FSCCT Featured Members
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FSCCT Featured Members

Fellowship is the most distinguished designation that SCCT offers and we are proud of the ongoing contributions by our members in preventing cardiovascular diseases through research, education, and patient care.

To celebrate our FSCCT Members and their impact, every Friday SCCT will feature a different FSCCT Member! See the full list of FSCCT Featured Members below and click to learn more about each member.

Michael D. Shapiro, DO, FSCCT

Dr. Michael D. Shapiro is the Director of the Cardiac MR CT Program, as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Shapiro received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and graduated as Valedictorian with his Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine from Rowan University. He completed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, and completed his fellowship in the cardiology department at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, and the cardiovascular imaging department of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston.

Dr. Michael D Shapiro is specializes in cardiology with a focus on preventive cardiology, lipidology, cardiovascular imaging, cardiovascular rehabilitation and metabolic syndrome. He has been involved with many clinical trials and grants, including holding the role of Principal Investigator on the recent PROspective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain (PROMISE) Trial. Dr. Shapiro has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, editorials and review articles, and has contributed to five book chapters and over 45 abstracts.

He is currently an Associate Editor and reviewer for the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and serves on the SCCT Young Investigator Award Committee. In the past, Dr. Shapiro has held many SCCT Committee positions such as Chairman of the Membership and Cardiology Committees. He has also held positions on the SCCT Education Committee, SCCT Nominations Committee and the SCCT Publications and Guidelines Committee.


Damini Dey, PhD, FSCCT

Dr. Damini Dey is a research scientist at the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an Associate Professor in residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She currently serves on several SCCT Committees, including the Best Abstract and Abstract Grading Committees. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular CT and has served as faculty and chair at SCCT Annual Scientific Meetings.

Dr. Dey received her PhD in medical physics at the University of Calgary, Canada and was a postdoctoral fellow in computer modeling and image-guided neurosurgery at the John P. Robarts Research Institute, London, Canada.

Her areas of interest include quantitative CT imaging, atherosclerotic plaque and epicardial adipose tissue as imaging biomarkers to identify cardiovascular risk, as well as reduction of the radiation burden in cardiovascular CT without compromising diagnosis. Her current research focuses on automated derivation of imaging biomarkers from cardiac images and machine learning integration of these measures and the application of these tools to solve key clinical problems. For more information on Dr. Dey, visit her department website or publications link.


Ahmad M. Slim, MD. FSCCT

Dr. Ahmad Slim is a founding member of Advanced Imaging Solutions consulting firm and is currently at the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute. As an expert in the field of cardiovascular imaging, he sits on the SCCT Guidelines and Membership Committees.

Dr. Slim completed his internal medicine training in St John's Hospital and Medical Center before he volunteered to join the US Army where he subsequently completed his cardiovascular fellowship and advanced imaging training. During his deployment overseas, he was featured in several articles such as ACP Internist October 2011 issue "Medical Missions in Iraq Help Train Next Generation of Doctors" and Internal Medicine News August 2011 Issue 2 "A Military MD Mentors Young Iraqi Physicians." Dr. Slim has served in the US Army for over a decade as the Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging and Cardiovascular Research in the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

His scientific work has also been featured in media such as his article "Availability of Cardiac CT Streamlines Cath Lab Use, Lowers Costs" which was featured in Theheart.org in 2013. The Department of Defense has recognized his significant contributions to innovation with three military health system awards for his work with preventive cardiology, patient safety and the most efficient, radiation dose saving and cost effective CT protocol.

Dr. Slim is an avid researcher who participated in major clinical trials and was awarded many grants for his independent research in lipid metabolism and imaging. He has co-authored 2 chapters, a book, and over 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 15 teaching modules for cardiology specialty societies. Dr. Slim also holds a patent for his design "Torque for Incrementally Advancing a Catheter during Right Heart Catheterization" (US 20130102888 A1).


David H. Forst, MD, FSCCT

Dr. David H. Forst is the Health System Director, Clinical Operations in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beaumont Health System, as well as the President of Medical Staff at Beaumont Hospital, Troy. Dr. Forst has previously served on the SCCT Accreditation and Certification Committee and as a session chair for SCCT Annual Scientific Meetings. With over 42 years of experience, Dr. Forst is an expert in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography.

Dr. Forst received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and competed his Residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Internal Medicine and his Fellowship at the University of North Texas Houston-Affiliated Hospitals in Cardiology.

Within the Beaumont Health System, Dr. Forst has held many committee positions and currently holds positons on the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, the Patient Care and Quality Committee, the Credentials and Qualifications Committee, the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence Committee, the Beaumont Executive Committee, and the Cardiology Medication Management Committee.

Dr. Forst also served as a professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and has been a principle and subinvestigator on many research studies. He is the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award for Beaumont Hospital, Troy, and the winner of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Society of Echocardiography.


Mona Bhatia, MD, FSCCT

International Regional Committee, India Chair Dr. Mona Bhatia is the Head of Radiology and Imaging at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, India. She has 25 years of international experience in non-invasive cardiovascular imagining in private and teaching institutions across the world including India, UK, UAE, Turkey, Switzerland, and USA.

Dr. Bhatia received her degree from the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. She has extensively authored and presented papers, publications, and chapters and is a reviewer for international journals. Dr. Bhatia was the Course Director for the International CTA Academy and Course and has served as an SCCT faculty member and chair, as well as volunteering as a member of the SCCT Education Committee.

Dr. Bhatia has been involved in various multi-center trials on coronary CT, TAVI assessment, cardiac MRI, and stem cell therapy. She is also part of the team creating Standard Operating Procedures for Radiology and Imaging in the Fortis Health Care Group of Hospitals and a member of team reviewing policies and procedural guidelines and Clinical Audit in Clinical Radiology, Radionuclide and Oncology Departments for the Ministry of Health, U.A.E.

Her areas of interest include calcium scoring, coronary assessment, stents evaluation, myocardial perfusion, TAVI evaluation, and cardiovascular MRI. Dr. Bhatia is passionate about driving high standards of cardiac imaging in India and she has mentored numerous young doctors and technicians interested in cardiac imaging.


Jonathon A. Leipsic, MD, FSCCT

SCCT President Jonathon A. Leipsic, MD, FSCCT is the Chairman of the Department of Radiology for Providence Health Care and the Vice Chairman of Research for the University of British Columbia Department of Radiology and holds a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cardiac Imaging. Dr. Leipsic is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Cardiology with the University of British Columbia. Dr. Leipsic received his medical degree from and completed his Radiology Residency at the University of Manitoba and was a Cardiopulmonary Imaging Fellow at Duke University Medical Center. His interests include prognosis and FFRCT as well CT to guide minimally invasive valve intervention.

Dr. Leipsic has over 270 peer reviewed manuscripts in press or in print, over 200 scientific abstracts, and served as editor of two textbooks. Dr. Leipsic speaks internationally on a number of cardiovascular imaging subjects, with over 120 invited lectures in the last four years. He currently holds editor roles with five journals and reviewer roles with 16 publications, including the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

He will be speaking at the TAVR Structural Heart Hands-On Training Course on May 7-8, 2016 in Foster City, California as well as at SCCT2016 on June 23-26, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, teaching the Structural Heart TAVR Workshop and the Mitral Valve-in-Valve TAVR Workshop.


Dustin M. Thomas, MD, MAJ, MC, USA , FSCCT

Dustin M. Thomas, MD, MAJ, MC, USA , FSCCT is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and the Director of Cardiac CT Imaging at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Thomas is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Thomas graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2008. He completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and completed his fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center. He has served as faculty at many local and national scientific meetings.

Dr. Thomas is a Chair of the SCCT FiRST Committee and is also a reviewer for the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is serving as the Co-Director of the upcoming SCCT and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology program Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT for Fellows-in-Training on April 1, 2016, Chicago, IL prior to ACC16. Dr. Thomas will be speaking on Non-Coronary Cardiovascular CT.


Edward Nicol, MD(Res), MBA, FSCCT

SCCT2016 Program Co-Chair and United Kingdom IRC Committee Member Edward Nicol, MD(Res), MBA, FSCCT is a general cardiologist and acute medicine physician. He is currently a Consultant Advisor in Medicine and a Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician for the for the Royal Air Force, as well as an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, UK.

Dr. Nicol graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1998 and completed his Doctorate in cardiovascular CT at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Dr. Nicol has a special interest in cardiovascular imaging, specifically cardiovascular and coronary CT. As a Wing Commander and Royal Air Force Medical Officer, Dr. Nicol also has a special interest in aviation cardiology. He works for the Royal Air Force and also works closely with the Civil Aviation Authority, treating both civilian and military patients.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Nicol has published over 80 academic papers in the fields of cardiovascular CT, clinical cardiology, and healthcare leadership. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at both Imperial College London and Keele University—where he completed his MBA and teaches regularly.

Dr. Nicol was a coauthor on the recently published guidelines Computed Tomography Imaging in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease Part I: Rationale and Utility. An Expert Consensus Document of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and Computed Tomography Imaging in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease, Part 2: Technical Recommendations. An Expert Consensus Document of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT).


Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, FSCCT

SCCT President‐Elect, Dr. Leslee Shaw is a Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She is a leading cardiovascular outcomes researcher whose major focus is clinical diagnosis and management of stable ischemic heart disease.

Dr. Shaw's areas of research interest include test accuracy, risk assessment, prognosis, clinical outcome evaluation, and cost effectiveness with a particular emphasis on the role of diagnostic testing in special populations including gender and ethnic differences in risk detection. She has published more than 450 publications and presented more than 300 abstracts in major scientific meetings in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Dr. Shaw is among the top 1% of clinical researchers who have the most highly cited publications in clinical medicine over the past decade (awarded by Thomson Reuters). Based on her scientific contributions, Dr. Shaw was recognized with the Simon Dack Award for academic excellence from the American College of Cardiology in 2009. In 2013, she received the Women's Day Red Dress Award for her scientific contributions to women's health. She is a member of the Emory University MilliPub Club (awarded for a publication that is cited ≥1,000 times) and received the Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award, Emory University's highest research award, in 2014. In 2015, Dr. Shaw received Emory University School of Medicine's highest award – the Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award.

Dr. Shaw is also the Program Chair for SCCT2016, the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.


Michael Winkler, MD, FSCCT

Dr. Winkler is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and a faculty member of the Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Winkler received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center.

His areas of interest include CT imaging of atherosclerosis, and pre- and postoperative CT imaging support for endovascular procedures and surgeries. His research efforts relate to venous access for cardiovascular CT and cardiovascular imaging education.

Dr. Winkler recently led a Webinar, Optimizing Vascular CT Protocols, with Karsten D. Colwell, BA, RT(R/CT/MR/ARRT), and was an Invited Faculty member at SCCT2014 and SCCT2015.


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