Faisal Nabi, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Assistant Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Nabi is a cardiologist at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has special interests in preventative and general cardiology, stress testing, cardiac CT, and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Nabi is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Description of Research

Dr. Nabi´s current research is studying optimal risk stratification of emergency room patients using artery calcium scoring, CT angiography, and nuclear cardiology. Resulting data from these studies will be used to develop accurate and cost effective imaging algorithms for triaging relatively low risk patients with chest pain.

Areas Of Expertise

Calcium scoring CT angiography Nuclear cardiology
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship , University of Oklahoma
Residency , Baylor College of Medicine
MD , Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine

Imaging to Diagnose and Manage Patients in Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction
Nagueh, SF , Chang, SM , Nabi, F , Shah, DJ & Estep, JD 2017, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 10, no. 4, e005615. DOI:

Coronary artery calcium score as a predictor for incident stroke: Systematic review and meta-analysis
Chaikriangkrai, K, Jhun, HY, Palamaner Subash Shantha, G, Bin Abdulhak, A, Sigurdsson, G, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ & Chang, SM 2017, International Journal of Cardiology. DOI:

Prognostic Value of Coronary Artery Calcium Score in Acute Chest Pain Patients Without Known Coronary Artery Disease: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Chaikriangkrai, K, Palamaner Subash Shantha, G, Jhun, HY, Ungprasert, P, Sigurdsson, G, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ & Chang, SM 2016, Annals of Emergency Medicine, vol 68, no. 6, pp. 659-670. DOI:

Rationale and Design of the CREDENCE Trial: Computed TomogRaphic evaluation of atherosclerotic DEtermiNants of myocardial IsChEmia
Rizvi, A, Hartaigh, B, Knaapen, P, Leipsic, J, Shaw, LJ, Andreini, D, Pontone, G, Raman, S, Khan, MA, Ridner, M, Nabi, F, Gimelli, A, Jang, J, Cole, J, Nakazato, R, Zarins, C, Han, D, Lee, JH, Szymonifika, J, Gomez, MJ, Truong, QA, Chang, HJ, Lin, FY & Min, JK 2016, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, vol 16, no. 1, 190. DOI:

Contained Rupture of Ventricular Wall And Ventricular Septal Defect In the Same Patient Following Myocardial Infarction
Gramze, NL, Yang, EY, Nabi, F & Shah, D 2016, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 122. DOI:

Optimizing evaluation of patients with low-to-intermediate-risk acute chest pain: A randomized study comparing stress myocardial perfusion tomography incorporating stress-only imaging versus cardiac CT
Nabi, F, Kassi, M, Muhyieddeen, K, Chang, SM, Xu, J, Peterson, L, Wray, N, Shirkey, B, Ashton, C & Mahmarian, J 2016, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, vol 57, no. 3, pp. 378-384. DOI:

Clinical Utility of Multidetector Computed Tomography in Redo Valve Procedures
Chaikriangkrai, K, Maragiannis, D, Belousova, T, Little, S, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, J & Chang, SM 2016, Journal of Cardiac Surgery, pp. 139-46. DOI:

Association of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction with subclinical coronary atherosclerotic disease burden using coronary artery calcium scoring
Maragiannis, D, Schutt, RC, Gramze, NL, Chaikriangkrai, K, McGregor, K, Chin, K, Nabi, F, Little, SH, Nagueh, SF & Chang, SM 2015, Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis, vol 22, no. 12, pp. 1278-1286. DOI:

Additive prognostic value of coronary artery calcium score and renal function in patients with acute chest pain without known coronary artery disease: up to 5-year follow-up
Chaikriangkrai, K, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ & Chang, SM 2015, International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 31, no. 8, pp. 1619-1626. DOI:

Prevalence and implications of subclinical coronary artery disease in patients with atrial fibrillation
Chaikriangkrai, K, Valderrabano, M, Bala, SK, Alchalabi, S, Graviss, EA, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, J & Chang, SM 2015, American Journal of Cardiology, vol 116, no. 8, pp. 1219-1223. DOI:

Abstract 491: Detection of Subclinical Coronary Artery Disease by Calcium Score in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Potential Clinical Implications
Chaikriangkrai, K, Valderrabano, M, Khaleel Bala, S, Alchalabi, S, Graviss, E, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, J & Chang, SM 2015, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, vol 35, no. Suppl 1, pp. A491.

Detection of LA and LAA Thrombus by CMR in Patients Referred for Pulmonary Vein Isolation
Kitkungvan, D, Nabi, F, Ghosn, MG, Dave, AS, Quinones, M, Zoghbi, WA, Valderrabano, M & Shah, DJ 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. DOI:

Value of CACS compared with ETT and myocardial perfusion imaging for predicting long-term cardiac outcome in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients at low risk for coronary disease: Clinical implications in a multimodality imaging world
Chang, SM , Nabi, F , Xu, J , Pratt, CM, Mahmarian, AC, Frias, ME & Mahmarian, JJ 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 8, no. 2, pp. 134-144. DOI:

Nuclear cardiology: 2014 innovations and developments
Mahmarian, JJ, Chang, S & Nabi, F 2015, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 163-71. DOI:

MDCT assessment of mechanical circulatory support device complications
Vivo, RP, Kassi, M, Estep, JD, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Orrego, CM, Loebe, M, Bruckner, BA, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ, Zoghbi, WA & Chang, SM 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 100-102. DOI:

Additive Prognostic Value of Coronary Artery Calcium Score Over Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography Stenosis Assessment in Symptomatic Patients Without Known Coronary Artery Disease
Chaikriangkrai, K, Velankar, P, Schutt, R, Alchalabi, S, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, J & Chang, SM 2014, American Journal of Cardiology. DOI:

Regadenoson provides perfusion results comparable to adenosine in heterogeneous patient populations: A quantitative analysis from the ADVANCE MPI trials
Mahmarian, JJ , Peterson, LE , Xu, J, Cerqueira, MD, Iskandrian, AE, Bateman, TM, Thomas, GS & Nabi, F 2014, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. DOI:

Important advances in technology and unique applications to cardiovascular computed tomography
Chaikriangkrai, K, Choi, SY, Nabi, F & Chang, SM 2014, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 152-158. DOI:

Museum of TMH multimodality imaging center: ruptured sinus of valsalva aneurysm with an odd presentation
Le, D, El-Beheary, M, Estep, J, Nabi, F & Shah, D 2014, Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 129.

Museum of TMH multimodality imaging center: cardiac amyloidosis
Le, D, Zaid, R, Cruz, JDE, Nabi, F & Little, S 2014, Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 130.