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Kirk Garratt, M.D., MSc - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Kirk Garratt, M.D., MSc

Medical Director of Center for Heart & Vascular Health and John H. Ammon Chair of Cardiology | ChristianaCare


Dr. Garratt oversees one of the nation's busiest heart programs, renown for its exceptional speed in heart attack response times.



Dr. Kirk Noel Garratt oversees one of the nation's busiest heart and vascular programs.

Renowned in the field of heart disease for his achievements in the clinical, academic and research aspects of interventional cardiology, Dr. Garratt joined ChristianaCare in 2015. He was appointed in 2016 as ChristianaCare’s John H. Ammon Chair of Cardiology.

Previously, Dr. Garratt spent 17 years at the Mayo Clinic and was a member of the team of physicians who first performed minimally invasive heart procedures there.

Dr. Garratt serves on medical advisory boards, task forces and steering committees and presents at conferences and symposiums worldwide. He has participated in clinical research for more than 30 years, authored more than 300 publications and is a reviewer and editor for multiple medical journals.

In terms of heart attack volume, ChristianaCare is No. 45 nationwide in terms of inpatient admissions for heart attack patients with Medicare.

Areas of Expertise (3)


Cardiovascular Disease

Heart Health

Education (1)

University of California College of Medicine, Irvine: MD, Medicine






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Media Appearances (1)

National Media Tour

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention  tv


Dr. Garratt appeared on numerous tv and radio stations to promote SCAI's Seconds Count campaign.

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Selected Papers and Publications (5)

Association of Cognitive Impairment With Treatment and Outcomes in Older Myocardial Infarction Patients: A Report From the NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry

Journal of the American Heart Association

Terrence Donnelly, Kirk Garratt, et al.


Background Little is known regarding use of cardiac therapies and clinical outcomes among older myocardial infarction (MI) patients with cognitive impairment. Methods and Results Patients ≥65 years old with MI in the NCDR (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) Chest Pain-MI Registry between January 2015 and December 2016 were categorized by presence and degree of chart-documented cognitive impairment...

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Occupational health hazards of interventional cardiologists in the current decade: Results of the 2014 SCAI membership survey

Catheterization Cardiovascular Interventions

Lloyd W. Klein, Yolande Tra, Kirk N. Garratt, Wayne Powell, Georgina Lopez‐Cruz, Charles Chambers, James A. Goldstein


Interventional cardiologists and staff are subject to unique physical demands that predispose them to distinct occupational health hazards not seen in other medical disciplines.

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Adoption of Radial Access and Comparison of Outcomes to Femoral Access in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention


Dmitriy N. Feldman, Rajesh V. Swaminathan, Lisa A. Kaltenbach, Dmitri V. Baklanov, Luke K. Kim, S. Chiu Wong, Robert M. Minutello, John C. Messenger, Issam Moussa, Kirk N. Garratt, Robert N. Piana, William B. Hillegass, Mauricio G. Cohen, Ian C. Gilchrist, Sunil V. Rao


Radial access for percutaneous coronary intervention (r-PCI) is associated with reduced vascular complications; however, previous reports have shown that

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Predictors of Long-Term Survival After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery Results From the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (The ASCERT Study)


David M. Shahian, Sean M. O'Brien, Shubin Sheng, Frederick L. Grover, John E. Mayer, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Jocelyn M. Weiss, Elizabeth R. DeLong, Eric D. Peterson, William S. Weintraub, Maria V. Grau-Sepulveda, Lloyd W. Klein, Richard E. Shaw, Kirk N. Garratt, Issam D. Moussa, Cynthia M. Shewan, George D. Dangas, Fred H. Edwards


Most survival prediction models for coronary artery bypass grafting surgery are limited to in-hospital or 30-day end points. We estimate a long-term survival model using data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Prediction of Long-Term Mortality After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Older Adults


William S. Weintraub, Maria V. Grau-Sepulveda, Jocelyn M. Weiss, Elizabeth R. DeLong, Eric D. Peterson, Sean M. O'Brien, Paul Kolm, Lloyd W. Klein, Richard E. Shaw, Charles McKay, Laura L. Ritzenthaler, Jeffrey J. Popma, John C. Messenger, David M. Shahian, Frederick L. Grover, John E. Mayer, Kirk N. Garratt, Issam D. Moussa, Fred H. Edwards, George D. Dangas


The purpose of this study was to develop a long-term model to predict mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention in both patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and those with more stable coronary disease.

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External Service & Affiliations (1)

  • Former president of Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions