Armin Arbab-Zadeh, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Director, Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, German


Angina, Atherosclerosis, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Cardiovascular Disease, Chest Pain, Coronary Artery Disease, Critical Care Medicine, CT Angiography, Dyslipidemia, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), High Cholesterol, Preventive Cardiology, Thoracic Imaging more

Research Interests

Coronary/cardiac imaging; Coronary risk prediction; New approaches to identify patients at risk for suffering heart attacks; Cardiac Computed Tomography; Prevention of Cardiac Events; Coronary circulation and disease more

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Dr. Zadeh is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Computed Tomography in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. After attending medical school in Germany and completing internships in medicine and surgery in Germany and Britain, he spent several years in cardiovascular research at the University of California at San Diego to study coronary artery disease using intravascular ultrasound. He then completed his postgraduate training in Philadelphia and Dallas to join the cardiology faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a CT imaging fellowship in 2005.

Dr. Zadeh directs the CT coronary angiography core laboratory for the CorE-320 multicenter trial and is member of its steering committee. He is also co-director of the SCCT Board Review Course and editor of the SCCT Board Review Preparation Book.

Dr. Zadeh's particular clinical and investigational focus is the pursuit of strategies to better identify patients at risk for future cardiac events using cardiac imaging. He reviews manuscripts for numerous scientific journals, including JACC, JACCimaging, JCCT, AJR, Heart, AJC, and is an author of articles in Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine, JACC, AHJ, and others. more


  • Director, Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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  • MD; Internal Medicine; Heinrich Heine University (1992)


  • Emergency Medicine; Glasgow Royal Infirmary (1995)
  • Internal Medicine; Graduate Hospital (2001)


  • Cardiology; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (2005)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease) (2005)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2001)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Coronary Atherosclerosis; Coronary Artery Disease; Cardiac Computed Tomography

Selected Publications

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Arbab-Zadeh A, Dijk E, Prasad A, Torres P, Fu Q, Zhang R, Thomas J, Palmer DM, Levine BD.  Effect of aging and physical activity on left ventricular compliance.  Circulation 2004;10:1799-1805.


Miller JM, Rochitte C, Dewey M, Arbab-Zadeh A, Niinuma H, Gottlieb I, Paul N, Clouse M, Shapiro E, Hoe J, Lardo AC, Bush D, de Roos A, Cox C, Brinker J, Lima JAC.Coronary artery evaluation using 64-row multidetector computed tomography angiography (CORE-64): results of a multicenter, international trial to assess diagnostic accuracy compared with conventional coronary angiography. New England Journal of Medicine 2008;359:2324-2336.

Arbab-Zadeh A, Texter J, Ostbye KM, Kitagawa K, Brinker J, George RT,  Miller JH, Trost JC, Lange RA, Lima JAC, Lardo AC. Quantification of lumen stenoses with known dimensions by conventional angiography and computed tomography: implications for the use of angiography as a gold standard. Heart 2010;96:1358-1363.

Arbab-Zadeh A and Hoe J. Quantification of coronary arterial stenoses by multi-detector computed tomography and correlation with conventional angiography: methods, caveats, and implications. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging 2011;4:191-202.


Godoy G, Vavere AL, Miller JM, Niinuma H, Lemos P, Paul N, Hoe J, Clouse ME, Ramos CD, Lima JAC, Arbab-Zadeh A. Quantitative coronary arterial stenosis assessment by Multidetector Computed Tomography and Invasive Coronary Angiography for Identifying Patients with Myocardial Perfusion Abnormalities. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology 2012;19:922-30.

Arbab-Zadeh A, Miller JM, Rochitte C, Dewey M, Niinuma H, Gottlieb I, Paul N, Clouse M, Shapiro E, Hoe J, Lardo AC, Bush D, de Roos A, Cox C, Brinker J, Lima JAC.Diagnostic accuracy of CT coronary angiography according to coronary arterial calcification and pretest probability of coronary artery disease:The CORE-64 International, Multicenter Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2012;59:379-87.

Sharma A and Arbab-Zadeh A. Assessment of coronary heart disease by CT angiography: Current and evolving applications. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology 2012;19:796-806.

Arbab-Zadeh A. Stress testing and noninvasive coronary angiography in patients with suspected coronary artery disease: time for a new paradigm. Heart International 2012;7(1) e2:4-13.

Arbab-Zadeh A, Nakano M, Virmani R, Fuster V. Acute coronary events. Circulation    2012;125(9):1147-56.

Yan R, Miller JM, Rochitte C, Dewey M, Niinuma H, Clouse ME, Vavere AL, Brinker J, Lima JAC, Arbab-Zadeh A. Predictors of inaccurate coronary arterial stenosis assessment by CT angiography. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging 2013 Sep;6(9):963-72.


Tanami Y, Miller JM, Vavere AL, Rochitte C, Dewey M, Niinuma H, Clouse ME, Cox C, Brinker J, Lima J, Arbab-Zadeh A. Nuclear stress perfusion imaging vs. ct coronary angiography for identifying patients with obstructive coronary artery disease as defined by conventional angiography: insights from the core-64 multicenter study. Heart International 2014; 9(1): 1 – 6.

Cerci R, VavereAL, Miller JM, Yoneyama K, Ninuma H, Dewey M, Rochitte C, Clouse ME, Laham R, Hoe J, Lardo AC, Cox C, Lima JA, Arbab-Zadeh A. Patterns of coronary arterial lesion calcification by a novel, cross-sectional CT angiographic assessment. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging 2013 Oct;29(7):1619-27.

Rochitte CE, George RT, Chen MY, Arbab-Zadeh A, Dewey M, Miller JM, Niinuma H, Yoshioka K, Kitagawa K, Nakamori S, Laham R, Vavere AL, Cerci R, Mehra V, Nomura C, Kofoed KF, Jinzaki M, Kuribayashi S, De Roos A, Laule M, Swee Yaw T, Hoe J, Paul N, Rybicki FJ, Brinker J, Arai A, Cox C, Clouse ME, Di Carli MF, Lima JA. Computed tomography angiography and perfusion to assess coronary artery stenosis causing perfusion defects by SPECT: The CORE320 Study. European Heart Journal 2014;35:1120-30.

Arbab-Zadeh A, Perhonen M, Howden E, Peshock RM, Zhang R, Adams-Huet B, Haykowsky MJ, Levine BD. Cardiac Remodeling in Response to 1 Year of Intensive Endurance Training. Circulation. 2014 Dec 9;130(24):2152-61.

Arbab-Zadeh A and Fuster V. The Myth of the Vulnerable Plaque.Transitioning from a focus on individual lesions to atherosclerotic plaque burden for coronary artery disease management. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2015;65:846-55.


Tanami Y, Jinzaki M, Kishi S, Matheson M, Vavere AL, Rochitte CE, Dewey M, Chen MY, Clouse ME, Cox C, Kuribayashi S, Lima JA, Arbab-Zadeh A. Lack of association between epicardial fat volume and extent of coronary artery calcification, severity of coronary artery disease, or presence of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in a diverse, symptomatic patient population: results from the CORE320 multicenter study. Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging. 2015 Mar;8(3):e002676.

Arbab-Zadeh A. What imaging characteristics determine risk of myocardial infarction and cardiac death? Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging 2015 Feb;8(2):e003081.

Rahsepar AA and Arbab-Zadeh A. Stress Testing vs. CT Coronary Angiography for Evaluating Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease: Review and Expert Recommendations.  Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports 2015.

Arbab-Zadeh A, Carli MF, Cerci R, George RT, Chen MY, Dewey M, Niinuma H, Vavere AL, Betoko A, Plotkin M, Cox C, Clouse ME, Arai AE, Rochitte CE, Lima JA, Brinker J, Miller JM. Accuracy of CT Angiography and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease. Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging 2015.

Arbab-Zadeh A. What does it take to retire invasive angiography. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging  2016.


Achenbach S, Arbab-Zadeh A, Cury R, Poon M, Weigold WG, editors. Cardiovascular CT Board Preparation by the SCCT. Society of Cardiovascular CT; 2012.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Cardiac CT Practicum - The Total Experience (
    Johns Hopkins University

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins University
  • Finalist, National Cardiology Fellow Forum of Excellence
  • Young Investigator Award, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association,
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Internal Medicine
  • Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Professional Activities

  • Co-Director, Society of Cardiovascular CT
  • Director, The CorE-320 Multicenter Study
  • Guideline Writing Committee, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
  • Steering Committee, The CorE-320 Multicenter Study

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