Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD

Beverly B. and Daniel C. Arnold Distinguished Chair, Department of Cardiology
Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Biography

Dr. Mouaz Al-Mallah received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.  He completed his training at Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is the director of cardiovascular PET at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and the Associate Director of Nuclear Cardiology. He is also the treasurer of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC).

Dr. Al-Mallah recently started the cardiac PET service at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.  This service utilizes the most recent digital PET and performs multiple PET procedures including PET for myocardial perfusion imaging, viability, assessment of inflammatory cardiomyopathy, detection of cardiac infections and cardiac devices related infections as well as vascular graft infections.

He is a member of several American and European cardiovascular councils, while serving as an Associate Editor of Atherosclerosis and Cochrane reviews.  He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and European Heart Journal -Cardiovascular Imaging.

Dr Al-Mallah received many local and international awards including Francis N. Fernandez Fellowship Award, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center award in 2011, Best Teacher award from Henry Ford Hospital, Elite Reviewer for the year 2013 for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Journals, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center senior researcher award in 2016 and in 2019 was recipient of Best Teacher award from Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.  Many of his trainees have established academic careers and received multiple research awards while working under his supervision.

Description of Research

Dr. Al-Mallah’s research is focused on the prognostic value of advanced cardiac imaging procedures and its impact on risk prediction, patient management and outcomes.  He published on the prognostic value of cardiac CT, cardiac PET and nuclear cardiology as well as coronary calcium score. Dr. Al-Mallah has more than 300 published publications and book chapters and received multiple grants from various funding agencies.

Publications

Coronary computed tomography angiography and single-photon emission computerized tomography in chronic total occlusions: the Rosetta Stone for PCI planning?
Alahdab, F, Ahmed, AI & Al-Mallah, M 2023, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-022-03157-4

Splenic switch-off in regadenoson 82Rb-PET myocardial perfusion imaging: assessment of clinical utility.
Saad, JM, Ahmed, AI, Han, Y, El Nihum, LI, Alahdab, F, Nabi, F & Al-Mallah, MH 2023, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-022-03158-3

SNMMI/ACR/ASNC/SCMR Joint Credentialing Statement for Cardiac PET/MRI: Endorsed by the American Heart Association
Ruddy, TD, Al-Mallah, M, Arrighi, JA, Bois, JP, Bluemke, DA, Di Carli, MF, Dilsizian, V, Gropler, RJ, Jadvar, H, Malhotra, S, Pelletier-Galarneau, M, Schindler, TH, Woodard, PK & Chareonthaitawee, P 2023, , Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 149-152. https://doi.org/10.2967/jnumed.122.264200

Sex differences in machine learning computed tomography-derived fractional flow reserve
Al Rifai, M, Ahmed, AI, Han, Y, Saad, JM, Alnabelsi, T, Nabi, F, Chang, SM, Cocker, M, Schwemmer, C, Ramirez-Giraldo, JC, Zoghbi, WA, Mahmarian, JJ & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , Scientific Reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 13861. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-17875-9

Coronary Microvascular Health in Patients With Prior COVID-19 Infection
Ahmed, AI, Saad, JM, Han, Y, Alahdab, F, Malahfji, M, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ, Cooke, JP, Zoghbi, WA & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 12, pp. 2153-2155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2022.07.006

Prognostic value of exercise capacity in incident diabetes: a country with high prevalence of diabetes
Jamiel, AA, Ardah, HI, Ahmed, AM & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , BMC Endocrine Disorders, vol. 22, no. 1, 297. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12902-022-01174-5

Clinical utility of coronary artery computed tomography angiography- What we know and What's new?
Al Rifai, M, Ahmed, AI, Alahdab, F & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2022.10.013

Clinical utility of coronary artery computed tomography angiography- What we know and What's new?
Al Rifai, M, Ahmed, AI, Alahdab, F & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, vol. 75, pp. 12-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2022.10.013

Relation of Exercise Capacity to Incident Heart Failure Among Men and Women With Coronary Heart Disease (from the Henry Ford Exercise Testing [FIT] Project)
Gorgis, S, Ehrman, JK, Blaha, MJ, Qureshi, WT, Keteyian, SJ, Al-Mallah, MH & Brawner, CA 2022, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 181, pp. 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2022.07.016

The Prognostic Value of CAC Zero Among Individuals Presenting With Chest Pain: A Meta-Analysis
Agha, AM, Pacor, J, Grandhi, GR, Mszar, R, Khan, SU, Parikh, R, Agrawal, T, Burt, J, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Shaw, LJ, Al-Mallah, MH, Brackett, A, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Miller, EJ & Nasir, K 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. 1745-1757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2022.03.031

Coronary CTA With AI-QCT Interpretation: Comparison With Myocardial Perfusion Imaging for Detection of Obstructive Stenosis Using Invasive Angiography as Reference Standard
Lipkin, I, Telluri, A, Kim, Y, Sidahmed, A, Krepp, JM, Choi, BG, Jonas, R, Marques, H, Chang, HJ, Choi, JH, Doh, JH, Her, AY, Koo, BK, Nam, CW, Park, HB, Shin, SH, Cole, J, Gimelli, A, Akram, M, Lu, B, Gao, Y, Nabi, F, Nakazato, R, Schoepf, UJ, Driessen, RS, Bom, MJ, Jang, JJ, Ridner, M, Rowan, C, Avelar, E, Genereux, P, Knaapen, P, De Waard, GA, Pontone, G, Andreini, D, Al-Mallah, MH, Crabtree, TR, Earls, JP, Choi, AD & Min, JK 2022, , American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 219, no. 3, pp. 407-419. https://doi.org/10.2214/AJR.21.27289

Prognostic significance of plaque location in non-obstructive coronary artery disease: from the CONFIRM registry
Han, D, Chen, B, Gransar, H, Achenbach, S, Al-Mallah, MH, Budoff, MJ, Cademartiri, F, Maffei, E, Callister, TQ, Chinnaiyan, K, Chow, BJW, DeLago, A, Hadamitzky, M, Hausleiter, J, Kaufmann, PA, Villines, TC, Kim, YJ, Leipsic, J, Feuchtner, G, Cury, RC, Pontone, G, Andreini, D, Marques, H, Rubinshtein, R, Chang, HJ, Lin, FY, Shaw, LJ, Min, JK & Berman, DS 2022, , European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 23, no. 9, pp. 1240-1247. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjci/jeab223

SNMMI/ACR/ASNC/SCMR Joint Credentialing Statement for Cardiac PET/MRI: Endorsed by the American Heart Association
Ruddy, TD, Al-Mallah, M, Arrighi, JA, Bois, JP, Bluemke, DA, Di Carli, MF, Dilsizian, V, Gropler, RJ, Jadvar, H, Malhotra, S, Pelletier-Galarneau, M, Schindler, TH, Woodard, PK & Chareonthaitawee, P 2022, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. E014576. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.122.014576

The Impact of Revascularization on Mortality: A Debate on Patient Selection Bias vs Entry Bias
Al-Mallah, MH & Dilsizian, V 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. 216-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2022.04.051

SNMMI/ACR/ASNC/SCMR joint credentialing statement for cardiac PET/MRI
Ruddy, TD, Al-Mallah, M, Arrighi, JA, Bois, JP, Bluemke, DA, Di Carli, MF, Dilsizian, V, Gropler, RJ, Jadvar, H, Malhotra, S, Pelletier-Galarneau, M, Schindler, TH, Woodard, PK & Chareonthaitawee, P 2022, , Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, vol. 24, no. 1, 43. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12968-022-00867-z

Incremental prognostic value of spect over CCTA
Javaid, A, Ahmed, AI, Han, Y, Al Rifai, M, Saad, JM, Alfawara, MS, Alahdab, F, El Nihum, L, Jimenez, Y, Newstorm, E & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , International Journal of Cardiology, vol. 358, pp. 120-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2022.04.025

Prognostic Interplay Between Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring and Cardiorespiratory FItness: The CAC-FIT Study
Ahmed, AI, Saad, JM, Han, Y, Alfawara, MS, Soliman, A, Nabi, F, Zoghbi, WA & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vol. 97, no. 7, pp. 1269-1281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2022.03.032

Evaluating coronary atherosclerosis progression among South Asians
Al Rifai, M, Ahmed, AI & Al-Mallah, MH 2022, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 353, pp. 30-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.06.1016

Characteristics, management, and outcomes of patients with left-sided infective endocarditis complicated by heart failure: a substudy of the ESC-EORP EURO-ENDO (European infective endocarditis) registry
EORP EURO-ENDO Registry Investigators Group 2022, , European Journal of Heart Failure, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 1253-1265. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.2525

Unbiased COVID-19 Pandemic With Biased Global Recovery
Al-Mallah, M & Naqvi, TZ 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 79, no. 20, pp. 2018-2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2022.03.350