Nicholas Burris, MD

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

Michigan Experts Research Profile



Dr. Nicholas Burris is a board certified Cardiothoracic radiologist who joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Department of Radiology in 2016. Dr. Burris received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 2010, and completed both a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of California San Francisco. Additionally, Dr. Burris completed a year of dedicated post-doctorate research training at UCSF as part of the Department’s Biomedical Imaging for Clinician Scientists NIH T32 training grant. Dr. Burris’ research work focuses on advanced imaging of diseases of the aorta and aortic valve. Specifically, Dr. Burris 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 Investigative Radiology, JMRI, European Heart Journal and 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 enlargement in aneurysm and dissection patients using Vascular Deformation Mapping.

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 NIH Young Investigator Travel Award from the Society of Magnetic Resonance Angiography (SMRA) 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 has previously received grant funding to study the role of hemodynamics and inflammation in patients with type B aortic dissection using PET/MRI, and was recently awarded an RSNA Scholar grant for a project titled “Hemodynamic Biomarkers of Aneurysmal Degeneration in Type B Aortic Dissection” that aims to use 4D Flow MRI to predict future aneurysm formation. Additionally, in close collaboration with the UM Center for Molecular imaging, Dr. Burris has led the development of a new technique, named Vascular Deformation Mapping (VDM), which allows for highly accurate and 3-dimensional assessment of growth in aortic aneurysm. He is Co-PI of a recently funded NIH SBIR (R43/R44) grant to support development and commercialization of the VDM technology in collaboration with Imbio LLC.