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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Rahko is Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is the director of the Adult Echocardiography Lab at UW Hospital and Clinics. His clinical interests include noninvasive imaging characterization of ventricular structure and function in patients with heart failure and heart failure devices. He also is involved in echocardiographic evaluation of valvular heart disease, particularly candidates for TAVR. He has an active practice in general cardiology and a specialized clinic for the medical management cardiomyopathies and of end-stage heart failure, including the evaluation of innovative pharmaceutical and device therapies for heart failure. He also has implemented an echo-based screening program for detection of heart disease in varsity athletes and implemented this as a part of the medical evaluation of all incoming athletes to the university.


Cardiovascular Medicine

Transplant Medicine



Heart Failure

Heart Failure, Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support

Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Medicine

Heart Transplant

Heart Valve

Heart Valve Clinic Cardiovascular Medicine

Left Ventricular Assist Device

Medical Management of Transplant Patients

Stress Echocardiogram


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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Cardiovascular Disease
Internal Medicine
Fellowship University of Pittsburgh Health Center Hospitals, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Internship Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Medical School University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN

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PubMed Articles
Modaff DS Hegde SM Wyman RA Rahko PS Usefulness of Focused Screening Echocardiography for Collegiate Athletes. Am J Cardiol . 2019 Jan 1;123(1):169-174
[PubMed ID: 30348435]
Mitchell C Rahko PS Blauwet LA Canaday B Finstuen JA Foster MC Horton K Ogunyankin KO Palma RA Velazquez EJ Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr . 2019 Jan;32(1):1-64
[PubMed ID: 30282592]
Rahko PS Acute Heart Failure in the Emergency Department: What Is the Prognosis? Ann Intern Med . 2017 Nov 21;167(10):744-745
[PubMed ID: 28973163]
Benjamin MM Chaddha A Sampene E Field ME Rahko PS Comparison of Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Reduced Versus Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction. Am J Cardiol . 2016 Dec 15;118(12):1831-1835
[PubMed ID: 28029361]
Porras AM Shanmuganayagam D Meudt JJ Krueger CG Hacker TA Rahko PS Reed JD Masters KS Development of Aortic Valve Disease in Familial Hypercholesterolemic Swine: Implications for Elucidating Disease Etiology. J Am Heart Assoc . 2015 Oct 27;4(10):e002254
[PubMed ID: 26508741]
Rahko PS Rapid evaluation of chest pain in the emergency department. JAMA Intern Med . 2014 Jan;174(1):59-60
[PubMed ID: 24100614]
Chapman CB Ewer SM Kelly AF Jacobson KM Leal MA Rahko PS Classification of left ventricular diastolic function using American Society of Echocardiography Guidelines: agreement among echocardiographers. Echocardiography . 2013 Oct;30(9):1022-31
[PubMed ID: 23551740]
Chapman CB Allana S Sweitzer NK Kohmoto T Murray M Murray D Johnson M Rahko PS Effects of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device as observed by serial echocardiography. Echocardiography . 2013 May;30(5):513-20
[PubMed ID: 23311405]
Chapman CB Rahko PS Three-dimensional echocardiography and mitral valve disease. Curr Cardiol Rep . 2010 May;12(3):243-9
[PubMed ID: 20424968]
Asghar H Rahko PS Quality of heart failure management: a comparison of care between a comprehensive heart failure program and a general cardiology practice. Congest Heart Fail . 2010 Mar-Apr;16(2):65-70
[PubMed ID: 20412471]
Spier BJ Larue SJ Teelin TC Leff JA Swize LR Borkan SH Satyapriya A Rahko PS Pfau PR Review of complications in a series of patients with known gastro-esophageal varices undergoing transesophageal echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr . 2009 Apr;22(4):396-400
[PubMed ID: 19231133]
Osaki S Sweitzer NK Rahko PS Murray MA Hoffmann JA Johnson MR Edwards NM Kohmoto T To explant or not to explant: an invasive and noninvasive monitoring protocol to determine the need of continued ventricular assist device support. Congest Heart Fail . 2009 Mar-Apr;15(2):58-62
[PubMed ID: 19385118]
Chen H Varghese T Rahko PS Zagzebski JA Ultrasound frame rate requirements for cardiac elastography: experimental and in vivo results. Ultrasonics . 2009 Jan;49(1):98-111
[PubMed ID: 18657839]
Wu JY Sun H O'Rourke AP Huebner SM Rahko PS Will JA Webster JG Taser blunt probe dart-to-heart distance causing ventricular fibrillation in pigs. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng . 2008 Dec;55(12):2768-71
[PubMed ID: 19126456]
Wyman RA Chiu RY Rahko PS The 5-minute screening echocardiogram for athletes. J Am Soc Echocardiogr . 2008 Jul;21(7):786-8
[PubMed ID: 18187286]
Rahko PS Evaluation of the skin-to-heart distance in the standing adult by two-dimensional echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr . 2008 Jun;21(6):761-4
[PubMed ID: 18187292]
Wu JY Sun H O'Rourke AP Huebner S Rahko PS Will JA Webster JG Taser dart-to-heart distance that causes ventricular fibrillation in pigs. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng . 2007 Mar;54(3):503-8
[PubMed ID: 17355063]
Wyman RA Rahko PS Patchy myocardial fibrosis 20 years after radiation therapy. Echocardiography . 2007 Jan;24(1):68-70
[PubMed ID: 17214625]
Katz DA Aufderheide TP Bogner M Rahko PR Brown RL Brown LM Prekker ME Selker HP The impact of unstable angina guidelines in the triage of emergency department patients with possible acute coronary syndrome. Med Decis Making . 2006 Nov-Dec;26(6):606-16
[PubMed ID: 17099199]
Rahko PS An echocardiographic analysis of the long-term effects of carvedilol on left ventricular remodeling, systolic performance, and ventricular filling patterns in dilated cardiomyopathy. Echocardiography . 2005 Aug;22(7):547-54
[PubMed ID: 16060890]