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Nasir named recipient of the 2020 Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award

Wednesday, May 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Audrey Gentry
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Arlington, Va. (May 20, 2020) — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) will present Khurram Nasir, MD, FSCCT, with the 2020 Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award at the SCCT 15th Annual Scientific Virtual Meeting on July 17. The award recognizes individuals whose pioneering efforts have saved lives from coronary artery disease — the leading cause of death worldwide.

“It is our pleasure to present this award to Dr. Nasir, Chief of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Wellness at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Centerwhose pioneering work and extensive contributions have advanced our understanding of atherosclerosis imaging and cardiovascular disease prevention.  Dr. Nasir's work led to the concept “power of zero”, where more precise understanding of risk can be used in shared decision-making between clinicians and their patients leveraging coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing.   Dr. Nasir’s research has also advanced our understanding of system-based prevention efforts and value of care.  His work on the impact of absence of CAC was highly influential in shaping the recent cholesterol and prevention guidelines, and has made a lasting impact in the field,” says SCCT President Ron Blankstein, MD, MSCCT. “We recognize his leadership, dedication to patient care, and commitment to mentoring others which has been demonstrated throughout Dr. Nasir’s notable career. We’re honored to recognize him for these achievements.”

Dr. Nasir’s area of expertise in preventive cardiology involves the use of atherosclerosis imaging to identify both high-risk and low-risk individuals.  His research helps to identify the at-risk population so that treatments may be targeted to them, while recognizing that some lower risk individuals can defer treatment as they are unlikely to develop heart disease.

Dr. Nasir received postdoctoral training in preventive cardiology in the division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a year of internal medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a recipient of an NIH training award for the cardiac imaging training program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He completed his internal medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center, followed by cardiology fellowship at Yale University. He continues to collaborate with colleagues at those institutions on their multidisciplinary approach of early cardiovascular prevention strategies. Dr. Nasir has more than 600 peer-reviewed articles to his credit published in top journals.

The Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award is named in honor of a visionary and pioneer in the field of noninvasive cardiac imaging and one of the world’s leading preventive cardiologists.