David Fieno

M.D., Ph.D.

A little about me:

I am a transplant to Alabama and love living in the South.  Alabama has become my home and is wonderful for raising a family.


I enjoy are walking, travel, deep sea fishing, table tennis, volleyball and hiking.  The great outdoors in Mother Nature are some of my favorite places to spend vacation time.

Education, Internships, & Fellowships

2007-2010 Fellowship in Cardiology and in Cardiovascular Diseases
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,
University of California at Los Angeles, and
Westside Los Angeles Veterans Administration
Los Angeles, California
2004-2007 Residency in Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
2004 Doctor of Medicine
Northwestern University,
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
2003-2004 Fellowship in Imaging
Cardiac SPECT, PET, CT and
Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
2000-2002 Postdoctoral Trainee
Department of Radiology and
Division of Cardiology
Northwestern University
1997-2000 Doctor of Philosophy
Biomedical Engineering
McCormick Graduate School of Engineering,
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
1996-1997 Master of Science
Biomedical Engineering
McCormick Graduate School of Engineering,
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
1992-1996 Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering,
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Bachelor of Science
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Certifications & Specialties

  1. Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease
  2. Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography
  3. Internal Medicine
  4. X-ray, MRI, CT Radiation and Magnetic Safety
  5. Drug Enforcement Administration License
  6. State of Alabama Medical License
  7. State of California Medical License
  8. United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Steps I, II, III
  9. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  10. Basic Life Support (BLS)

Specific Skills & Medical Interests

  1. Cardiovascular Imaging
    • CMR, CT, TEE, and Nuclear Cardiology
  2. Invasive Cardiology
  3. Diagnostic Angiography
  4. Cardiac Rhythm Devices
    • Pacemakers, Defibrillators
  5. Evaluation, management of Venous Disease
  6. Critical Care Cardiology

Current/Previous Jobs & Titles

2010 – Present Heart South Cardiovascular Group, PC
2007 – 2010 2007 – 2010 Fellowship, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
2006 – Hospital Physician,
Critical Care Physician and Intensivist,
Medical Consultant,
Los Angeles, California
2004 – 2007 Resident Physician, Department of Medicine,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Los Angeles, CA
2003 Research Scientist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
S. Mark Taper Department of Imaging
Nuclear Cardiology / Cardiac Imaging
Los Angeles, California
1999 – 2000 Professional Engineer,

Organizations & Societies

  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Honors & Awards

2007-2009 Sports Spectacular Fellowship, with full funding of cardiology training
2007 The Paul Rubenstein, MD, Award for outstanding research by a resident
2007 The Ben Neumann Award, for special compassion and humanism in care of patients
2006 National Institutes of Health, $114,000 grant
(NIH LRP award L30 HL085906-01)
2006 Laurence Seigler, MD, Medical Education
2006 Standing Ovation Award, given by hospital president for outstanding patient care
2003 Lee F. Rogers Research Award, Radiology
2002 Student Stipend Award, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 21-28, 2002
1998 Student Stipend Award, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Sydney, Australia, April 18-26, 1998
1997 Whitaker Foundation Grant, $225,000, Biomedical Engineering (Grant FE-97-0185)
1996 Murphy Fellowship, Full Graduate Support (tuition, stipend) from Northwestern University
1996 Phi Beta Kappa, honor society
1996 Phi Kappa Phi, National Scholarship
1995 Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honors
1994-1996 Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship,
Undergraduate Tuition, $36,000
1994 Cooper Industries Scholarship
1992 1992 First Place, 43rd International Science and Engineering Fair, Nashville, TN

Select Publications

Shea SM, Fieno DS, Schirf BE, Bi X, Huang J, Omary RA, Li D.
T2-prepared steady-state free precession blood oxygen level-dependent MR imaging of myocardial perfusion in a dog stenosis model.
Radiology. 2005 Aug;236(2):503-9

Bello D, Fieno DS, Kim RJ, Pereles FS, Betts T, Wesson A, Passman R, Song G, Dibs S, Kadish A, Goldberger J.
Infarct morphology identifies patients with substrate for ventricular tachycardia.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2005 Apr 5;45(7):1104-8.

Fieno DS, Shea SM, Li Y, Harris KR, Finn JP, Li D.
High Resolution, Steady-State Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Using Native Contrast Blood Oxygen Level Dependent MRI.
2004 Sep 7;110(10):1284-90.

Fieno DS, Hillenbrand HB, Rehwald WR, Harris KR, Decker RS, Parker MA, Klocke FJ, Kim RJ, Judd RM.
Infarct Resorption, Compensatory Hypertrophy, and Differing Patterns of Ventricular Remodeling following Myocardial Infarction of Varying Sizes.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
2004. Jun 2;43(11):2124-31.

Rehwald WG, Fieno DS, Chen EL, Kim RJ, Judd RM. Myocardial magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent concentrations after reversible and irreversible ischemic injury.
Circulation. 2002 Jan 15;105(2):224-9.

Fieno DS, Kim RJ, Chen EL, Lomasney JW, Klocke FJ, Judd RM.
Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of myocardium at risk: distinction between reversible and irreversible injury throughout infarct healing.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2000 Nov 15;36(6):1985-91.

David S. Fieno
Contrast-Enhanced MRI of Infarct Resorption and Compensatory Hypertrophy Following Myocardial Infarction
Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation, June 2000, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Graduate School of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Kim RJ, Fieno DS, Parrish TB, Harris K, Chen EL, Simonetti O, Bundy J, Finn JP, Klocke FJ, Judd RM. Relationship of MRI delayed contrast enhancement to irreversible injury, infarct age, and contractile function.
Circulation. 1999 Nov 9;100(19):1992-2002.

Kim RJ, Judd RM, Chen EL, Fieno DS, Parrish TB, Lima JA.
Relationship of elevated 23Na magnetic resonance image intensity to infarct size after acute reperfused myocardial infarction.
Circulation. 1999 Jul 13;100(2):185-92.

Fieno DS, Kim RJ, Rehwald WG, Judd RM.
Physiological basis for potassium (39K) magnetic resonance imaging of the heart.
Circulation Research. 1999 Apr 30;84(8):913-20.