Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine


Luis Celestino Afonso, MD - 2016 College Teaching Award Recipient
Professor, Clinical Educator
Full Time
Medical Fellow/Resident/Student Instruction

Harper University Hospital
3990 John R
4 Hudson, Room 4909
Detroit, MI 48201


Dr. Afonso received his medical degree from Goa Medical College in Bombay, India (1980-1984), which is also where he began his internship and residency (1986-1993). His residency was subsequently completed in Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center (1993-1996). He then went through a Geriatric Fellowship training (1996-1997), and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases (1997-2000) at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center.

Current Academic and Professional Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University
  • Program Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, Wayne State University
  • Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Harper University Hospital
  • Attending Physician, Wayne State University Physician Group, Division of Cardiology
  • Physician, Division of Cardiology, Detroit Medical Center: includes Harper University Hospital
  • Karmanos Cancer Center, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Professional Organization Memberships/Involvements:

  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • Steering Committee Michigan Society of Echocardiography
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association

Board Certifications

  • National Board of Echocardiography
  • American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • American Board of Geriatric Diseases
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Recent research focus has centered around novel markers of cardiovascular risk including homocysteine, red cell distribution width, microalbuminuria and cystatin-C, application of a multi biomarker approach to risk stratification and reclassification. Other research interests have been in the realm of novel echo modalities including 3D and strain imaging and their applications. Our laboratory has recently been involved with developing a novel spectral Doppler-based index for quantification of mitral regurgitation.

Clinical Interests
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Risk
  • Novel Biomarkers
  • Novel Echo Imaging Modalities
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease