Iftikhar J. Kullo, M.D.

  1. Cardiologist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Iftikhar Kullo is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine, including the Clinician Investigator training pathway and subsequently a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic.

  • Dr. Kullo's research is focused on the genetics of atherosclerosis and lipid disorders.
  • His research program is funded by the NIH since 2003 and includes both genomic medicine discovery and implementation projects.
  • Dr. Kullo led the MI-GENES study — the first genomic medicine clinical trial to demonstrate that incorporating genetic risk information can alter a health outcome.
  • He directs the Early Atherosclerosis and Familial Hypercholesterolemia Clinics at Mayo Clinic Rochester, these evaluate and treat patients with premature vascular disease and genetic dyslipidemias.

Dr. Kullo has authored 248 scientific papers, and he is the co-Principal Investigator of the Mayo electronic Medical Records and GEnomics (eMERGE) grant.

  • Genetic basis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Arterial stiffness
  1. 1999
    Fellow - Cardiovascular DiseasesMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 1996
    MA - Clinician-Investigator ProgramMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1994
    Resident - Internal MedicineMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1992
    Internship - Internship in Internal MedicineNassau County Medical Center, State University of New York
  5. 1991
    Chief ResidentInstitute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
  6. 1990
    Resident - Internal MedicinePostgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research
  7. 1987
    MB BSGovernment Medical College, Srinagar


  1. 1999
    Cardiovascular DiseasesAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2007
    Travel GrantASCI/AAP Joint Meeting
  2. 2006
    New Investigator AwardDepartment of Internal Medicine
  3. 2003
    Young Investigator Award FinalistSociety for Vascular Medicine and Biology Annual Meeting
  4. 2000
    Young Investigators Conference on Atherosclerosis Research AwardMerck & Co., Inc.
  5. 1999
    Bristol Myers Squibb Travel AwardAmerican College of Cardiology
  6. 1997
    Research AwardInternal Medicine Research Symposium, Department of Internal Medicine
  7. 1997
    Research Award Finalist: 1997 National Associates Research Poster Competition78th Annual Session of the American College of Physicians
  8. 1994
    Research Award Finalist: 1994 National Associates Research Poster Competition75th Annual Session of the American College of Physicians
  9. 1992
    Distinguished Accomplishments in the Biomedical SciencesNIH Research Festival
  10. 1992
    House Officer of the MonthNassau County Medical Center
  11. 1987
    Best Outgoing GraduateGovernment Medical College, Srinagar
  12. 1986
    Top of the class in Physiology, Pharmacology, and Internal MedicineGovernment Medical College, Srinagar, India

Professional memberships

  1. 2008 - 2009
    MemberExpert Panel on Subclinical Atherosclerotic Disease and Emerging Risk Factors, American Heart Association
  2. 2008 - 2009
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  3. 2003 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Human Genetics
  4. 2002 - 2003
    Co-ChairWorking Group on Novel Risk Factors, Emerging Science of Lipid Management
  5. 2001 - 2005
    MemberEmerging Science of Lipid Management
  6. 2000 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Cardiology
  7. 2000 - present
    MemberSociety for Vascular Medicine and Biology
  8. 2000 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  9. 2000 - present
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  10. 2000 - present
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
    ChairResearch Committee, Cardiovascular Health Clinic, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
    MemberCardiovascular Research Committee, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
    MemberInternal Medicine Research Advisory Group, Department of Internal Medicine
    MemberExecutive Committee, Cardiovascular Health Clinic, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
    FellowAmerican Heart Association
    FellowAmerican College of Cardiology
    FellowArteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council, American Heart Association
    MemberCardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention, American Heart Association
    Workgroup MemberFunctional Genomics Interdisciplinary Working Group, American Heart Association
    FellowSociety for Vascular Medicine and Biology
    Exam AuthorAmerican Board of Internal Medicine


Research activities

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