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Mouaz Al-Mallah M.D.

Owing to the advancements of modern cardiovascular imaging modalities and its increasing use in clinical care, Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD was appointed at the King Abdul-Aziz Cardiac Center, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Consultant Cardiologist and Division Head of Advanced Cardiac Imaging in 2010. Within a short time frame, Dr Al-Mallah established the first dedicated Cardiac PET unit in the Middle East that routinely applied cardiac 82-Rubidium PET for the assessment of myocardial perfusion and flow reserve in the detection and characterization of the coronary artery disease process. Since 2011, more than 3,200 cardiac PET procedures have been performed. In addition, he is overseeing the construction of the largest dedicated cardiac imaging center, including Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, Cardiac CT and Cardiac MRI, in the region that is expected to open in the second quarter of 2015. This will be the main hub for large enterprise of clinical, research and educational activities that will service not only the needs of the city of Riyadh, but the entire kingdom and gulf region.

Dr Mouaz Al-Mallah received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his training in the USA at Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr Al-Mallah is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and at King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Research wise, Dr. Al-Mallah focused on the prognostic value of advanced cardiac imaging procedures and its impact on risk prediction, patient management and outcomes. He published on the prognostic value of cardiac CT, nuclear cardiology as well as coronary calcium score. In addition, he is the principal investigator of the FIT project, the largest study of physical fitness to date. It included nearly 70,000 patients with up to 22 years follow-up and is expected to answer many clinically relevant questions related to exercise capacity and prognosis. Dr Al-Mallah has more than 125 published original publications and received multiple grants.

He is a member of several American and European cardiovascular councils, while serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiac CT and as a member of the Editorial Board of JACC, JACC- and EHJ-cardiovascular imaging. Dr Al-Mallah received many local and international awards including Francis N. Fernandez Fellowship Award, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center award in 2011, Best teacher award and Elite Reviewer for the year 2013 for the JACC Journals. In addition, many of his trainees have established academic careers and received multiple research awards while working under his supervision.

At a more personal level, he is a kind, caring, and compassionate colleague. His pioneer and seminal achievements in the field of cardiovascular imaging, brilliance as an organizer, and thought leader are expected to foster cardiovascular care and research in the gulf region, while reaching out to the European Society of Cardiology.