Joao A C Lima, M.D., M.B.A.

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  • Director of Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Cardiovascular Disease, CT Angiography, Echocardiography, Emergency Medicine, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Transesophogeal Echocardiography (TEE) more

Research Interests

Left Ventricular Modeling - Heart Failure; Subclinical Atherosclerosis; Myocardial Viability; Cardiac MR; Cardiac CT more

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Dr. Joao Lima is a professor of medicine, radiology and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His pioneering work in cardiac imaging using advanced MRI, CT and echocardiography has led to noninvasive techniques for predicting cardiovascular disease and calculating its extent, as well as measuring the effectiveness of modern cardiac treatments. He holds numerous patents on devices and methods for cardiac imaging and image-guided therapies.

Dr. Lima graduated medical school at the University of Bahia, Brazil. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins and spent two years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Hopkins as a faculty member in 1992. A long-time investigator with the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), Dr. Lima is credited with more than 175 articles out of that study and nearly 575 publications over his career. He is associate editor of Journal of the American College of Cardiology and serves on the editorial board of the Italian Journal of Cardiology while reviewing for other journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lima has been invited to present his research throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. more


  • Director of Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

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  • MD; Faculdade Ciencas Medicas Minas Gerais (1977)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease) (1991)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1988)

Research & Publications


Lab Website: Lima Lab

Selected Publications

Ilan S. Wittstein; David R. Thiemann; Joao A.C. Lima; Kenneth L. Baughman; Steven P. Schulman; Gary Gerstenblith; Katherine C. Wu; Jeffrey J. Rade; Trinity J. Bivalacqua; Hunter C. Champion. Neurohumoral features of myocardial stunning due to sudden emotional stress. New England Journal of Medicine. 2005;352(6):539-548.

Katherine C. Wu; Elias A. Zerhouni; Robert M. Judd; Carlos H. Lugo-Olivieri; Lili A. Barouch; Steven P. Schulman; Roger S. Blumenthal; Joao A. C. Lima. Prognostic significance of microvascular obstruction by magnetic resonance imaging in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Circulation. 1998;97(8):765-772.

Matthew J. Budoff; Stephan Achenbach; Roger S. Blumenthal; J. Jeffrey Carr; Jonathan G. Goldin; Philip Greenland; Alan D. Guerci; Joao A.C. Lima; Daniel J. Rader; Geoffrey D. Rubin;et al. Assessment of coronary artery disease by cardiac computed tomography: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association Committee on Cardiovascular Imaging and Intervention, Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention, and Committee on Cardiac Imaging, Council on Clinical Cardiology. Circulation. 2006;114(16):1761-1791.

Brage H. Amundsen; Thomas Helle-Valle; Thor Edvardsen; Hans Torp; Jonas Crosby; Erik Lyseggen; Asbjørn Støylen; Halfdan Ihlen; Joao A.C. Lima; Otto A. Smiseth; et al. Noninvasive myocardial strain measurement by speckle tracking echocardiography: Validation against sonomicrometry and tagged magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2006;47(4):789-793.

Thomas Helle-Valle; Jonas Crosby; Thor Edvardsen; Erik Lyseggen; Brage H Amundsen; Hans-Jørgen Smith; Boaz D Rosen; Joao A C Lima; Hans Torp; Halfdan Ihlen; et al. New noninvasive method for assessment of left ventricular rotation: speckle tracking echocardiography. Circulation. 2005;112(20):3149-3156.

Raymond J. Kim; Enn-Ling Chen; Joao A. C. Lima; Robert M. Judd. Myocardial Gd-DTPA kinetics determine MRI contrast enhancement and reflect the extent and severity of myocardial injury after acute reperfused infarction. Circulation. 1996;94(12):3318-3326.

J.A.C. Lima; R.M. Judd; A. Bazille; S.P. Schulman; E. Atalar; E.A. Zerhouni. Regional heterogeneity of human myocardial infarcts demonstrated by contrast-enhanced MRI: Potential mechanisms. Circulation. 1995;92(5):1117-1125.

R.M. Judd; C.H. Lugo-Olivieri; M. Arai; T. Kondo; P. Croisille; J.A.C. Lima; V. Mohan; L.C. Becker; E.A. Zerhouni. Physiological basis of myocardial contrast enhancement in fast magnetic resonance images of 2-day-old reperfused canine infarcts. Circulation. 1995;92(7):1902-1910.

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 1993


  • American Heart Association, 1991

    Council on Circulation and Basic Science, Fellow

  • Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, 1981
  • American Society of Echocardiography, 1999
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 1994
  • Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 2003

    Board of Trustees

  • Society of Cardiovascular CT, 2005

    Executive Board - Treasurer

  • American Heart Association, 1991

    Council on Clinical Cardiology

  • American Heart Association, 1991

    Committee on Cardiac Imaging

  • American Heart Association, 1991

    Council on Cardiovascular Radiology - Fellow

  • American College of Cardiology, 1993

    Committee on Cardiovascular Imaging

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