Dr. Brian Gustav Kral is assistant professor in the division of cardiology and general internal medicine as well as assistant professor of radiology and radiological sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is currently engaged in research on genetic and biological mechanisms of coronary atherosclerosis with an emphasis on plaque morphology and composition at different stages of disease progression.
Dr. Kral received his undergraduate degree in economics and pre-medicine from The Johns Hopkins University. He received a master’s in public health from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He also earned a medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Kral completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He joined the Johns Hopkins community as a fellow in 2005.
Besides his teaching and clinical engagements, Dr. Kral is currently the director of outreach cardiovascular imaging at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Kral is also director of clinical studies at The Johns Hopkins GeneSTAR Research Program. The program aims to identify genetic and biological determinants of subclinical and clinical atherosclerotic disease and thrombosis in individuals with a strong family history of early-onset coronary artery disease.
He has been recognized with the Stanley L. Blumenthal Cardiology Research Award for outstanding clinical research in cardiovascular disease from The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.