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MDHVC's Mahmarian takes over helm of nuclear cardiology society

Houston, TX - 1/11/2012

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology's newest president, John Mahmarian, M.D., chief of Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center's Division of Nuclear Cardiology and CT Services, says he'd like to see continued improvements in the way doctors tailor diagnoses and treatments to specific patients' needs. Mahmarian's one-year term began last week.

"Our field rests on a strong foundation of clinical data showing that nuclear cardiology is a valuable tool in diagnosing cardiovascular disease and is a key aid in patient management," Mahmarian told his society. "Continuing to refine our guidelines and protocols to match the customized needs of individual patients will only improve patient care and strengthen the role of nuclear cardiology in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease."

Mahmarian has been a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) for 18 years, has served on numerous committees, and was Program Chair for ASNC's annual meeting in 2010. He is also a member of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology editorial board, a journal produced by the society.

Mahmarian is considered an expert on the use of different imaging tools to guide therapy and assess risk in stable patients who have coronary heart disease and for patients with acute chest pain syndromes. Mahmarian is also respected for his general expertise in nuclear cardiology, a subspecialty of nuclear medicine that focuses on the usefulness of radioisotopes in imaging and treating heart and vascular diseases. He recently led a multicenter study of stable patients following a myocardial infarction event, called the adenosine sestamibi SPECT post-infarction evaluation trial, or INSPIRE.

Mahmarian joined Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in 2005, and became the center's chief of nuclear cardiology and CT services shortly afterward.

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology serves 4,500 individuals in more than 50 countries. It is the only professional association dedicated to the dynamic subspecialty of nuclear cardiology.

To speak with Mahmarian, please contact David Bricker, The Methodist Hospital, at 832-627-2639 or dmbricker@tmhs.org.