Matthias G. Friedrich, MD FESC, FACC

Matthias Friedrich was born in Gunzenhausen, Germany. After school, he attended Medical School and earned his MD at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen/Nuernberg, Germany. He completed his training as an internist and cardiologist at the Charité University Medicine Center of the Humboldt University in Berlin. As a cardiologist, his focus has been the diagnosis and treatment of acute myocardial disease.

From 2004 to 2011, he worked at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the University of Calgary, Canada. As a Professor of Medicine and Staff Cardiologist, he built the Stephenson Cardiovascular MR Centre, one of the now well-renown centres for cardiovascular MR. In 2011, he relocated to become the Director of the Cardiovascular MR Centre and Staff Cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute.

His scientific interest focused on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging to introduce new diagnostic

approaches for diagnosing cardiovascular disease with a special interest in myocardial tissue characterization. He developed, tested and implemented clinical CMR protocols for acute inflammation of the heart, now one of the most frequent indications for CMR. Furthermore, he played an important role in making the assessment of myocardial edema in acute myocardial infarction a widely used diagnostic tool, and more recently, developed novel diagnostic markers based on in vivo imaging of oxygen changes in the myocardium.

He authored about 150 peer-reviewed publications with more than 5,000 citations. He is member of several writing groups, editorial boards and grant review committees in Europe and North America.

Matthias Friedrich held several positions in the Society for Cardiovascular MR, including Chair of the Scientific Program, and was the Founding President of the Canadian Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He is also actively involved in the development of medical software (cmr42, cvi42, CMR Atlas for the iPad).
Matthias Friedrich is also Director of the Cardiovascular MR Core Lab at the Montreal Heart Institute and is actively involved in several national and international imaging networks.

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