UC San Diego - Cardiovascular Imaging Lab

Francisco Contijoch, PhD

Dr. Contijoch was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on the role of imaging as a diagnostic and research tool in cardiovascular disease.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins and of the HHMI/NIBIB Interfaces Scholar Program at the University of Pennsylvania, he is a biomedical engineer with research focusing on the use of imaging for advanced assessment of cardiovascular structure, function, and disease.

Prior projects have assessed load-independent measures of cardiac function via imaging-derived PV loops, quantified contractile function of beat types during arrhythmias, and evaluated mitral valve anatomy and function for surgical planning.

Current projects focus on improvement of coronary artery imaging with CT and assessment of right ventricular and pulmonary artery function and material properties.



upUniversity of Pennsylvania PhD Bioengineering 2015


jhJohns Hopkins University MSE Biomedical Engineering 2010


jhJohns Hopkins University BS Biomedical Engineering 2008


  1. Contijoch FJ, Witschey WR, McGarvey J, Lee ME, Gorman J, Gorman RC, Pilla JJ. Slice-by-Slice Pressure-Volume Loop Analysis Demonstrates Native Differences in Regional Cardiac Contractility and Response to Inotropic Agents. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Apr 23. PMID: 27112654.
    View in: PubMed
  2. Contijoch F, Rogers K, Rears H, Shahid M, Kellman P, Gorman J, Gorman RC, Yushkevich P, Zado ES, Supple GE, Marchlinski FE, Witschey WR, Han Y. Quantification of Left Ventricular Function With Premature Ventricular Complexes Reveals Variable Hemodynamics. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2016 Apr; 9(4). PMID: 27009416.
    View in: PubMed
  3. Han QJ, Contijoch F, Forfia PR, Han Y. Four-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging visualizes drastic changes in the blood flow in a patient with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension after pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. Eur Heart J. 2016 Feb 27. PMID: 26922813.
    View in: PubMed Article has an altmetric score of 1
  4. Contijoch F, Witschey WR, Rogers K, Gorman J, Gorman RC, Ferrari V, Han Y. Impact of end-diastolic and end-systolic phase selection in the volumetric evaluation of cardiac MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Mar; 43(3):585-93. PMID: 26331591.
    View in: PubMed
  5. Contijoch F, Witschey WR, Rogers K, Rears H, Hansen M, Yushkevich P, Gorman J, Gorman RC, Han Y. User-initialized active contour segmentation and golden-angle real-time cardiovascular magnetic resonance enable accurate assessment of LV function in patients with sinus rhythm and arrhythmias. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2015; 17:37. PMID: 25994390.
    View in: PubMed Article has an altmetric score of 3
  6. Witschey WR, Zhang D, Contijoch F, McGarvey JR, Lee M, Takebayashi S, Aoki C, Han Y, Han J, Barker AJ, Pilla JJ, Gorman RC, Gorman JH. The Influence of Mitral Annuloplasty on Left Ventricular Flow Dynamics. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jul; 100(1):114-21. PMID: 25975941.
    View in: PubMed Article has an altmetric score of 1
  7. Witschey WR, Pouch AM, McGarvey JR, Ikeuchi K, Contijoch F, Levack MM, Yushkevick PA, Sehgal CM, Jackson BM, Gorman RC, Gorman JH. Three-dimensional ultrasound-derived physical mitral valve modeling. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Aug; 98(2):691-4. PMID: 25087790.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Witschey WR, Contijoch F, McGarvey JR, Ferrari VA, Hansen MS, Lee ME, Takebayashi S, Aoki C, Chirinos JA, Yushkevich PA, Gorman JH, Pilla JJ, Gorman RC. Real-time magnetic resonance imaging technique for determining left ventricle pressure-volume loops. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 May; 97(5):1597-603. PMID: 24629301.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Witschey WR, Zsido GA, Koomalsingh K, Kondo N, Minakawa M, Shuto T, McGarvey JR, Levack MM, Contijoch F, Pilla JJ, Gorman JH, Gorman RC. In vivo chronic myocardial infarction characterization by spin locked cardiovascular magnetic resonance. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2012; 14:37. PMID: 22704222.
    View in: PubMed

Mailing Address

9300 Campus Point Drive #7411
CA La Jolla 92037

Contact Form

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message


Other Profiles

email-icon  gscholar-icon  linkedin_icon    

Francisco Contijoch, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Bioengineering, Jacobs School of Engineering

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, School of Medicine

Back to Top