Luminary Expertise for Analysis of Cardiovascular Imaging

Medical Metrics' partnership with the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center (MDHVC) provides sponsors with access to experts and thought-leaders in cardiovascular imaging. The MDHCV clinical trial team includes vascular and cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and electrophysiologists who provide imaging protocol consultation and independent image review for clinical trials. For trials with multiple imaging modalities, the depth and diversity of our experts allows sponsors to choose a single core lab for the analysis of all study images.

Recognized as a premier research institution, the MDHVC currently participates in over 180 clinical trials and is responsible for developing advanced surgical techniques and therapies that are now considered standard of care. In addition, physicians at MDHVC have pioneered many of the imaging modalities currently used in cardiovascular medicine such as nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and cardiac Doppler. They have also developed novel quantitative methods for image analysis that are applied routinely in clinical research studies.

Leadership and Faculty Directors

Our leadership team of imaging experts and MDHVC faculty include:

Alan Lumsden, M.D, ChB, RVT, FACS  (Medical Director - Aortic & Peripheral)

  • Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, The Methodist Hospital
  • Medical Director of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
  • Past President of the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS)
  • Leader in endovascular surgery and treatment of PVD
  • 200+ scientific publications in leading journals

Miguel Quiñones, M.D., MACC  (Medical Director - Cardiology)

  • Chair of the Department of Cardiology, The Methodist Hospital
  • Internationally-recognized expert in cardiac ultrasound
  • Co-authored ASE 'Recommendations on the Use of Echo in Clinical Trials'
  • ASE Physician Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
  • 185+ manuscripts, 12 book chapters, 225 published abstracts

William Zoghbi, M.D., MACC, FAHA, FASE

  • Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at The Methodist Hospital
  • Former President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • Former President of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
  • Associate Editor of Circulation and JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging
  • 200+ scientific publications in leading cardiovascular journals

Neal Kleiman, M.D., FACC

  • Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, MDHVC
  • Expert in interventional cardiology, angioplasty, stenting, and CAD
  • Investigator on over 125 research studies and clinical trials
  • 325 peer-reviewed journal articles, 17 book chapters, 1 book, 150 abstracts

Sherif Nagueh, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FASE

  • Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory, MDHVC
  • Author of multiple guidance documents on echo imaging
  • Board Member, International Commission for Accreditation of Echo Labs
  • Editorial board member for Circulation, JACC Imaging, JASE, and others
  • Nearly 200 scientific articles and book chapters
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