Nicholas Burris, MD

Associate Professor, Radiology
Director, Aortic and Structural Heart Imaging
Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology
Michigan Medicine
Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Rm 5588
1500 E. Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 4810-5868

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Dr. Nicholas Burris is Associate Professor (tenure) in the Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, and serves as the Director of Aortic & Structural Heart imaging for Radiology. He is a board-certified radiologist who joined the faculty at University of Michigan 2016. Dr. Burris received his medical degree from University of Maryland in 2010 and competed both a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Radiology at University of California, San Francisco. Additionally, he competed post-doctoral research training at UCSF as part of the Department’s Biomedical Imaging for Clinician Scientists NIH T32 training grant. Dr. Burris’ research and clinical interests are focused on imaging diseases of the aorta and aortic valve. Specifically, he researches the use of advanced MRI and CT techniques to improve risk assessment of patients with aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm and aortic valve disease. Dr. Burris serves as a reviewer for multiple national and international scientific journals including Radiology, Investigative Radiology, European Heart Journal, JACC.


University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Member

Areas of Interest

MRI blood flow imaging (4D Flow) in patients with aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm and bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Advanced CT image processing to improve detection and quantification of aortic growth in aneurysm and dissection patients using vascular deformation mapping (VDM).

Clinical Interests

Clinically, Dr. Burris has interest in providing high-level care to patients undergoing CT/MR imaging of the aorta and aortic valve, and acts as the lead radiologist for the University of Michigan’s Multidisciplinary Aorta (MAP) and Structural Heart Program (TAVR and TMVR programs). Dr. Burris also has clinical interest in CT/MR imaging of cardiac disease, interstitial lung disease (ILD), and CT-guided lung biopsy techniques. He displays a high level of enthusiasm and commitment to educating medical students, residents and fellows training in Cardiovascular Imaging.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Burris has received multiple awards for his research including Hounsfield Award from the Society of Advanced Body Imaging (SABI), Best Abstract Award from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and Magna Cum Laude (scientific merit award) from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).



  • University of California, San Francisco, Diagnostic Radiology, CA, 2015


  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Radiology, University of California, San Francisco, 2016

Board Certification

  • Diagnostic Radiology

Professional Organizations

  • Radiological Society of North America
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • American Heart Association


Dr. Burris is co-PI of a recently funded NIH R01 study (“Non-invasive hemodynamic and biomechanic imaging methods for early risk prediction in aortic dissection”) focused on identifying novel markers of false lumen pressurization that predict growth and complications in patients with aortic dissection using advanced MRI blood flow imaging (4D Flow MRI). Dr. Burris is lead inventor of a new technique, termed vascular deformation mapping (VDM), for highly accurate, 3-dimensional growth measurements in the thoracic aorta. He is co-PI of a recently completed NIH SBIR (R43/R44) grant to focused on technical development and communalization of the VDM technology in collaboration with industry collaborators at Imbio LLC.

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