Rupa Sanghani, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Administrator (Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Director of Consult Service), Clinician and Faculty
Joined Rush in 2016


I am Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Director of the Cardiology Consult Service and Associate Director for the Rush Heart Center for Women. I started our Cardia PET program in 2019, which was the first of its kind in Chicago. In addition, my clinical interests include women with heart disease and in particular, pregnancy-related heart disease.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I had amazing mentors who guided my interests and helped to advance my training in nuclear cardiology. They nominated me for committees and writing assignments that helped to further my career.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush has given me the opportunity to completely revamp our nuclear cardiology department with all new equipment and software. With the institution’s support, I was able to start the first cardiac PET program in the state of Illinois last year.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Mentoring and sponsorship has been critical to my career. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic mentor coming out of a fellowship who nominated me for committees and writing assignments that really helped to propel my career.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Networking and getting to know people is very important. Most senior leaders are happy to have a junior person helping them and working with them. All you have to do is ask.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I was a trained opera singer. I still love to sing, play the piano and spend time with my family and kids.