Yader B. Sandoval Pichardo, M.D.

  1. Cardiologist
  2. Interventional Cardiologist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Yader Sandoval is a Consultant in the Division of Interventional Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester in Minnesota. He holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and is the Medical Director of the Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Clinic at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Dr. Sandoval is a physician-investigator whose clinical and research interests relate to patients affected by acute and chronic ischemic heart disease. His aim is to improve the diagnosis, management, and outcomes of patients that present with acute coronary syndrome or are burdened with coronary artery disease. His research has been largely focused in the field of acute myocardial infarction and myocardial injury and the clinical use of cardiac troponin assays for diagnosis and risk-stratification. He is particularly interested in improving our understanding of acute myocardial infarction occurring in the absence of atherothrombosis, a condition called type 2 myocardial infarction, as well as the implications of both acute and chronic myocardial injury. Similarly, he is interested in improving the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, for which reason he has worked in the development and validation of distinct novel risk-stratification strategies using high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays to improve the rapid rule-in and rule-out of acute myocardial infarction.

His research has resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at both national and international scientific meetings. His published work includes over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as book chapters, and abstracts. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous high-impact journals. He works closely with trainees across various levels, including general and interventional cardiology fellows, in the clinic and hospital settings, as well as in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

As part of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine he offers both non-invasive and invasive cardiovascular services, including consultations in the CAD and Chest Pain Clinics, as well as procedures such as cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention, complex high-risk indicated revascularization procedures, percutaneous mechanical circulatory support, invasive coronary physiology and microvascular function assessment, and invasive coronary imaging using intravascular ultrasound or optical coherence tomography, among others.

  1. Chronic total occlusion of coronary arteries
  2. Coronary artery disease
  3. Coronary artery spasm
  4. Coronary calcification
  5. Heart attack
  6. Ischemic heart disease
  7. Myocardial ischemia
  8. Small vessel heart disease
  1. Atherectomy
  2. Cardiac catheterization
  3. Chronic total occlusion revascularization
  4. Coronary angiogram
  5. Coronary angioplasty and stenting
  6. Coronary artery stent placement
  7. Coronary physiology assessment
  8. Intravascular ultrasound
  9. Left ventricular assist device implantation
  10. Mechanical circulatory support device implantation
  11. Optical coherence tomography
  12. Percutaneous coronary interventions
  13. Radial cardiac catheterization
  14. Rotational atherectomy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stable/chronic ischemic heart disease
  • Acute coronary syndromes/myocardial infarction
  • Cardiac troponin
  • Vascular access
  • Coronary revascularization
  • Complex coronary interventions
  • In-stent restenosis
  • Coronary calcification and atherectomy
  • Invasive coronary physiology
  • Invasive coronary imaging
  • Microvascular disease
  1. 2017
    Fellowship - Interventional Cardiology FellowshipHennepin County Medical Center - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  2. 2016
    Chief Cardiology Fellow - Cardiovascular Disease FellowshipHennepin County Medical Center - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  3. 2016
    Fellowship - Cardiovascular Disease FellowshipHennepin County Medical Center - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  4. 2013
    Internship/Residency - Internal Medicine Internship/ResidencyHennepin County Medical Center
    MD - Doctor of Medicine and SurgeryEscuela Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas de Centro America (UCIMED)


  1. 2017
    Interventional CardiologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2016
    Cardiovascular DiseasesAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  3. 2013
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2022
    Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy Heart HouseAmerican College of Cardiology (ACC)
  2. 2021
    Interventional Cardiology Teacher of the Year AwardDivision of Interventional Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
  3. 2019
    CRT 2019 Young Leadership Recognition ProgramCardiovascular Research Technologies
  4. 2016
    Young investigator Award FinalistAmerican College of Cardiology
  5. 2016
    Best Research/Abstract PosterMinnesota Chapter, American College of Cardiology
  6. 2015
    Young Trialist GrantGlobal Cardiovascular Clinical Trialists Forum
  7. 2013
    Morris Davidman Resident Teaching AwardHennepin County Medical Center
  8. 2013
    Senior Project Poster Session WinnerHennepin County Medical Center
  9. 2011
    State Finalist at the Resident-Fellow & Medical Student Research, Clinical Vignette and Quality Improvement CompetitionMinnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP)

Professional memberships

  1. 2022 - 2025
    Interventional Section Leadership CouncilAmerican College of Cardiology
  2. 2021 - present
    SupervisorLevel 1 and 2 Cardiology Fellows Mayo Clinic Rochester Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  3. 2021 - present
    Medical DirectorCoronary Artery Disease Clinic (CAD)
  4. 2021 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Rochester Cardiology Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)
  5. 2021 - present
    Diversity, Equality & Inclusion CommitteeThe Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  6. 2019 - 2022
    MemberNational Cardiovascular Data Registry
  7. 2019 - 2022
    MemberSociety for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions
  8. 2019 - 2020
    Committee MemberSociety for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions
  9. 2019 - present
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  10. 2019 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Cardiology
  11. 2019 - present
    FellowSociety for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  12. 2019 - present
    MemberEuropean Society of Cardiology
  13. 2018 - 2020
    Medical DirectorMayo Clinic Health System Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  14. 2018 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Health System Surgical and Procedural Committee
  15. 2017 - 2020
    MemberMayo Clinic Health System STEMI Committee
  16. 2017 - 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Health System Healthcare Services Review Committee
  17. 2015 - 2016
    Chief Cardiology FellowHennepin County Medical Center - Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Cardiology Fellowship Program, Evaluation Committee