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Dr. William Zoghbi named president of the American Society of Echocardiography

Houston, TX - 6/9/2008

Dr. William Zoghbi, director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Center at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, was elected president of the American Society of Echocardiography. He takes over the duties of leading the respected 14,000 member organization on June 9 in a ceremony in Toronto.

“We are honored to have such an outstanding national leader practicing at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center,” said Dr. Miguel Quinones, chair of the department of cardiology at The Methodist Hospital. “Dr. Zoghbi is so respected because he has driven the development of cardiac imaging to allow earlier detection and better management of heart disease. He’s also very devoted to his patients and to teaching -- he’s an exemplary physician and colleague, a true leader.”

Zoghbi, who also holds the William L. Winters Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging at Methodist, is a leader in the field of echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound. He has devised new non-invasive techniques to evaluate valve disorders and cardiac function. He has authored more than 175 original publications in the field of cardiovascular imaging and frequently speaks on these topics around the globe.

Echocardiography is a non-invasive imaging technology that enables physicians to visualize the structure and function of the heart without having to open the chest cavity or use catheters. The technique uses ultrasound to map each region of the heart and to assess overall cardiac function. It can also be used to help diagnose a variety of conditions and determine appropriate treatments for valve disease.

Zoghbi has played a major role in the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) through many educational venues and committees. He has served on the board of directors of the ASE and was chair of the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in 2005. He has also been actively involved with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association for more than two decades, most recently serving as ACC treasurer and member of the board of trustees. He is on the editorial board of The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), has served as associate editor of Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association, and is associate editor of the new journal JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging. Zoghbi has served as chair of the ACC Annual Scientific Sessions and was appointed co-chair of the ACC’s multimodality imaging task force to set guidelines for training in cardiovascular imaging in the United States.

Zoghbi received his B.S. in biology and chemistry from the American University of Beirut. He completed medical school in the U.S., then trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. During his tenure at Baylor, he was the John S. Dunn Professor of Medicine and served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and echocardiography research at The Methodist Hospital. Zoghbi joined the physicians’ organization at Methodist in 2005 and is a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

For more information on the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, see www.debakeyheartcenter.com.