University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Cardiovascular Medicine

Bio for Timothy Christian, M.D.
Timothy Christian, M.D.

Timothy Christian, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
Medicine, Baird


Medical School - Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Research Interests

Dr. Christian has focused on translation research in cardiac imaging, particularly the coronary circulation and microcirculation. A major goal is the measurement of absolute myocardial blood flow in disease states with the use of high resolution imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging at higher field strengths and the application of these to the clinical setting.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Medicine and Radiology

Research Grants

High Field Magnetic Resonance Quantitative Myocardial Perfusion Imaging AHA0455650Z


Christian TF, Schwartz RS, Gibbons, RJ. Determinants of infarct size in repersusion therapy for acute myocardial infarction. Circulation  1992; 96:81-90. 
Das AK, Oconnor MK, Gibbons RJ, Ritman EL, Chrsitian TF. A systematic analysis of factors which may impact upon tomographic perfusion imaging measurements: implications for the use of Tc-99m sestamibi in acute myocardial infarction. Int J Card Imaging  2000; 16:293-303.
*Chareonthaitawee P, O’Connor MK, Gibbons RJ, Ritman EL, Christian TF. The effect of collateral flow and myocardial viability on the distribution of Tc-99m sestamibi in a closed chest model of coronary occlusion and reperfusion. Eur J Nucl Med  2000; 27:508-517.
*Kwok JMMF, Christian TF, Miller TD, Hodge DO, Gibbons RJ. Identification of severe coronary artery disease in patients with a single abnormal coronary territory on exercise Thallium-201 Imaging: The Importance of Clinical and Exercise Variables. J Am Coll Cardiol  2000; 35: 335-44.
Christian TF, Rettmann D, Altetras AH, Liao S, Taylor JL, Balaban RS, Arai AE. Absolute myocardial perfusion in canines measured by using dual-bolus first-pass MR imaging. Radiology  2004; 232:677-684. ARAOZ 7:559-564.
Gentchos GE, Tischler MD, Christian TF.  Imaging and quantifying valvular heart disease using magnetic resonance techniques.  Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med  2006; 8:453-460.

Christian TF.  Positively magnetic north.  J Am Coll Cardiol 2006; 47:1646-1648.

Ling LH, Chistian TF, Mulvagh SL, Klarich KW, Hauser MF, Nishimura RA, Pellikka PA.  Determining myocardial viability in chronic ischemic left ventricular dysfunction: A prospective comparison of rest-redistribution thallium 201 single-photon emission computed tomography nitroglycerin-dobutamine echocardiography, and intracoronary myocardial contrast echocardiography.  Am Heart J  2006; 151:882-889.

Valeti VU, Chun W, Potter DD, Araoz PA, McGee KP, Glockner JF, Christian TF.  Myocardial tagging and strain analysis at 3 Tesla: Comparison with 1.5 Tesla imaging.  J Magn Reson Imaging  2006; 23:477-480.