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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. 2019; 12(4):681-689. NIHMSID: NIHMS974239

PubMed [journal]

Association Between Titin Loss-of-Function Variants and Early-Onset Atrial Fibrillation.

Choi SH, Weng LC, Roselli C, Lin H, Haggerty CM, Shoemaker MB, Barnard J, Arking DE, Chasman DI, Albert CM, Chaffin M, Tucker NR, Smith JD, Gupta N, Gabriel S, Margolin L, Shea MA, Shaffer CM, Yoneda ZT, Boerwinkle E, Smith NL, Silverman EK, Redline S, Vasan RS, Burchard EG, Gogarten SM, Laurie C, Blackwell TW, Abecasis G, Carey DJ, Fornwalt BK, Smelser DT, Baras A, Dewey FE, Jaquish CE, Papanicolaou GJ, Sotoodehnia N, Van Wagoner DR, Psaty BM, Kathiresan S, Darbar D, Alonso A, Heckbert SR, Chung MK, Roden DM, Benjamin EJ, Murray MF, Lunetta KL, Lubitz SA, Ellinor PT.

JAMA. 2018; 320(22):2354-2364. NIHMSID: NIHMS1009092

PubMed [journal]

Typical readout durations in spiral cine DENSE yield blurred images and underestimate cardiac strains at both 3.0 T and 1.5 T.

Wehner GJ, Suever JD, Fielden SW, Powell DK, Hamlet SM, Vandsburger MH, Haggerty CM, Zhong X, Fornwalt BK.

Magnetic resonance imaging. 2018; 54:90-100. NIHMSID: NIHMS1506081

PubMed [journal]

Quantitative Gadolinium-Free Cardiac Fibrosis Imaging in End Stage Renal Disease Patients Reveals A Longitudinal Correlation with Structural and Functional Decline.

Stromp TA, Spear TJ, Holtkamp RM, Andres KN, Kaine JC, Alghuraibawi WH, Leung SW, Fornwalt BK, Vandsburger MH.

Scientific reports. 2018; 8(1):16972.

PubMed [journal]

Comparison of left ventricular strains and torsion derived from feature tracking and DENSE CMR.

Wehner GJ, Jing L, Haggerty CM, Suever JD, Chen J, Hamlet SM, Feindt JA, Dimitri Mojsejenko W, Fogel MA, Fornwalt BK.

Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2018; 20(1):63.

PubMed [journal]


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