Ahmed Tawakol, M.D.
Physician Investigator (Cl)
Cardiovascular Research Center, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
|MD Stanford University School of Medicine 1992
Dr. Tawakol is a pioneer in the field of PET imaging of atherosclerosis. His group provided the initial development and validation of molecular imaging as a tool to assess atherosclerotic plaque inflammation in humans. Studies by his group have focused on delineating underlying causes of atherosclerotic inflammation and identifying novel treatments for the disease. His current work also employs multi-parametric imaging to derive insights into how biologic processes across organs contribute to disease. An example of this work is the first in humans observation for the first time in humans, linking brain activity (within the amygdala, the area of the brain determining fear, stress and emotion) to subsequent cardiovascular disease events, and provided mechanistic insights into an amygdalar-hematopoietic-arterial axis.