Zahi A. Fayad, PhD, serves as professor of Radiology and Medicine (Cardiology) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the director of the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute; director and founder of the Eva and Morris Feld Imaging Science Laboratories; and director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Fayad's interdisciplinary- and discipline-bridging research - from engineering to biology and from pre-clinical to clinical investigations - has been dedicated to the detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease with many seminal contributions in the field of biomedical imaging. Dr. Fayad is one of the world's leaders in the innovative development and use of multimodality cardiovascular imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET), as well as molecular imaging and nanomedicine to study, prevent, and treat cardiovascular disease. His focus in the past 14 years at Mount Sinai has been on the noninvasive assessment and understanding of atherosclerosis (Sanz and Fayad. Nature. 2008;451:953-957). He holds 12 United States and worldwide patents in the field of imaging and has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, 50 book chapters, and over 400 meeting presentations. Recently, he published in the Lancet (Sept 13, 2011 online) the results of the dal-PLAQUE multicenter clinical trial evaluating atherosclerotic with MRI and FDG-PET and the efficacy and safety of dalcetrapib, a first-in-class CETP modulator. He currently is the principal investigator of 4 federal grants funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and National institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, with a recent large award from NHLBI to support the Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology. In addition, he serves as principal investigator of the Imaging Core of the Mount Sinai National Institute of Health (NIH)/Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). Dr. Fayad had been trained at the Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1996 to 1997, he was junior faculty in the Department of Radiology and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1997, he joined the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Fayad is past-deputy editor of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM), past-president of the Society of Atherosclerosis and Prevention (SAIP), fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), where he served on the National Research Committee and on the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI). He also is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where he served on the Cardiovascular Collaborative Imaging (CCI) Committee. He is member of the NIH's National Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Cardiovascular Strategic Planning Working Group on Vascular Disease and Hypertension and is a member of the Foundation of the NIH (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium. Dr. Fayad is associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Imaging (JACC Imaging) and consulting editor for Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB). Dr. Fayad is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), Nature Reviews Cardiology, Atherosclerosis, and Cancer Nanotechnology. He often serves as guest editor for several prestigious journals in the fields of imaging, vascular biology, cardiology, and radiology. He participates regularly in the AHA/ACC writing groups. He is a member of the Medical Imaging (MEDI) study section and ad-hoc member on numerous other study sections, including those from NIH and the National Academy of Science. He is a member of the New York University Program in Computational Biology. He is a past member of the board of trustees of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) and he is also a past member of the Scientific Program Committee of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). He also serves on the boards of several national and international scientific boards, committees, and foundations. Dr. Fayad is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards. In 2007, he was given the John Paul II Medal from Krakow, Poland, in recognition for the potential of his work on humankind.
As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Fayad also has been extremely successful. He has trained over 30 postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and students. His trainees have received major awards, fellowships, and positions in academia and industry. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the ISMRM for his teaching on cardiovascular imaging and molecular imaging. Recently, in 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in Nanomedicine at Aarhus University in Denmark.