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Anita Kelsey to join Duke Heart as Vice Chair for Non-invasive Imaging

We are excited to welcome Anita M. Kelsey, MD, back to Duke as the Vice Chief of Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging.  Anita is currently Associate Chief of Cardiology at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT.  She will join us July 1st and will help build a platform by which we can determine the appropriateness, measure the quality, and ensure we learn from the way in which we care for our cardiovascular patients using noninvasive imaging modalities across the Duke Health System.

Anita Kelsey first came to Duke as an undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering working with Olaf Von Ramm.  She completed Medical School and residency at the University of Connecticut and returned to Duke from 1995-1998 as a Cardiology fellow under the mentorship of Tom Bashore and Tom Ryan.

Kelsey returned to CT in 1998 where her clinical career has centered around Echocardiography, education, heart disease in women, and leadership.  She has served as Director of Echocardiography in Hartford integrating quality practices and education throughout the Trinity Health Of New England hospitals and medical groups.  She began the interventional echo program at Saint Francis and built an accredited school of cardiac sonography that boasts 15 winners of ASE national student awards. Kelsey serves on the Board of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Cardiovascular Technical Schools.  She has designed an innovative echocardiographic reporting tool for use throughout the Trinity Health system structured to improve compliance with accreditation guidelines and reduce physician burnout.

Kelsey has served as Site Director for the University of Connecticut Cardiovascular Fellowship Program A, councilor for the CT Council of the American College of Cardiology, and past President of the CT Board of the American Heart Association.  She began a Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis that has reached 11,000 women with special focus on the highest-risk, underserved, inner-city women.  Kelsey is program director for a Women’s Heart symposium, now in its 13th year and associate program director for the Robert M. Jeresaty symposium, now in its 55th year. She is also currently pursuing her MBA in the Weekend Executive Progam at the Duke Fuqua school with certification in Health Sector Management.  Kelsey is thrilled to be joining her daughter, a first-year Duke Cardiology fellow, Michelle.  We are thrilled that Anita is returning to Duke to help us as at Duke Heart.  Please welcome Anita when you see her around campus over the next few months.



  1. Congratulations to Dr. Anita Kelsey on her new position at Duke! I will certainly miss her as my cardiologist, but wish her all the best in her new position at Duke. I had a feeling her leaving might have had something to do with her daughter…good guess! Family first. I will send all my North Carolina relatives your way.

    Best regards,

    Catherine Lester Salchert, Avon, CT

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