• Emeritus Researcher

    • MCRI - MCRI-Clinical Research Center
    • 1000 North Oak Avenue 1R3 Marshfield, WI 54449


Fellowship, Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
Residency, Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
Internship, Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
BA, Chemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Work Experience

2018 to Present:
Emeritus Researcher - Fritz Wenzel Center for Clinical Research - MCRI, Marshfield Clinic Health Institute, Marshfield, WI
2007 to 2018:
Director of Echocardiography, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
2000 to 2018:
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1994 to 2018:
Director, Marshfield Heart Care Database, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
1994 to 2018:
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
1994 to 2018:
Cardiologist, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
1996 to 2016:
Administrator, Marshfield Enhanced Clinical Codes Acquisition (MECCA) Cardiology, Marshfield Clinic, Department of Cardiology, Marshfield, WI
1995 to 2010:
Course Director "Heart Care Fall Symposium", Marshfield Clinic Cardiology Lecture Series - Extramural Conferences for Cardiologists, Primary Care Physicians, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
2000 to 2007:
Co-Director of Echocardiography, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
1998 to 2007:
Medical Education Liaison for Residents and Medical Students, Cardiology, Marshfield Clinic, Inc., Marshfield, WI
1997 to 2000:
RVU Task Force Committee Coordinator, Cardiology, Marshfield Clinic, Inc. Cardiology Department, Marshfield, WI
1994 to 2000:
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1992 to 1994:
Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1992 to 1994:
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1987 to 1994:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1986 to 1994:
Director, Clinical Cardiac NMR Imaging, The Methodist Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1984 to 1994:
Director, High Risk Obstetrical Cardiology Clinic, Ben Taub General Hospital, Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX
1985 to 1992:
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1984 to 1992:
Director, Noninvasive Cardiology Laboratory, Ben Taub General Hospital, Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX
1984 to 1985:
Instructor in Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Board Certifications

1998 to 3000:
Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography - Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography
1981 to Present:
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine - Lifetime Certified
1983 to Present:
Diplomate, American Board of Cardiovascular Disease - Lifetime Certified

Professional Societies

American College of Cardiology, Fellow
American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
American College of Physicians, Fellow
International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Member
American Society of Echocardiography, Member
Wisconsin Medical Society, Member
American Society of Echocardiography, Fellow

Select Publications

  • Rokey R, Rolak LA, Harati Y, Kutka N, Verani MS. (1984 July). Coronary artery disease in patients with cerebrovascular disease: a prospective study. Ann Neurol. 16(1):50-53.
    PubMed ID: 6465861
  • Rokey R, Chahine R. (1984 June). Isolated left posterior fascicular block associated with acquired ventricular septal defect. Clin Cardiol. 7(6):364-369.
    PubMed ID: 6744692
  • Rokey R, Kuo LC, Zoghbi WA, Limacher MC, Quinones MA. (1985 March). Determination of parameters of left ventricular diastolic filling with pulsed Doppler echocardiography: comparison with cineangiography. CIRCULATION. 71(3):543-550.
    PubMed ID: 3971525
  • Abinader EG, Kuo LC, Rokey R, Quinones MA. (1985 August). Mitral-septal angle: a new two-dimensional echocardiographic index of left ventricular performance. Am Heart J. 110(2):381-385.
    PubMed ID: 4025114
  • Rokey R, Verani MS, Bolli R, Kuo LC, Ford JJ, Wendt RE,...Roberts R. (1986 March). Myocardial infarct size quantification by MR imaging early after coronary artery occlusion in dogs. Radiology. 158(3):771-774.
    PubMed ID: 3945752
  • Rokey R, Murphy DJ, Nielsen AP, Abinader EG, Huhta JC, Quinones MA. (1986 March). Detection of diastolic atrioventricular valvular regurgitation by pulsed Doppler echocardiography and its association with complete heart block. Am J Cardiol. 57(8):692-694.
    PubMed ID: 3953459
  • Rokey R, Sterling LL, Zoghbi WA, Sartori M, Limacher MC, Kuo LC, Quinones MA. (1986 June). Determination of regurgitant fraction in isolated mitral or aortic regurgitation by pulsed Doppler two-dimensional echocardiography. J Am Coll Cardiol. 7(6):1273-1278.
    PubMed ID: 3711483
  • Niakan E, Harati Y, Rolak LA, Comstock JP, Rokey R. (1986 November). Silent myocardial infarction and diabetic cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy. Arch Intern Med. 146(11):2229-2230.
    PubMed ID: 3778054
  • Rolak LA, Rokey R. (1986 January). Magnetic resonance imaging in moyamoya disease. J Child Neurol. 1(1):67-70.
    PubMed ID: 3598112
  • Kuo LC, Quinones MA, Rokey R, Sartori M, Abinader EG, Zoghbi WA. (1987 May). Quantification of atrial contribution to left ventricular filling by pulsed Doppler echocardiography and the effect of age in normal and diseased hearts. Am J Cardiol. 59(12):1174-1178.
    PubMed ID: 2953229
  • Zoghbi WA, Rokey R, Limacher MC, Quinones MA. (1987 May). Assessment of left ventricular diastolic filling by two-dimensional echocardiography. Am Heart J. 113(5):1108-1113.
    PubMed ID: 3578004
  • Puleo PR, Perryman MB, Bresser MA, Rokey R, Pratt CM, Roberts R. (1987 June). Creatine kinase isoform analysis in the detection and assessment of thrombolysis in man. CIRCULATION. 75(6):1162-1169.
    PubMed ID: 2952371
  • Wendt RE, Murphy PH, Rokey R. (1987 April). NMR "gating" really means "synchronization." J Nucl Med. 28(4):545-546.
    PubMed ID: 3572540
  • Morrow WR, Vick GW, Nihill MR, Rokey R, Johnston DL, Hedrick TD, Mullins CE. (1988 January). Balloon dilation of unoperated coarctation of the aorta: short- and intermediate-term results. J Am Coll Cardiol. 11(1):133-138.
    PubMed ID: 2961793
  • Rokey R, Wendt RE, Johnston DL. (1988 February). Monitoring of acutely ill patients during nuclear magnetic resonance imaging: use of a time-varying filter electrocardiographic gating device to reduce gradient artifacts. Magn Reson Med. 6(2):240-245.
    PubMed ID: 3367781
  • Wendt RE, Rokey R, Vick GW, Johnston DL. (1988). Electrocardiographic gating and monitoring in NMR imaging. Magn Reson Imaging. 6(1):89-95.
    PubMed ID: 3352484
  • Lee W, Rokey R, Cotton DB. (1988 March). Noninvasive maternal stroke volume and cardiac output determinations by pulsed Doppler echocardiography. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 158(3 Pt 1):505-510.
    PubMed ID: 3348311
  • Rokey R, Quinones MA, Zoghbi WA, Kuo LC, Abinader EG. (1988 November). Influence of left atrial systolic emptying on left ventricular early filling dynamics by Doppler in patients with sequential atrioventricular pacemakers. Am J Cardiol. 62(13):968-971.
    PubMed ID: 3177243
  • Abinader EG, Rokey R, Goldhammer E, Kuo LC, Said E. (1988 November). Prevalence of atrial septal aneurysm in patients with mitral valve prolapse. Am J Cardiol. 62(16):1139-1140.
    PubMed ID: 3189181
  • Johnston DL, Homma S, Liu P, Weilbaecher DG, Rokey R, Okada RD. (1988 December). Serial changes in nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation times after myocardial infarction in the rabbit: relationship to water content, severity of ischemia, and histopathology over a six-month period. Magn Reson Med. 8(4):363-379.
    PubMed ID: 3231066
  • Mulvagh SL, Rokey R, Vick GW, Johnston DL. (1989 November). Usefulness of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging for evaluation of pericardial effusions, and comparison with two-dimensional echocardiography. Am J Cardiol. 64(16):1002-1009.
    PubMed ID: 2816729
  • Lee W, Rokey R, Miller J, Cotton DB. (1989 October). Maternal hemodynamic effects of uterine contractions by M-mode and pulsed-Doppler echocardiography. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 161(4):974-977.
    PubMed ID: 2801847
  • Peshock RM, Rokey R, Malloy GM, McNamee P, Buja LM, Parkey RW, Willerson JT. (1989 September). Assessment of myocardial systolic wall thickening using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. J Am Coll Cardiol. 14(3):653-659.
    PubMed ID: 2768713
  • Rokey R, Rolak LA, Vick GW. (1989 March). No pretending not to know. JAMA. 261(9):1276-1277.
    PubMed ID: 2915450
  • Rokey R, Mulvagh SL, Cheirif JB, Mattox KL, Johnston DL. (1989 April). Lipomatous encasement and compression of the heart: antemortem diagnosis by cardiac nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and catheterization. Am Heart J. 117(4):952-953.
    PubMed ID: 2929406
  • Johnston DL, Rice L, Vick GW, Hedrick TD, Rokey R. (1989 July). Assessment of tissue iron overload by nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Med. 87(1):40-47.
    PubMed ID: 2741980
  • Johnston DL, Mulvagh SL, Cashion RW, O'Neill PG, Roberts R, Rokey R. (1989 July). Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of acute myocardial infarction within 24 hours of chest pain onset. Am J Cardiol. 64(3):172-179.
    PubMed ID: 2741827
  • O'Neill PG, Puleo PR, Bolli R, Rokey R. (1990 August). Return of atrial mechanical function following electrical conversion of atrial dysrhythmias. Am Heart J. 120(2):353-359.
    PubMed ID: 2382612
  • Vick GW, Rokey R, Huhta JC, Mulvagh SL, Johnston DL. (1990 May). Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of the pulmonary arteries, subpulmonary region, and aorticopulmonary shunts: a comparative study with two-dimensional echocardiography and angiography. Am Heart J. 119(5):1103-1110.
    PubMed ID: 2330869
  • Trakhtenbroit A, Majid PA, Rokey R. (1990 May). Cor triatriatum dexter: antemortem diagnosis in an adult by cross sectional echocardiography. Br Heart J. 63(5):314-316.
    PubMed ID: 2278805
  • Wendt RE, Rokey R, Marks A. (1991 September). A means of microsphere reference sampling that is compatible with nuclear magnetic resonance instruments. Magn Reson Med. 21(1):127-131.
    PubMed ID: 1943669
  • Lee W, Werch J, Rokey R, Pivarnik J, Miller J. (1991 January). Physiologic observations of pregnant women undergoing prophylactic erythrocytapheresis for sickle cell disease. Transfusion. 31(1):59-62.
    PubMed ID: 1986466
  • Rokey R, Vick GW, Bolli R, Lewandowski ED. (1991 April). Assessment of experimental pericardial effusion using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging techniques. Am Heart J. 121(4 Pt 1):1161-1169.
    PubMed ID: 2008840
  • O'Neill PG, Rokey R, Greenberg S, Pacifico A. (1991 November). Resolution of ventricular tachycardia and endocardial tuberculoma following antituberculosis therapy. Chest. 100(5):1467-1469.
    PubMed ID: 1935318
  • Wendt RE, Rokey R, Wong WF, Marks A. (1992 July). Magnetic resonance velocity measurements in small arteries. Comparison with Doppler ultrasonic measurements in the aortas of normal rabbits. Invest Radiol. 27(7):499-503.
    PubMed ID: 1644547
  • Wong WF, Rokey R, Wendt RE, Vick GW. (1992 March). An electrocardiograph-respiration gating device for MR studies. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2(2):233-235.
    PubMed ID: 1562777
  • Majid PA, Cheirif JB, Rokey R, Sanders WE, Patel B, Zimmerman JL, Dellinger RP. (1992 April). Does cocaine cause coronary vasospasm in chronic cocaine abusers? A study of coronary and systemic hemodynamics. Clin Cardiol. 15(4):253-258.
    PubMed ID: 1563128
  • Afridi I, Moise KJ, Rokey R. (1992 September). Termination of supraventricular tachycardia with intravenous adenosine in a pregnant woman with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Obstet Gynecol. 80(3 Pt 2):481-483.
    PubMed ID: 1495713
  • Schenck MH, O'Laughlin MP, Rokey R, Ludomirsky A, Mullins CE. (1993 September). Transcatheter occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus in adults. Am J Cardiol. 72(7):591-595.
    PubMed ID: 8362776
  • Vick GW, Wendt RE, Rokey R. (1994 May). Comparison of gradient echo with spin echo magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography in the evaluation of major aortopulmonary collateral arteries. Am Heart J. 127(5):1341-1347.
    PubMed ID: 8172063
  • Geva T, Vick GW, Wendt RE, Rokey R. (1994 July). Role of spin echo and cine magnetic resonance imaging in presurgical planning of heterotaxy syndrome. Comparison with echocardiography and catheterization. CIRCULATION. 90(1):348-356.
    PubMed ID: 8026017
  • Belfort M, Rokey R, Saade G, Moise KJ. (1994 October). Rapid echocardiographic assessment of left and right heart hemodynamics in critically ill obstetric patients. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 171(4):884-892.
    PubMed ID: 7943098
  • Rokey R, Hsu HW, Moise KJ, Adam K, Wasserstrum N. (1994 December). Inaccurate noninvasive mitral valve area calculation during pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 84(6):950-955.
    PubMed ID: 7970475
  • Rocha MP, Guntupalli KK, Moise KJ, Lockett LD, Khawli F, Rokey R. (1994 November). Massive hemoptysis in Takayasu's arteritis during pregnancy. Chest. 106(5):1619-1622.
    PubMed ID: 7956437
  • Bitar JN, Moise KJ, Suresh MS, Rokey R. (1994). Management of a false aneurysm with arteriovenous fistula of the aorta in a pregnant woman. J Maternal Fetal Med.
  • Geva T, Vick GW, Wendt RE, Rokey R. (1994). The diagnosis of heterotaxy syndrome. CIRCULATION. 91 :906-908.
  • Dabaghi SF, Rokey R, Rivera JM, Saliba WI, Majid PA. (1995 August). Comparison of echocardiographic assessment of cardiac hemodynamics in the intensive care unit with right-sided cardiac catheterization. Am J Cardiol. 76(5):392-395.
    PubMed ID: 7639166
  • Rokey R, Belfort M, Saade G. (1995 October). Quantitative echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular function in critically ill obstetric patients: a comparative study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 173(4):1148-1152.
    PubMed ID: 7485309
  • Arem R, Rokey R, Kiefe C, Escalante DA, Rodriguez A. (1996 October). Cardiac systolic and diastolic function at rest and exercise in subclinical hypothyroidism: effect of thyroid hormone therapy. Thyroid. 6(5):397-402.
    PubMed ID: 8936662
  • Saad RM, Loubser PG, Rokey R. (1996 February). Intraoperative transesophageal and contrast echocardiographic detection of an unusual complication associated with a misplaced pulmonary artery catheter. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 10(2):247-250.
    PubMed ID: 8850407
  • Belfort M, Mares A, Saade G, Wen T, Rokey R. (1997 September). Two-dimensional echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound in managing obstetric patients. Obstet Gynecol. 90(3):326-330.
    PubMed ID: 9277638
  • Rokey R, Goodman JR, Belfort M. (1999). Peripartum cardiomyopathy. Marshfield Clinic Bulletin. 39 :17-27.
  • Mehta SR, Rokey R, Yusuf S. (2000 December). The Clopidogrel in Unstable angina to prevent Recurrent Events (CURE) trial programme; rationale, design and baseline characteristics including a meta-analysis of the effects of thienopyridines in vascular disease. Eur Heart J. 21(24):2033-2041.
    PubMed ID: 11102254
  • Mehta SR, Yusuf S, Peters RJ, Bertrand ME, Lewis BS, Natarajan MK,...Fox KA [including Rokey R.] (2001 August). Clopidogrel in Unstable angina to prevent Recurrent Events trial (CURE) Investigators. Effects of pretreatment with clopidogrel and aspirin followed by long-term therapy in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: the PCI-CURE study. Lancet. 358(9281):527-533.
    PubMed ID: 11520521
  • Yusuf S, Zhao F, Mehta SR, Rokey R, Chrolavicius S, Tognoni G, Fox KK. (2001 August). Clopidogrel in Unstable Angina to Prevent Recurrent Events Trial Investigators. Effects of clopidogrel in addition to aspirin in patients with acute coronary syndromes without ST-segment elevation. N Engl J Med. 345(7):494-502.
    PubMed ID: 11519503
  • Faciszewski T, Jensen RJ, Rokey R, Berg RL. (2001 March). Cardiac risk stratification of patients with symptomatic spinal stenosis. Clin Orthop. (384):110-115.
    PubMed ID: 11249155
  • Rokey R, Vick GW III. (2005 September). Masking personal health information on real-time echocardiographic images. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 18(9):970-978.
    PubMed ID: 16153524
  • Rolak LA, Rokey R. (2005 April). More about Fildes (letter). Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 68(1):53-54.
    PubMed ID: 15792088
  • Habash-Bseiso D, Rokey R, Berger CJ, Weier AW, Chyou P. (2005 May). Accuracy of noninvasive ejection fraction measurement in a large community-based clinic. Clin Med Res. 3(2):75-82.
    PubMed ID: 16012124
  • Chalasani S, Bhupathi S, Rokey R. (2007 February). The secret behind profuse bleeding following a routine skin biopsy. WMJ. 106(1):30-33.
    PubMed ID: 17393755
  • Bhupathi S, Chalasani S, Rokey R. (2011 June). Stiff Heart Syndrome. Clinical Medicine & Research. 9(2):92-9.
    PubMed ID: 20852084
  • Abrich V, Rokey R, Devadas C, Uebel J. (2014 December). Process Improvement: A Multi-Registry Database Abstraction Success Story. Journal of Registry Management. 41(4):171-4.
  • Abrich V, Rokey R, Bhupathi S, Mesa JE. (2014 December). Variability of Door-to-Device Times at a Rural Tertiary Care Center. Clinical Medicine & Research. 12(3-4):138-46.
    PubMed ID: 24667220
  • Zhong C, Rokey R, Rolak S, Mesa J. Pregnancy and transcatheter aortic valve replacement in a severely stenotic Freestyle full aortic root stentless bioprosthesis. [published online ahead of print 2019 September 4]. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv.
    PubMed ID: 31483554