William A. Zoghbi, MD, FASE, FAHA, MACC

Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
Chair, Department of Cardiology
Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


William A. Zoghbi, a renowned cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac imaging expert, has developed noninvasive heart function and valve disorder evaluation techniques. As a result, Dr. Zoghbi has overseen national and international heart valve evaluation guideline development.

He built his reputation on his ischemic heart disease, myocardial function and hibernation research, as well as his development of echocardiographic techniques to evaluate valvular dynamics and measure valvular regurgitation. Dr. Zoghbi has authored more than 300 publications and lectured at every major cardiology conference worldwide.

Dr. Zoghbi has served:

  • The American College of Cardiology (ACC); president in 2012, honored as a master in 2013 and Board of Trustee member from 2002 to 2015
  • The American Heart Association
  • The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE); president in 2008
  • The World Heart Federation; board member from 2014 to 2015 and Global Cardiovascular Disease Taskforce co-chair

Since 2008, Dr. Zoghbi’s professional activities have included:

  • Implementing the ACC’s international mission and working with many international chapters he helped build
  • Representing the ACC and the global cardiovascular community at the United Nations and World Health Organization, advocating for a 25 percent reduction of the world’s noncommunicable disease mortality rate by 2025, known as the 25 x 25 Initiative
  • Focusing on patient-centered care and spearheading the CardioSmart.org relaunch while ACC president

Dr. Zoghbi’s scholarly contributions include service as:

  • A senior editor of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Global health section editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • An editorial board member of Global Heart
  • Former associate editor of Circulation

A dedicated educator, Dr. Zoghbi has trained more than 100 cardiology fellows in advanced cardiovascular imaging. In 2004, he received the American Society of Echocardiography’s Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award.  He also co-chaired the American College of Cardiology committee responsible for a monograph advising cardiovascular imaging training best practices.

In 2005, Dr. Zoghbi joined the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group following his 20-year tenure at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was the John S. Dunn Professor of Medicine and served as Houston Methodist’s echocardiography laboratory director. In 2005, he established Houston Methodist’s Cardiovascular Imaging Institute, integrating all cardiovascular imaging modalities to enhance patient care, education and research. He became the William L. Winters Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging in 2005. In 2016, Dr. Zoghbi was appointed chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Houston Methodist and holds the Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiology, established in his honor.  

Description of Research

Dr. Zoghbi´s research focuses on cardiovascular imaging, emphasizing echocardiography. He has developed methods for evaluation of valvular function, ventricular function quantitation and myocardial viability detection in patients with ischemic ventricular dysfunction. More recently, Dr. Zoghbi has collaborated with University of Houston mathematicians and led his laboratory’s efforts to better understand cardiac valve structure and function and improve quantitation of artificial valve function using in vitro modeling and multimodality imaging.

Areas Of Expertise

Echocardiography Valvular function Ventricular function Myocardial hibernation
Education & Training

Residency, Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
Internship, University of Texas, Medical Branch
MD, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

Functional assessment of bioprosthetic mitral valves by cardiovascular magnetic resonance: An in vitro validation and comparison to Doppler echocardiography
Maragiannis, D, Jackson, MS, Autry, K, Flores Arredondo, JH, Aggeli, C, Tousoulis, D, Zoghbi, WA, Shah, DJ & Little, SH 2020, Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance : official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, vol. 22, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12968-020-00635-x

Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ramping Up Safely to a New Normal
ACC Imaging Council 2020, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1615-1626. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.06.001

Guidelines for the Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography to Assist with Surgical Decision-Making in the Operating Room: A Surgery-Based Approach: From the American Society of Echocardiography in Collaboration with the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Nicoara, A, Skubas, N, Ad, N, Finley, A, Hahn, RT, Mahmood, F, Mankad, S, Nyman, CB, Pagani, F, Porter, TR, Rehfeldt, K, Stone, M, Taylor, B, Vegas, A, Zimmerman, KG, Zoghbi, WA & Swaminathan, M 2020, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 692-734. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.echo.2020.03.002

Incremental prognostic value of echocardiography of left ventricular remodeling and diastolic function in STICH trial
Kim, KH, She, L, Lee, KL, Dabrowski, R, Grayburn, PA, Rajda, M, Prior, DL, Desvigne-Nickens, P, Zoghbi, WA, Senni, M, Stefanelli, G, Beghi, C, Huynh, T, Velazquez, EJ, Oh, JK & Lin, G 2020, Cardiovascular Ultrasound, vol. 18, no. 1, 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12947-020-00195-1

Cardiovascular Imaging Through the Prism of Modern Metrics
Choi, AD, Geske, JB, Lopez-Mattei, JC, Parwani, P, Wang, DD, Winchester, DE, Sengupta, PP, Zoghbi, WA, Shaw, LJ, Chandrashekhar, YS & Blankstein, R 2020, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1256-1269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.03.003

Relationship of extracellular volume assessed on cardiac magnetic resonance and serum cardiac troponins and natriuretic peptides with heart failure outcomes
Yang, EY, Khan, MA, Graviss, EA, Nguyen, DT, Bhimaraj, A, Nambi, V, Hoogeveen, RC, Ballantyne, CM, Zoghbi, WA & Shah, DJ 2019, , Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 20168. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-56213-4

Prognostic Implications of Diffuse Interstitial Fibrosis in Asymptomatic Primary Mitral Regurgitation
Kitkungvan, D, Yang, EY, El Tallawi, KC, Nagueh, S, Nabi, F, Khan, MA, Nguyen, DT, Graviss, EA, Lawrie, GM, Zoghbi, WA, Bonow, RO, Quiñones, MA & Shah, DJ 2019, Circulation, vol. 140, no. 25, pp. 2122-2124. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.043250

Myocardial Extracellular Volume Fraction Adds Prognostic Information Beyond Myocardial Replacement Fibrosis
Yang, EY, Ghosn, MG, Khan, MA, Gramze, NL, Brunner, G, Nabi, F, Nambi, V, Nagueh, SF, Nguyen, DT, Graviss, EA, Schelbert, EB, Ballantyne, CM, Zoghbi, WA & Shah, DJ 2019, Circulation. Cardiovascular imaging, vol. 12, no. 12, pp. e009535. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.119.009535

Variation and Disparities in Awareness of Myocardial Infarction Symptoms Among Adults in the United States
Mahajan, S, Valero-Elizondo, J, Khera, R, Desai, NR, Blankstein, R, Blaha, MJ, Virani, SS, Kash, BA, Zoghbi, WA, Krumholz, HM & Nasir, K 2019, , JAMA Network Open, vol. 2, no. 12, pp. e1917885. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.17885

Core Competencies in Echocardiography for Imaging Structural Heart Disease Interventions: An Expert Consensus Statement
Hahn, RT, Mahmood, F, Kodali, S, Lang, R, Monaghan, M, Gillam, LD, Swaminathan, M, Bonow, RO, von Bardeleben, RS, Bax, JJ, Grayburn, P, Zoghbi, WA, Sengupta, PP, Chandrashekhar, Y & Little, SH 2019, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 12, no. 12, pp. 2560-2570. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2019.10.008

Auditing the Auditor: The March of Science and the Need to Refresh Guidelines
Marwick, TH & Zoghbi, WA 2019, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 12, no. 11P1, pp. 2139-2140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2019.01.029

Should Left Atrial Size Influence the Decision to Intervene in Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation?
Zoghbi, WA 2019, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 74, no. 7, pp. 871-873. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2019.06.033

Global Longitudinal Shortening: A Positive Step Towards Reducing Confusion Surrounding Global Longitudinal Strain
Flachskampf, FA, Blankstein, R, Grayburn, PA, Kramer, CM, Kwong, RYK, Marwick, TH, Nagel, E, Sengupta, PP, Zoghbi, WA & Chandrashekhar, Y 2019, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 12, no. 8P1, pp. 1566-1567. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2019.03.032

Snoopy's Heart: A Case of Complete Congenital Absence of the Pericardium
Vosko, I, Zhan, Y, Nabi, F & Zoghbi, WA 2019, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 226-227. https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-15-3-226

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Percutaneous Valve Repair or Replacement: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography Developed in Collaboration with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Japanese Society of Echocardiography, and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Zoghbi, WA, Asch, FM, Bruce, C, Gillam, LD, Grayburn, PA, Hahn, RT, Inglessis, I, Islam, AM, Lerakis, S, Little, SH, Siegel, RJ, Skubas, N, Slesnick, TC, Stewart, WJ, Thavendiranathan, P, Weissman, NJ, Yasukochi, S & Zimmerman, KG 2019, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 431-475. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.echo.2019.01.003

Imaging Assessment of Tricuspid Regurgitation Severity
Hahn, RT, Thomas, JD, Khalique, OK, Cavalcante, JL, Praz, F & Zoghbi, WA 2019, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 469-490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2018.07.033

Myocardial Fibrosis in Patients With Primary Mitral Regurgitation With and Without Prolapse
Kitkungvan, D, Nabi, F, Kim, RJ, Bonow, RO, Khan, MA, Xu, J, Little, SH, Quinones, MA, Lawrie, GM, Zoghbi, WA & Shah, DJ 2018, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 72, no. 8, pp. 823-834. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2018.06.048

Left Main Coronary Trunk Compression by a Severely Enlarged Pulmonary Artery: Noninvasive and Invasive Assessment
Beg, F, Barker, CM & Zoghbi, WA 2018, , JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcin.2018.08.025

Handheld Echocardiography: Current State and Future Perspectives
Chamsi-Pasha, MA, Sengupta, PP & Zoghbi, WA 2017, , Circulation, vol. 136, no. 22, pp. 2178-2188. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.026622

Travel bans and threats to US health care - Our hearts are at stake
Kalra, A, Shah, PK & Zoghbi, WA 2017, JAMA Cardiology, vol 2, no. 4, pp. 351-352. DOI: 10.1001/jamacardio.2017.0834