Mrinalini Krishnan, MD| Heart Failure And Transplantation Cardiology | MedStar Health

Mrinalini Krishnan, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (169 reviews)

Specialties: Heart Failure And Transplantation Cardiology

Languages: English


About me

Mrinalini Krishnan, MD is a cardiologist specializing in advanced heart failure with the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, who practices at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

Dr. Krishnan cares for patients diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension as well as patients with cardiomyopathies and advanced heart failure who require intravenous infusions, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), and heart transplantation. She encorporates state-of-the-art medications and technologies along with a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to provide the optimal care for her patients long-term.

Dr. Krishnan is the Regional Director of Pulmonary Hypertension at MedStar. She serves as the Associate Program Director for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology fellowship program and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. She is a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the Heart Failure Society of America, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Additionally, she is a reviewer for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology Journal, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Delivering continuity in care is a key priority for Dr. Krishnan, as she is treating patients whose needs range from routine to emergency, and in some cases, transplant care. She values the opportunities she has to get to know her patients and their families on a personal level, and always strives to help patients fully understand the intricacies of their medical conditions and actively participate in their care plan.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Hypertension
  • Syncope
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Advanced Heart Failure (AHF)
  • Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
  • Cardiac Amyloid
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Cardiovascular Disease Related To Chemotherapy
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Cyanotic Heart Disease
  • Diabetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Edema
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • End Stage Heart Disease
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFPEF)
  • Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFREF)
  • Heart Problems
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Hereditary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation Associated Heart Failure
  • Myocarditis
  • Non Compaction Cardiomyopathy NCM
  • Non Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Orthopnea
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral Edema
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Associated Connective Tissue Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Vein Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Right Bundle Branch Block
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Scleroderma Heart Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia Induced Cardiomyopathy
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy
  • Toxin Induced Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Transplant Related Infection
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Viral Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiomems
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Chronic Inotropic Therapy
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Heart Health
  • Heart Transplant
  • Home Inotropes
  • In Office Cardiac Echocardiogram
  • In Office Cardiac Stress Test
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • Pretransplant Clearance
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Pulmonary And Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Repeat Heart Transplant
  • Six Minute Walk Test
  • Sports Related Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Stress Echo Cardiogram
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Vo2 Measurement
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Practice locations

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3300 North Calvert Street
Floor 2
Baltimore, MD, 21218


Fax 410-554-6534

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3333 North Calvert Street
Suite LL08
Baltimore, MD, 21218


Fax 410-235-7808

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110 Irving Street Northwest
MHVI-1st Floor North Addition
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-3503

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus



Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Fellowship: MedStar Health (2020)

Fellowship: Washington Hospital Center (2020)

Fellowship: Robert Packer Hospital (2019)

Residency: Robert Packer Hospital (2019)

Fellowship: University of Alabama (2016)

Residency: MIT Medical (2015)

Residency: Pinnacle Health (2015)

Graduate: Medical University of the Americas Degree Verification (2011)

Graduate: Medical University of the Americas-Nevis (2011)


  • International Travelling Scholarship, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2017.
  • Exemplar of Professionalism Award, American College of Physicians, 2014.

News and publications

  • Singh M, Krishnan M, Ruiz M, Sheikh FH. Non-tuberculous mycobacterial associated left ventricular assist device infections: a single center experience. Tex Heart Inst J. 2022. DOI 10.14503/THIJ-20-7498.

  • Singh M, Krishnan M, Ghazzal A, Halushka M, Tozzi JE, Bunning RD, Rodrigo ME, Najjar SS, Molina EJ, Sheikh FH. From hip to heart: a comprehensive evaluation of an infiltrative cardiomyopathy. CJC Open. 2021 Jun 26;3(11):1392-1395.

  • Krishnan M, Cupps TR, Sheikh FH. Tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitor use for treatment of refractory cardiac sarcoidosis in a patient with left ventricular assist device: Adalimumab use in refractory sarcoidosis in a patient with left ventricular assist device. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2020 Dec; 39(12): 1504-1505. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2020.08.001. Epub 2020 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 32830024.

  • Krishnan M & Barnett CF. Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs. 2020 May 13; 8(5):169-177. doi: 10.1080/21678707.2020.1770080. Epub 2020 May 28.

  • Abdullah A, Lekkala M, Wolfe Z, Raghu C, Khan SU, Krishnan M, Winnicka L, Lash B. Isolated left ventricular metastasis from renal cell carcinoma: diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma. Case Rep Oncol 2018 Jun 7; 11(2): 365-371. doi: 10.1159/000489770. eCollection 2018 May-Aug. PubMed PMID: 29983699.

  • Krishnan M, Cheriyath P, Wert Y, Moritz T. The untapped potential of tunneled pleural catheters. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2015 Dec; 100(6): 2055-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.05.086. Epub 2015 Aug 18. PubMed PMID: 26294344.

  • Abdelsalam M, Krishnan M, Banga S, Bachinsky W. High risk percutaneous coronary intervention in a patient with a single coronary artery presenting as STEMI and cardiogenic shock. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Aug 14; 2015: bcr2015210345. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-210345. PubMed PMID: 26275407.

  • Harskamp RE, Abdelsalam M, Lopes RD, Boga G, Hirji S, Krishnan M, Kiljanek L, Mumtaz M, Tijssen JG, McCarty C, deWinter RJ, Bachinsky WB. Cardiac troponin release following hybrid coronary revascularization versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Dec;19(6):1008-12. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivu297. Epub 2014 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 25217621.

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  • Feb 27, 2024

    Dr Krishnan is excellent with connecting with her patient on a professional and personal level. She takes her time and explains things well.

  • Feb 22, 2024

    Dr. Krishnan is amazing

  • Feb 5, 2024

    Dr. Krishnan was very knowledgeable and explained everything. She gave me a plan of action with some choices and discussed each option. I definitely would recommend her to anyone.