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

PET/CT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Acquisition and Processing: Ten Tips and Tricks to Help You Succeed
Alnabelsi, T, Thakkar, A, Ahmed, AI, Han, Y & Al-Mallah, MH 2021, , Current Cardiology Reports, vol. 23, no. 5, 39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11886-021-01476-5

Comparative differences in the atherosclerotic disease burden between the epicardial coronary arteries: Quantitative plaque analysis on coronary computed tomography angiography
PARADIGM Investigators 2021, , European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 322-330. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjci/jeaa275

Comparing Risk Scores in the Prediction of Coronary and Cardiovascular Deaths: Coronary Artery Calcium Consortium
Blaha, MJ, Whelton, SP, Al Rifai, M, Dardari, Z, Shaw, LJ, Al-Mallah, MH, Matsushita, K, Rozanski, A, Rumberger, JA, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 411-421. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2019.12.010

Multi-modality imaging: Bird’s eye view from the 2020 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
AlJaroudi, WA, Pflederer, M, Andrikopoulou, E, Al-Mallah, MH & Hage, FG 2021, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-020-02506-5

Fitness and prostate cancer screening, incidence, and mortality: Results from the Henry Ford Exercise Testing (FIT) Project
Reiter-Brennan, C, Dzaye, O, Al-Mallah, MH, Dardari, Z, Brawner, CA, Lamerato, LE, Keteyian, SJ, Ehrman, JK, Blaha, MJ, Visvanathan, K & Marshall, CH 2021, , Cancer, vol. 127, no. 11, pp. 1864-1870. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.33426

Age- And sex-related features of atherosclerosis from coronary computed tomography angiography in patients prior to acute coronary syndrome: Results from the ICONIC study
Conte, E, Dwivedi, A, Mushtaq, S, Pontone, G, Lin, FY, Hollenberg, EJ, Lee, SE, Bax, J, Cademartiri, F, Chinnaiyan, K, Chow, BJW, Cury, RC, Feuchtner, G, Hadamitzky, M, Kim, YJ, Baggiano, A, Leipsic, J, Maffei, E, Marques, H, Plank, F, Raff, GL, Van Rosendael, AR, Villines, TC, Weirich, HG, AlAref, SJ, Baskaran, L, Cho, I, Danad, I, Han, D, Heo, R, Lee, JH, Stuijfzand, WJ, Gransar, H, Lu, Y, Sung, JM, Park, HB, Al-Mallah, MH, De Araújo Gonçalves, P, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Samady, H, Shaw, LJ, Stone, PH, Virmani, R, Narula, J, Min, JK, Chang, HJ & Andreini, D 2021, , European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 24-33. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjci/jeaa210

Topological Data Analysis of Coronary Plaques Demonstrates the Natural History of Coronary Atherosclerosis
Hwang, D, Kim, HJ, Lee, SP, Lim, S, Koo, BK, Kim, YJ, Kook, W, Andreini, D, Al-Mallah, MH, Budoff, MJ, Cademartiri, F, Chinnaiyan, K, Choi, JH, Conte, E, Marques, H, de Araújo Gonçalves, P, Gottlieb, I, Hadamitzky, M, Leipsic, JA, Maffei, E, Pontone, G, Raff, GL, Shin, S, Lee, BK, Chun, EJ, Sung, JM, Lee, SE, Berman, DS, Lin, FY, Virmani, R, Samady, H, Stone, PH, Narula, J, Bax, JJ, Shaw, LJ, Min, JK & Chang, HJ 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.11.009

The Relationship Between Coronary Calcification and the Natural History of Coronary Artery Disease
Jin, HY, Weir-McCall, JR, Leipsic, JA, Son, JW, Sellers, SL, Shao, M, Blanke, P, Ahmadi, A, Hadamitzky, M, Kim, YJ, Conte, E, Andreini, D, Pontone, G, Budoff, MJ, Gottlieb, I, Lee, BK, Chun, EJ, Cademartiri, F, Maffei, E, Marques, H, de Araujo Goncalves, P, Shin, S, Choi, JH, Virmani, R, Samady, H, Stone, PH, Berman, DS, Narula, J, Shaw, LJ, Bax, JJ, Chinnaiyan, K, Raff, G, Al-Mallah, MH, Lin, FY, Min, JK, Sung, JM, Lee, SE & Chang, HJ 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 233-242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.08.036

Worldwide Variation in the Use of Nuclear Cardiology Camera Technology, Reconstruction Software, and Imaging Protocols
INCAPS Investigators Group 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.11.011

Left ventricular mass on positron emission tomography: Validation against cardiovascular magnetic resonance
Malahfji, M, Ahmed, AI, Han, Y, Jung, AK, Alnabelsi, T, Nabi, F, Shah, DJ, Aljizeeri, A, Poitrasson-Rivière, A, Ficaro, E, Mahmarian, JJ & Al-Mallah, MH 2021, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-021-02537-6

Positrons, protons, and pulse waves: Multimodality characterization of newly diagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Al-Sabeq, B, Soliman, A, Chamsi-Pasha, M, Shah, DJ & Al-Mallah, M 2020, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 2412-2416. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-019-02012-3

Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging vs Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography for Diagnosis of Invasive Vessel-Specific Coronary Physiology: Predictive Modeling Results from the Computed Tomographic Evaluation of Atherosclerotic Determinants of Myocardial Ischemia (CREDENCE) Trial
Stuijfzand, WJ, Van Rosendael, AR, Lin, FY, Chang, HJ, Van Den Hoogen, IJ, Gianni, U, Choi, JH, Doh, JH, Her, AY, Koo, BK, Nam, CW, Park, HB, Shin, SH, Cole, J, Gimelli, A, Khan, MA, Lu, B, Gao, Y, Nabi, F, Nakazato, R, Schoepf, UJ, Driessen, RS, Bom, MJ, Thompson, R, Jang, JJ, Ridner, M, Rowan, C, Avelar, E, Genereux, P, Knaapen, P, De Waard, GA, Pontone, G, Andreini, D, Al-Mallah, MH, Lu, Y, Berman, DS, Narula, J, Min, JK, Bax, JJ & Shaw, LJ 2020, , JAMA Cardiology, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1338-1348. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamacardio.2020.3409

Coronary Artery Calcium and the Age-Specific Competing Risk of Cardiovascular Versus Cancer Mortality: The Coronary Artery Calcium Consortium
Whelton, SP, Rifai, MA, Marshall, CH, Dardari, Z, Shaw, LJ, Al-Mallah, MH, Rozanski, A, Mortensen, MB, Dzaye, O, Bazzano, L, Kelly, TN, Matsushita, K, Rumberger, JA, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K & Blaha, MJ 2020, , American Journal of Medicine, vol. 133, no. 10, pp. e575-e583. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.02.034

Guidance and best practices for reestablishment of non-emergent care in nuclear cardiology laboratories during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An information statement from ASNC, IAEA, and SNMMI: Endorsed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Skali, H, Murthy, VL, Paez, D, Choi, EM, Keng, FYJ, Iain, MGA, Al-Mallah, M, Campisi, R, Bateman, TM, Carrio, I, Beanlands, R, Calnon, DA, Dilsizian, V, Dondi, M, Gimelli, A, Pagnanelli, R, Polk, DM, Soman, P, Einstein, AJ, Dorbala, S & Thompson, RC 2020, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 1855-1862. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-020-02203-3

The Vulnerable Plaque: Recent Advances in Computed Tomography Imaging to Identify the Vulnerable Patient
Beg, F, Rehman, H & Al-Mallah, MH 2020, , Current Atherosclerosis Reports, vol. 22, no. 10, 58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11883-020-00879-z

Guidance and best practices for reestablishment of non-emergent care in nuclear cardiology laboratories during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An information statement from ASNC, IAEA, and SNMMI
Skali, H, Murthy, VL, Paez, D, Choi, EM, Keng, FYJ, Iain, MA, Al-Mallah, M, Campisi, R, Bateman, TM, Carrio, I, Beanlands, R, Calnon, DA, Dilsizian, V, Dondi, M, Gimelli, A, Pagnanelli, R, Polk, DM, Soman, P, Einstein, AJ, Dorbala, S & Thompson, RC 2020, , Journal of Nuclear Medicine, vol. 61, no. 10, pp. 1534-1539. https://doi.org/10.2967/jnumed.120.251355

Should patients hold proton pump inhibitors prior to 82Rubidium positron emission tomography myocardial perfusion imaging?
Al-Mallah, MH 2020, , Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 1452-1455. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-020-02072-w

Guidance and best practices for reestablishment of non-emergent care in nuclear cardiology laboratories during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An information statement from ASNC, IAEA, and SNMMI
Skali, H, Murthy, VL, Paez, D, Choi, EM, Keng, FYJ, Iain, MA, Al-Mallah, M, Campisi, R, Bateman, TM, Carrio, I, Beanlands, R, Calnon, DA, Dilsizian, V, Dondi, M, Gimelli, A, Pagnanelli, R, Polk, DM, Soman, P, Einstein, AJ, Dorbala, S & Thompson, RC 2020, , Journal of Nuclear Medicine, vol. 61, no. 10, pp. 1534-1539. https://doi.org/10.2967/jnumed.120.251355

Percent atheroma volume: Optimal variable to report whole-heart atherosclerotic plaque burden with coronary CTA, the PARADIGM study
van Rosendael, AR, Lin, FY, Ma, X, van den Hoogen, IJ, Gianni, U, Al Hussein, O, AlAref, SJ, Peña, JM, Andreini, D, Al-Mallah, MH, Budoff, MJ, Cademartiri, F, Chinnaiyan, K, Choi, JH, Conte, E, Marques, H, de Araújo Gonçalves, P, Gottlieb, I, Hadamitzky, M, Leipsic, JA, Maffei, E, Pontone, G, Raff, GL, Shin, S, Kim, YJ, Lee, BK, Chun, EJ, Sung, JM, Lee, SE, Berman, DS, Virmani, R, Samady, H, Stone, PH, Narula, J, Bax, JJ, Shaw, LJ, Min, JK & Chang, HJ 2020, , Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 400-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcct.2020.01.012

Myocarditis in Relation to Angiographic Findings in Patients With Provisional Diagnoses of MINOCA
Hausvater, A, Smilowitz, NR, Li, B, Redel-Traub, G, Quien, M, Qian, Y, Zhong, J, Nicholson, JM, Camastra, G, Bière, L, Panovský, R, Sá, M, Gerbaud, E, Selvanayagam, JB, Al-Mallah, MH, Emrich, T & Reynolds, HR 2020, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 1906-1913. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.02.037