Zahi A Fayad

Zahi A Fayad, PhD

  • DIRECTOR TRANSLATIONAL AND MOLECULAR IMAGING INSTITUTE
  • PROFESSOR | Radiology
  • PROFESSOR | Medicine, Cardiology

Research Topics:

Atherosclerosis, Cardiovascular, Computed Tomography, Image Analysis, Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nanotechnology

Dr. Fayad serves as professor of Radiology and Medicine (Cardiology) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the founding Director of the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute; Vice chair for Research, Department of Radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Fayad’s interdisciplinary and discipline bridging research - from engineering to biology and from pre-clinical to clinical investigations - has been dedicated to the detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease with many seminal contributions in the field of multimodality biomedical imaging (MR, CT, PET and PET/MR) and nanomedicine. His work has recently expanded in understanding the effect of stress on the immune system and cardiovascular disease. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications (h-index of 71 accessed 01/02/2017 on Thomson Reuters Web of Science), 50 book chapters, and over 500 meeting presentations. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of 5 federal grants (4 R01s and 1 P01) funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and National institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. He is also PI on three NIH sub-contracts with UCSD, Columbia and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, he serves as Principal Investigator of the Imaging Core of the Mount Sinai National Institute of Health (NIH)/Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). He is a PI of one of the 3 projects in the Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Center grant funded by the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote cardiovascular health among high-risk New York City children, and their parents, living in Harlem and the Bronx. Moreover, he currently leads four pharmaceutically funded multicenter clinical trials for the evaluation of novel cardiovascular drugs. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Imaging (JACC Imaging), Section Editor for Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and Consulting Editor for Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) and past associate Editor of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM). In 2013, he became a Charter Member, NIH Center of Scientific Review, Clinical Molecular Imaging and Probe Development Study Section. In 2015, he chaired the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) PARCC program at the HEGP in Paris. Dr. Fayad had his engineering trainings at Bradley University (BS, Electrical Engineering ’89), the Johns Hopkins University (MS, Biomedical Engineering ‘91) and at the University of Pennsylvania (PhD. Bioengineering ’96). From 1996 to 1997 he was junior faculty in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1997 he joined the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fayad is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards. In 2007 he was given the John Paul II Medal from Krakow, Poland in recognition for the potential of his work on humankind. As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Fayad has been also extremely successful. He has trained over 100 postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and students. His trainees have received major awards, fellowships, and positions in academia and industry. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for his teaching on cardiovascular imaging and molecular imaging. In 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in Nanomedicine at Aarhus University in Denmark. Recently, he was one of opening speakers at the 2011 97th Scientific Assembly and Scientific meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). In 2012, he was invited to give the Henry I Russek Lecture at the 45th Anniversary of the ACCF New York Cardiovascular Symposium. In 2013, he was elected Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance In Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, received a Distinguished Reviewer from Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and was selected as an Academy of Radiology Research, Distinguished Investigator In 2014 he received the Centurion Society award from his alma matter (highest award) Bradley University for his bringing national and international credit to his alma matter. In 2014, he received the Editor’s Recognition Award, from the Journal Radiology. In 2015, he was the Dr. Joseph Dvorkin Memorial Lecturer at the Cardiac Research Day of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. In 2015, he became the Mount Sinai Endowed Professor in Medical Imaging and Bioengineering. The Mount Sinai Professorships were established in 2007 by the Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees to honor the achievements and contributions of some of Icahn School of Medicine’s most outstanding faculty. A total of eight Mount Sinai Professorships have been awarded to date in Alzheimer’s Research, Diabetes and Aging, Gene Medicine, Medical Imaging and Bioengineering, Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Research, Psychiatric Genomics, and Structural Biology. In 2016, he was the Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar lecturer at the Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research in Toronto. He is married to Monique P. Fayad, MBA and is the proud father of Chloé (15 year old) and Christophe (10 year old) and after spending seven years in Manhattan now lives in Larchmont, runs in Central Park and participates regularly in New York Road Runners races. He also enjoys regular sailing and stand-up board paddling in Larchmont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, the Caribbean Islands and beyond. He also practices all type of daily fitness regimens that include strength, cardiovascular, core, flexibility and high intensity interval trainings for fun.

Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas

Biophysics and Systems Pharmacology [BSP], Clinical Research Education Program [CLR]

Education

BSEE, Bradley University

MSE, Johns Hopkins University

PhD, University of Pennsylvania