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Kelley Branch


Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Clinical Trials Service Unit
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center ​
University of Washington Medical Center 
1959 NE Pacific Street
Campus Box 356422 
Seattle, WA 98195-6422


  • Fellow, Cardiology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 2004
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001 
  • MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1998
  • BS, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1992



  • Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease, 2004
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001


  • Echocardiography
  • He​​art Failure
  • Nuclear Medicine (PET and SPECT)
  • Advanced Cardiac Imaging (Cardiac CT and Cardiac MRI)
  • Fusion imaging (PET/CT)


  • National Institutes of Health K12 Mentored Research Award, 2006-2011
  • UW School of Medicine Outstanding Faculty in Continuing Medical Education Award, 2008
  • American College of Cardiology/Merck Fellowship Award, 2003-2004
  • Cardiology Teaching Excellence Award, University of Washington


 Selected Publications

Branch KR, Bresnahan BW, Veenstra DL, Shuman WP, Weintraub WS, Busey JM, Elliott DJ, Mitsumori LM, Strote J, Jobe K, Dubinsky T, Caldwell JH "Economic outcome of cardiac CT-based evaluation and standard of care for suspected acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department: a decision analytic model." Academic radiology 2012 Mar; 19; 3; 265-73
Busch JL, Alessio AM, Caldwell JH, Gupta M, Mao S, Kadakia J, Shuman W, Budoff MJ, Branch KR "Myocardial hypo-enhancement on resting computed tomography angiography images accurately identifies myocardial hypoperfusion." Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography 2011 Nov-Dec ; 5; 6; 412-20
Mitsumori LM, Wang E, May JM, Lockhart DW, Branch KR, Dubinsky TJ, Shuman WP "Triphasic contrast bolus for whole-chest ECG-gated 64-MDCT of patients with nonspecific chest pain: evaluation of arterial enhancement and streak artifact." AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2010 Mar; 194; 3; W263-71
Shuman WP, May JM, Branch KR, Mitsumori LM, Strote JN, Green DE, Caldwell JH "Negative ECG-gated cardiac CT in patients with low-to-moderate risk chest pain in the emergency department: 1-year follow-up." AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2010 Oct; 195; 4; 923-7
Shuman WP, Branch KR, May JM, Mitsumori LM, Strote JN, Warren BH, Dubinsky TJ, Lockhart DW, Caldwell JH "Whole-chest 64-MDCT of emergency department patients with nonspecific chest pain: Radiation dose and coronary artery image quality with prospective ECG triggering versus retrospective ECG gating." AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2009 Jun; 192; 6; 1662-7