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Brandon Fornwalt
Associate Professor

Department of Imaging Science and Innovation (DISI)
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822

Brandon K Fornwalt, MD, PhD

Research Interests

Dr. Fornwalt directs the Cardiac Imaging Technology Laboratory at Geisinger, which is a group of engineers, researchers and physician scientists within Geisinger’s Department of Imaging Science and Innovation. Our mission is to improve the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease through the development, implementation, and utilization of state-of-the-art imaging and image processing technologies. Our projects span multiple fields, including but not limited to: Biomechanics, Image Processing, Software Development, Machine Learning, Clinical Science and Medicine, Genomics, Physiology, and Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
Our three primary focuses are currently:

  1.  Leveraging large electronic health record, imaging and genomic databases to generate new knowledge in cardiology
  2.  Quantifying and understanding sub-clinical cardiac dysfunction in the setting of pediatric obesity
  3.  Using cardiac imaging and other electronic health data to better understand and treat patients with genetic mutations linked to heart disease

Recent publications

Predicting Survival From Large Echocardiography and Electronic Health Record Datasets: Optimization With Machine Learning.

Samad MD, Ulloa A, Wehner GJ, Jing L, Hartzel D, Good CW, Williams BA, Haggerty CM, Fornwalt BK.

JACC. Cardiovascular imaging. 2018;

PubMed [journal]

Association between left ventricular mechanics and diffuse myocardial fibrosis in patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot: a cross-sectional study.

Haggerty CM, Suever JD, Pulenthiran A, Mejia-Spiegeler A, Wehner GJ, Jing L, Charnigo RJ, Fornwalt BK, Fogel MA.

Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2017; 19(1):100.

PubMed [journal]

Ambulatory systolic blood pressure and obesity are independently associated with left ventricular hypertrophic remodeling in children.

Jing L, Nevius CD, Friday CM, Suever JD, Pulenthiran A, Mejia-Spiegeler A, Kirchner HL, Cochran WJ, Wehner GJ, Chishti AS, Haggerty CM, Fornwalt BK.

Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2017; 19(1):86.

PubMed [journal]

Electronic health record phenotype in subjects with genetic variants associated with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: a study of 30,716 subjects with exome sequencing.

Haggerty CM, James CA, Calkins H, Tichnell C, Leader JB, Hartzel DN, Nevius CD, Pendergrass SA, Person TN, Schwartz M, Ritchie MD, Carey DJ, Ledbetter DH, Williams MS, Dewey FE, Lopez A, Penn J, Overton JD, Reid JG, Lebo M, Mason-Suares H, Austin-Tse C, Rehm HL, Delisle BP, Makowski DJ, Mehra VC, Murray MF, Fornwalt BK.

Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics. 2017; 19(11):1245-1252. NIHMSID: NIHMS867695

PubMed [journal]

Regional quantification of myocardial mechanics in rat using 3D cine DENSE cardiovascular magnetic resonance.

Zhang X, Liu ZQ, Singh D, Wehner GJ, Powell DK, Campbell KS, Fornwalt BK, Wenk JF.

NMR in biomedicine. 2017; 30(8).

PubMed [journal]


MD, Emory University, 2003-2010
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-2008