Seamus Paul Whelton, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Director of the Advanced Subclinical Atherosclerosis Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Aortic Stenosis, Aortic Valve Calcification, Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Cardiovascular Risk Stratification, Chest Pain, Clinical Cardiology, Coronary Artery Disease, Dyslipidemia and Hypertension, General Internal Medicine, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), High Cholesterol, Ischemic Heart Disease, Lipid Disorders, Preventive Cardiology, Stress Testing more


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Dr. Seamus Whelton MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology and member of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. His primary clinical and research expertise includes the pathogenesis, risk prediction, prevention, and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on the identification of coronary artery calcium via cardiac CT scanning. He is Director of the Advanced Subclinical Atherosclerosis Clinic, which focuses on the treatment of patients with incidentally discovered coronary artery calcium detected by CT imaging.

He is also an expert on the pathogenesis, epidemiology, and risk factors for aortic valve calcification. He has led pioneering research to describe the use aortic valve calcification to predict the risk of aortic stenosis.

Dr. Whelton has published more than 125 peer reviewed manuscripts, multiple book chapters, and has been an invited lecturer at both national and international conferences. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Leadership Council. He has been the Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association.

Dr. Whelton received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University. He then completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine followed by his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and then completed a fellowship in Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before joining the Cardiology Faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2017. more


  • Director of the Advanced Subclinical Atherosclerosis Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Tulane University School of Medicine (2008)


  • Internal Medicine; Tulane University Hospital and Clinics (2011)


  • Cardiology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2017)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease) (2016)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Dzaye O, Al Rifai MA, Dardari Z, Shaw LJ, Al-Mallah MH, Handy Marshall C, Rozanski A, Mortensen MB, Duebegen M, Matshushita K, Rumberger JA, Berman DS, Budoff MJ, Miedema MD, Nasir K, Blaha MJ, Whelton SP. Coronary artery calcium as a synergistic tool for the age and sex specific risk of cardiovascular and cancer mortality: The CAC Consortium. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2020. 21;9(8) e015306

Whelton SP, McEvoy JW, Shaw L, Psaty BM, Lima JAC, Budoff M, Nasir K, Szklo M, Blumenthal RS, Blaha MJ. Association of normal systolic blood pressure with cardiovascular disease in the absence of risk factors. JAMA Cardiology. 2020. 5(9) 1011-18

Razavi AC, Kelly TN, Budoff MJ, Bazzano LA, He J, Fernandez C, Lima JAC, Nasir K, Blumenthal RS, Blaha MJ, Whelton SP. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events among statin eligible individuals with and without long-term healthy arterial aging. Atherosclerosis. 2021. 326: 56-62

Boakye, E Dardari Z, Obisesan OH, Osei AD, Wang FH, Honda Y, Dzaye O, Osuki N, Carr JJ, Howard-Claudio CM, Wagenknecht L, Konety S, Coresh J, Matsushita K, Blaha MJ, Whelton SP. Sex-and Race-Specific Burden of Aortic Valve Calcification Among Older Adults Without Overt Coronary Heart Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Atherosclerosis. 2022. 2022. 355:68-75

Whelton SP*, Jha K, Dardari Z, Razavi AC, Boakye E, Dzaye O, Verghese D, Shah S, Budoff MJ, Matsushita K, Carr JJ, Vasan RS, Blumenthal RS, Anchouche K, Thanassoulis G, Guo X, Rotter JI, McClellan EL, Post WS, Blaha MJ. Prevalence of aortic valve calcium measured via cardiac computed tomography and the long-term risk of incident severe aortic stenosis: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2024. 17 (1) 31–42

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Johns Hopkins Cardiac CT Practicum

Activities & Honors


  • Dean’s Scholarship Award, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2003
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Eta Chapter, 2004
  • Stanley L. Blumenthal Cardiology Research Award, First Prize Clinical/Translational Research Oral Presentation, 2016
  • Stanley L. Blumenthal Cardiology Research Award finalist, 2017
  • Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography (SCCT) SOAR Award finalist, 2017
  • PJ Schafer Memorial Cardiovascular Research Award recipient, 2017
  • Best Poster Award, 68th Annual American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions, 2019 - 2019

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Sex and ethnicity specific burden of coronary artery calcium among middle-aged and older adults: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
    Lecture, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Boston, MA (virtual) (11/13/2021)
  • Dedicated coronary artery calcium score versus noncardiac CT versus coronary CTA: limitations and advantages
    Lecture, Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography 17th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (07/18/2022)
  • Multiple Risk Factors and Zero Coronary Artery Calcium: Is a Statin Needed for Management
    Lecture, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions (11/06/2022)
  • Coronary artery calcium: Prevalence and significance
    Lecture, Jordan Hospital Cardiovascular Academy Symposium, Amman, Jordan (virtual) (04/08/2021)
  • Hypertension in Older Persons: Yes to Intensive Treatment
    Lecture, American College of Cardiology Asia 2022 Together with Korean Society of Cardiology Spring Conference, Seoul, Korea (virtual) (04/15/2022)
  • Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prediction in the age of precision medicine: Is coronary artery Calcium the only thing we need to measure?
    Lecture, 26th Annual Panamanian Society of Cardiology-Interamerican Society of Cardiovascular Joint Scientific Sessions, Panama City, Panama (10/01/2022)
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