Luminary Expertise for Analysis of Cardiovascular Imaging

Through partnership with Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center (MDHVC) in Houston, we provide access to leading experts in cardiovascular imaging and medicine. Our team of cardiologists and vascular surgeons provide world-class expertise on protocol development and medical image analysis for clinical trials. For trials with multiple imaging modalities, our diversity of experts allows sponsors to select a single provider for their imaging core lab needs.

A premier research center, the MDHVC has participated in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies over multiple decades. Many imaging methods, surgical techniques, and therapies that are now standard-of-care were invented at the MDHVC and/or pioneered by our experts. Building on Dr. Micheal E. DeBakey’s commitment to excellence in research and education, the MDHVC is also an epicenter of cardiovascular training, delivering state-of-the-art educational programs and live webinars on topics of contemporary interest in clinical practice.

Leadership and Medical Directors

Our team of cardiology and vascular experts includes:

Alan Lumsden, MD, ChB, RVT, FACS (Medical Director – Aortic & Peripheral)

  • Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, The Methodist Hospital
  • Medical Director, Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
  • President, International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISEVS)
  • Past President, Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS)
  • Recognized leader in endovascular surgery and treatment of PVD
  • 400+ scientific publications; hundreds of lectures internationally

Miguel QuiƱones, MD, MACC  (Medical Director – Cardiology)

  • Distinguished Centennial Chair of Cardiovascular Education, MDHVC
  • Pioneer and internationally-recognized expert in cardiac ultrasound
  • Co-author, ASE Recommendations on the Use of Echo in Clinical Trials
  • ASE Physician Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
  • 200+ manuscripts, 12 book chapters, 250 published abstracts

William Zoghbi, MD, MACC, FAHA, FASE

  • Chair, Department of Cardiology, The Methodist Hospital
  • Leading authority on evaluation of valve dynamics and disorders
  • Past President, American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • Past President, American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)
  • Senior Editor, JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging
  • 300+ peer-reviewed articles in leading journals

Sherif Nagueh, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

  • Medical Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, MDHVC
  • Author of multiple guidance documents on echocardiography
  • Board Member, Intl. Commission for Accreditation of Echo Labs
  • Editorial board member, Circulation, JACC Imaging, JASE, and others
  • 225+ scientific publication, 9 book chapters

Neal Kleiman, MD, FACC

  • Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, MDHVC
  • Expert in interventional cardiology, angioplasty, stenting, and CAD
  • Master, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • Investigator on over a hundred research studies and clinical trials
  • 460+ peer-reviewed articles, 17 book chapters, 1 text book

Albert Raizner, MD

  • Medical Director, Quantitative CV Angiography Core Lab, MDHVC
  • Executive Director, Center for Research in Cardiovascular Interventions, The Methodist Research Institute
  • Co-developer of the well-known TIMI Flow grading system
  • Master, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • 200+ peer-reviewed publications, 23 book chapters, 2 text books

These and other experts are available for consultation on clinical study design and planning. We provide guidance on eligibility criteria, outcome measures, endpoints, and success criteria. Please contact us to learn more.