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Norbert M Wilke

University of Florida



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Dr. Norbert Wilke, MD. received his medical education and a part of his training in Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Erlangen, Germany. Starting in 1989 he studied HEP myocardial metabolism using 31P-NMR spectroscopy. He worked also as an industry MR manufacturer and health care organization consultant developing cardiac MR concepts in Europe since 1992. He came to the USA in 1993 to the University of Minnesota to establish a Cardiovascular MR program in collaboration with the Cardiovascular Division and the Department of Radiology. He was finishing his Radiology residency program in June 2002 at the UoM. He also had training as a Cardiology Fellow in 1998/1999 at the Department of Medicine of the University of Minnesota. He got promoted from Assistant Professor (since 1995) to Associate Professor of Radiology in December of 2001.

He has been conducting clinical and experimental MR/CT studies to better understand coronary atherosclerotic disease and in particular assessing myocardial perfusion using MR for studying early detection of significant coronary artery disease, the effects of angiogenesis and gene therapy, as well as the various revisualization treatments and follow-ups monitored by cardiac CT and MR. Dr. Wilke pioneered quantitative MR first perfusion imaging and his concepts are now being adapted worldwide. He is involved now in several international, multi-center trials using MR First Pass Perfusion Imaging as well as coronary CTA.

Dr. Wilke has been a Visiting Professor at many organizations, sites and institutions and continues to serve as a referee and editor for several prestigious international medical journals. He was involved in NIH grant review committees as well as in several Societies such as the SCMR, SCCT (Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography), NASCI (North American Society of Cardiac Imaging). Dr. N Wilke is a Founding Member of the SCCT (Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography) and SCMR (Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance) where he served as the elected Vice-Treasurer and Treasurer of the SCMR. He was serving as the Scientific Chair of the Annual Sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in 2000 and Co-Chair. He chaired and organized the 2002-2005 NASCI (North American Society of Cardiac Imaging) Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions with the highest participation in the 30 year of NASCI’s history. He is a founding and current board member of the ‘Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography’ (SCCT). The SCCT in 2007 has over 3000 members as the largest and fastest growing cardiac imaging society ever founded.

He has established since 2002 at the University of Florida a reknown cardiac MR and CT clinical , research and training program. The emphasis there is on early risk assessment of Coronary Artery Disease with MR and CT non-invasive imaging, "Preventive Imaging" for early detection of Heart and Vascular Diseases, as well as developing clinical workflows for the Chest Pain assessment of patients in the ED utilizing advanced cardiac MR and CT imaging modalities in a new, integrated and complimentary fashion. He established since 2003 an international training and educational center for Cardiovascular MR and CT in Florida and with CVI in order to teach physicians, technicians, residents and fellows from all around the world.

Dr. N. Wilke continues to publish extensively over the years. His research has been published and cited in many of the world’s leading medical journals including invitations as a contributor to several textbooks and over 110 invited presentations at major national and international scientific meetings. He is invited by industry, health care organizations and practice groups as lecturer to discuss the latest clinical developments in the field of Cardiovascular MR and CT. Several internationally acclaimed, research Symposia and educational courses (see NASCI & SCCT meetings!) have been organized and promoted nationally and internationally.

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