Medical School

Cardiovascular Division

Department of Medicine

Peter Eckman, M.D.

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Academic Title

Associate Professor of Medicine
Heart Failure, Transplantation, and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Section Head - Heart Failure

Clinical Title



  • Heart Failure/Circulatory Support/Transplantation
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant


  • Heart -- University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview
  • UMPhysicians Heart at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
  • UMPhysicians Heart at Fairview Southdale Hospital


Medical School
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota (Internal Medicine)
University of Minnesota (Cardiovascular Medicine); Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Heart Failure and Transplant)

Bio Statement

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Dr. Peter Eckman graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in physics. At the University of Minnesota, he received his M.D. and completed his residency and general-cardiology fellowship. Following an advanced heart-failure and cardiac transplantation fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Eckman joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014, and named the Section Head for Heart Failure. He is also the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (ICU, Station 4E).

Dr. Eckman is the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation’s representative on the American College of Cardiology’s Heart Failure and Transplant Council. He is also a member of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), American Society of Transplantation (AST), American Heart Association (AHA), and American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO). He has received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota, and has been honored as a Champion of Care by Fairview. Widely published in leading cardiovascular journals, his research has focused on mechanical circulatory support, and he was a finalist in the ASAIO Medical Device Entrepreneur Forum in 2014. He is in demand as a consultant to medical device companies.

Dr. Eckman is proud to be a part of the faculty at the University of Minnesota, which has been a national and international leader in heart-failure research and clinical care for decades. He is particularly interested in the role of mechanical circulatory support (such as ventricular-assist devices, or VADs) for severe heart failure, and in how heart failure may benefit from cell therapy.



A complete list of publications can be found here: Experts@Minnesota / Peter Eckman

Selected Publications:

  1. Singal A, Hamel A, Larson M, Kelner H, Johnson E, Eckman P. Validation of peripheral pulse wave analysis technique to detect aortic valve state in continuous-flow LVADs. J Med Devices 2014;8(2):090903. Doi: 10.1115/1.4027003.
  2. Whitson BA, Eckman P, Kamdar F, Lacey A, Shumway SJ, Liao KK, John R. Hemolysis, Pump Thrombus, and Neurologic Events in Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Recipients. Ann Thorac Surg 2014 Apr 25. Doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.02.041.
  3. Kamdar F, Eckman P, John R. Safety of discontinuation of anticoagulation in patients with continuous-flow LVADs. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014 Mar;33(3):316-8.
  4. Rosenbaum AN, John R, Liao KK, Adatya S, Colvin-Adams MM, Pritzker M, Eckman PM. Survival in elderly patients supported with continuous flow LVAD as bridge to transplant or destination therapy. J Card Failure 2014 Mar;20(3):161-7.
  5. Najjar SS, Slaughter MS, Pagani FD, Starling RC, McGee EC, Eckman P, Tatooles AJ, Moazami N, Kormos RL, Hathaway DR, Najarian KB, Bhat G, Aaronson KD, Boyce SW, for the HVAD Bridge to Transplant ADVNACE Trial Investigators. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014 Jan;33(1):23-34.
  6. Eckman PM, John R. Cancer, chemo, and cor pulmonale. J Am Coll Cardiol 2014;63(3):249-250. (Invited editorial).
  7. Adatya S, Masri C, John R, Eckman P. Loading conditions influence reliability of the echocardiographic RAMP test in continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013 Nov;32(11):1142-44.
  8. Mitchell A, Guan W, Staggs R, Hamel A, Hozayen S, Adhikari N, Grindle S, John R, Hall JL, Eckman P. Identification of differentially expressed transcripts and pathways in blood one week and six months following implant of left ventricular assist device. PLOS ONE 2013 Oct 21;8(10):e77951.
  9. Lü F, Eckman PM, Liao KK, Apostolidou I, John R, Chen T, Das GS, Francis GS, Benditt DG, Garry DJ. Catheter ablation of hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia with mechanical circulatory support. Int J Cardiol, 2013 Oct 9;168(4):3859-65.
  10. Carlson MD, Eckman PM. A review of vasodilators in acute decompensated heart failure: the old and the new. J Card Fail 2013;19(7):478-93.
  11. Suszynski TM, Rizzari MD, Scott III WE, Eckman PM, Fonger JD, John R, Chronos N, Tempelman L, Sutherland DER, Papas KK. Persufflation (Gaseous Oxygen Perfusion) as a Method of Heart Preservation. J Cardiothorac Surg 2013 Apr 22;8:105.
  12. Eckman PM, Dhungel V, Mandras S, Brisco MA, Emani S, Duval S, Lindenfeld J, Sulemanjee N, Sokos GG, Feldman J. Sexual function after left ventricular assist device. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2013;61(19):2021-2022.
  13. Prins K, Masri C, Colvin-Adams M, Eckman P. Characterization of 25+ year survivors of cardiac transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013 May;32(5):560-2.
  14. Eckman P, John R. Bleeding and Thrombosis in Patients with Continuous-Flow Ventricular Assist Devices. Circulation 2012;125(24):3038-47.
  15. Aaronson KD, Slaughter MS, Miller LW, McGee EC, Cotts WG, Acker MA, Jessup ML, Gregoric ID, Loyalka P, Frazier OH, Valluvan J, Anderson AS, Kormos RL, Teuteberg JJ, Levy, WC, Naftel DC, Bittman RM, Pagani FD, Hathaway DR, Boyce SW for the ADVANCE investigators. Use of an Intrapericardial, Continuous Flow, Centrifugal Pump in Patients Awaiting Heart Transplantation. Circulation 2012;125(25):3191-3200.
  16. Koene R, Boulware DR, Kemperman M, Konety SH, Groth M, Jessurun J, Eckman PM. Acute Heart Failure From Lyme Carditis. Circ Heart Fail 2012;5 e24-e26.
  17. Eckman PM. Immunosuppression in the sensitized (heart transplant) recipient. Current Opinion Organ Transplantation 2010;15:650-656.
  18. Eckman PM, Hsich E, Rodriguez ER, Gonzalez-Stawinski GV, Moran R, Taylor DO. Impaired systolic function in Loeys-Dietz syndrome: A novel cardiomyopathy? Circ Heart Fail 2009; 2: 707-708.
  19. Feygin J, Mansoor A, Eckman P, Swingen C, Zhang J. Functional and bioenergetic modulations in the infarct border zone following autologous mesenchymal stem cell transplantation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2007 Sep; 293(3):H1772-80.

A complete list of publications can be found here: Experts@Minnesota / Peter Eckman

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