Ik-Kyung Jang, M.D.

Physician Investigator (Cl)
Cardiovascular Research Center, Mass General Research Institute
Allan and Gill Gray Professor of Medicine in the Field of Cardiology
Harvard Medical School
Medicine-Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
MD KyungHee University 1980
acute myocardial infarction; angioplasty balloon; anticoagulants; coronary; coronary artery disease; coronary plaques; coronary vessels; drug-eluting stents; heparin; interventional cardiology; intravascular imaging; pipecolic acids; plaque atherosclerotic; subclinical thrombosis; sudden cardiac death; thrombin; thrombocytopenia; tomography optical coherence; ultrasonography interventional Dr. Jang's research focus has evolved from the pathogenesis and improved management of acute myocardial infarction to the prevention of acute coronary syndromes and sudden cardiac death. His research contributions include:
  • Demonstrating the crucial role of platelets in the sensitivity of the thrombus to thrombolysis. His work provides the groundwork for future research of platelet inhibition therapy for acute coronary syndromes
  • Demonstrating the role of thrombin in thrombosis and thrombolysis, and validating the thrombin hypothesis
  • Organizing and conducting the international, multicenter clinical studies as a principal investigator to improve the treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction
  • Pioneering a new field of detection of vulnerable coronary plaques using optical coherence tomography (OCT)
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