Gregory W Barsness, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases and Radiology and Director of both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Mayo Enhanced External Counterpulsation Laboratory, as well as the previous director of the Interventional Cardiology Training Program at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
Dr. Barsness received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA. He is an active interventional cardiologist specializing in complex coronary and peripheral vascular interventions.
Dr. Barsness’ clinical interests include vascular disease progression, prevention and treatment, particularly in patients with refractory angina, as well as the management of critical illness including acute coronary syndromes. His areas of research interest include quality, care delivery and training in cardiovascular critical care; interventional device development; revascularization and management of cardiac disease in patients with diabetes mellitus; acute coronary syndromes and the prospective assessment of novel methods of revascularization and symptom control in patients with chronic ischemic coronary disease.
He has authored over 200 abstracts, manuscripts and book chapters and is co-editor of the textbook Coronary Artery Disease: New Approaches without Traditional Revascularization. He has also given over 150 national and international presentations on numerous cardiovascular topics and has directed the Mayo Clinic Interventional Cardiology Board Review Course over the past 14 years. He was recently awarded the Melvin L. Marcus Memorial Award for distinguished contribution as a Gifted Teacher. He maintains a passion for community service and has been awarded a Gold Congressional Award before a joint session of the US Congress in recognition of extensive voluntary public service efforts.
As an Eagle Scout, he can start a fire without using matches.