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Two Sanford Doctors Certified in New Heart Specialty

Enhancing Care for Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

(Fargo, ND & Sioux Falls, SD) – Two Sanford Health cardiologists have earned an elite certification specializing in the latest technology and treatment options for patients with advanced heart failure. The new specialty – advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology – is offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine. It was created as a result of the rapid progress in treatment options for patients with heart failure and the ever growing need to monitor, assess and advance these new technologies for patients.

Orvar Jonsson, MD, located in Sioux Falls, SD and Heeraimangalore Manjunath, MD, located in Fargo, ND are two of only 225 doctors worldwide certified in the new specialty. Drs. Jonsson and Manjunath are board certificated in Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant through Internal Medicine. Dr. Jonsson completed an additional year of training and research in heart failure at the University of Iowa. In addition, Dr. Manjunath recently completed a three month fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant training at Mayo Clinic. The fellowship program focuses on treatment of advanced heart failure, pre-and post-heart transplant evaluation, and acute and chronic blood pressure management.

Major advances in both diagnosis and treatment of heart failure allow patients today to live long and active lives after a heart attack. Treatment options for patients with advanced heart failure have also become increasingly complex, requiring substantial technical expertise.

“With this new training, Sanford’s cardiologists are leading the way in providing optimal, technically advanced yet cost-effective care for patients with heart failure,” said Charles O’Brien, MD, president, Sanford USD Medical Center.

“While most heart failure patients will continue to be managed by general internists or cardiologists, Drs. Jonsson and Manjunath will serve as consultants for patients with worsening heart failure and those who need more advanced care,” said Bruce Pitts, MD, president, Sanford Clinic Fargo.

The heart failure and transplantation program at Sanford Heart offers comprehensive care for patients with heart failure and more treatment options than anywhere else in the region. From early prevention strategies to end-stage treatment options, Sanford’s experienced heart failure specialists offer every option to help all patients live longer, healthier lives.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit

Andrea Voorhees  |  Sanford Media Strategist  |  Fargo Region
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