section of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging Laboratory
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730


BS1984University of MichiganPhysics
MD1989The University of Chicago 
Residency1992Johns HopkinsInternal Medicine
Fellowship1995University of IowaCardiovascular Diseases

Academic Interests

Dr Spencer’s academic interests focus on echocardiography. He has advanced expertise in transthoracic, transesophageal, contrast and stress echocardiography. Dr Spencer’s research involves pushing the diagnostic capabilities of echocardiography by developing and evaluating novel imaging techniques and protocols in the experimental laboratory as well as at the bedside.

Clinical Interests

Echocardiography, general cardiology

Representative Publications

  1. Luc M, Polonsky T, Lammertin G, Spencer KT Automated Border Detection for Assessing the Mechanical Properties of the Carotid Arteries: Comparison with Carotid Intima-Media Thickness. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 23(5): 567-572 2010
  2. Chandra S, Arling B, Rock J, Spencer KT Detection of Discrepancies in Facilitated Echocardiographic Reporting Using a Prototype Rule Generator Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 23(7):778-782 2010
  3. Brennan JM, Blair JE, Goonewardena SN, Ronan A, Shah D, Vasaiwala S, Brooks E, Levy A, Kirkpatrick JN, Spencer KT. A Comparison by Medicine Residents of Physical Examination vs. Hand-Carried Ultrasound for Estimation of Right Atrial Pressure. The American Journal of Cardiology 99(11): 1614-1616, 2007
  4. Kirkpatrick JN, Ghani SN, Spencer KT. Hand carried echocardiography screening for LV systolic dysfunction in a pulmonary function laboratory. European Journal of Echocardiography 9(3): 381-383 2008
  5. Goonewardena SN Gemignani A, Ronan A, Vasaiwala S, Blair JE, Brennan JM, Shah DP, Spencer KT. Comparison of Hand-Carried Ultrasound Assessment of the Inferior Vena Cava and N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide for Predicting Readmission After Hospitalization for Acute Decompensated Heart Failure JACC. Cardiovascular imaging 1(5): 595-601, 2008

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