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Dr. Ankur Kalra

Ankur Kalra, MD.

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kalra, an interventional cardiologist and the founder of the non-profit startup, makeadent.org, boasts an impressive array of roles and accomplishments in the field of cardiology. As the primary investigator at the Krannert Cardiovascular Research Center and an adjunct clinical associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, he brings expertise and leadership to cardiovascular research and education.  Dr. Kalra serves as the director of the Barry J. Maron Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center in New Delhi, India, demonstrating his commitment to advancing specialized cardiac care.


Additionally, he hosts the acclaimed cardiology podcast show, Parallax, recognized for its excellence in disseminating cutting-edge cardiovascular knowledge. With a wealth of experience, Dr. Kalra has presented groundbreaking research at national and international scientific cardiovascular meetings and authored over 300 scientific manuscripts in esteemed peer-reviewed journals. His extensive medical and cardiology training, including stints at prestigious institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Cooper University Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, underscores his dedication to excellence in patient care and academic pursuits. Dr. Kalra’s advanced training in interventional and structural cardiology at renowned centers like Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center further solidifies his expertise in complex cardiac interventions.

Dr. Kalra holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology from the American Board of Internal Medicine, showcasing his expertise and dedication to providing high-quality patient care. Additionally, he is a Diplomate in Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography from the National Board of Echocardiography, further attesting to his proficiency in cardiovascular imaging. Dr. Kalra has also pursued additional certifications in patient safety, healthcare quality, health informatics, and leadership through Harvard Medical School’s esteemed 1-year Safety, Quality, Informatics, and Leadership certification program. Currently, he is actively engaged in expanding his knowledge and skills by pursuing a Master of Science program in Health Economics, Outcomes, and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences at the prestigious London School of Economics & Political Science in the United Kingdom. Beyond his clinical and academic pursuits,

Dr. Kalra is a versatile individual, showcasing his creativity and literary talent as the author of the poetry book, “Ibadah.” This work, released on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, was launched in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute on Valentine’s Day, 2020, reflecting his multifaceted interests and contributions to both the medical and cultural realms.


  • Houston Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Hennepin County Medical Center/Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Cooper University Hospital, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden, NJ
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • Indira Gandhi Medical College
  • Acute myocardial infarction (drugs and percutaneous therapies)
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Health services research (economics, outcomes and policy)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • South Asian heart health
  • Transcatheter heart valves
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Harvard Alumni Association
  • Indiana State Medical Association
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • Cardiovascular Research Technologies: Late-Breaking Clinical Science – Hot Topics: A Blood Biomarker-Based Diagnosis of Reperfused Hemorrhagic ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Predicts Acute Outcomes
  • Franciscan Health: Franciscan Values in Practice High Five Award
  • EuroIntervention/EuroPCR: Finalist, Best Clinical Research
  • EuroIntervention: Most Cited Clinical Research Article
  • Indiana University Health: Cardiovascular Institute Director for Interventional Cardiology Quality and Innovation
  • Expertscape: World Expert in Professional Education
  • AIMS Public Health 2021m Volume 8, Issue 4: 743-753: The Top 100 Twitter Influencers in Cardiology
  • ESC Digital Summit 2021: Best of European Heart Journal Digital Health – Editor’s Choice: Mapping and Quantification of the Twitter Footprint of Cardiologists
  • TCT 2021: Key Coronary Intervention Abstracts: Invasive vs. Medical Management in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
  • TVT 2021: Featured Clinical Research: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (Valve-in-valve vs. Reoperative Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients with Failed Aortic Bioprosthesis: Insight from Nationwide Readmission Database)
  • Cardiovascular Research Technologies:
    Landmark Session: Late-Breaking Trials – Structural: Off-Label Use of Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Patients Receiving Mechanical and Bioprosthetic Heart Valves: Insights from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database
  • JACC: Case Reports: JACC Journals Best of 2020 (Voices in Cardiology: The Kardashian Index of Cardiologists: Celebrities or Experts)
  • European Heart Journal: Top Altmetric-scoring CardioPulse Papers of All Time (Rank #1) (COVID-19 and the Healthcare Workers.)
  • European Heart Journal: Top Five Papers Published since January 1, 2018 (Rank #1) (COVID-19 and the Healthcare Workers.)
  • Cleveland Clinic: Sones-Favaloro Award for Excellence in Research
  • Cleveland Clinic: Medical Director of Clinical Research for Regional Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: Scholarship in Teaching Award
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons:  Richard E. Clark Memorial Paper
  • European Society of Cardiology:  2017 Late-Breaking Science: Leaflet Thrombosis following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Insights from the MAUDE Database
  • Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital:  Award for Clinical Research Excellence