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Future Focus: Interviews with experts about the future of cardiovascular computed tomography

In-depth conversations with the world's top pioneers and practitioners of cardiovascular CT. Conducted by members the the FiRST Committee , these interviews aim to give insight on the technology, industry and vocation of CCT.


Future Focus with Dustin Thomas, MD, FSCCT | Parkview Physician Group Cardiology, Fort Wayne, IN

Host: Alexander van Rosendael, MD; Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Drs. Thomas and van Rosendael discuss reimbursement for cardiovascular CT.



Future Focus with Koen Nieman, MD, PhD |Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Host: Admir Dedic MD, PhD; Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Drs. Niemen and Dedic discuss the role of cardiovascular CT in era of high sensitivity troponins.



Future Focus with Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, FSCCT  | Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

Host: Vasvi Singh, MD; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Drs. Shaw and Singh discuss the key advances in cardiovascular medicine that have impacted atherosclerosis in women.



Future Focus with Michael J. Blaha, MD, MPH | Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Host: Praveen Ranganath, MD; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Drs. Blaha and Ranganath discuss if coronary calcium score is the most powerful tool available for risk stratification in preventative cardiology. 



Future Focus with Ron Blankstein MD, MBA, FSCCT | Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Host: Nidhi Madan, MD, MPH; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Drs. Blankstein and Madan discuss building a career in cardiovascular CT.



Future Focus with Brian B. Ghoshhajra, MD, MBA, FSCCT | Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Host: Prashant Nagpal, MD; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Drs. Ghoshhajra and Nagpal discuss the impact of a cardiovascular CT program in evaluation of chest pain for ER (Emergency room) patients and upcoming advances in the field of cardiac CT. 



Future Focus with James K. Min, MD, FSCCT | Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Host: Sumit Gupta, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, PhD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA


Drs. Min and Gupta discuss the expanding role of cardiovascular CT in preventive cardiology and its utility in plaque imaging, influence of machine learning on cardiac imaging and the pivotal role played by FiRST for early career cardiovascular imagers.

Future Focus with Jonathon A. Leipsic, MD, FSCCT; University of British Columbia I Vancouver, Canada

Host: Nidhi Madan, MD, MPH; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Drs. Leipsic and Madan discuss the expanding role and indications of cardiovascular CT in the current era of structural heart disease interventions.



Future Focus with Suhny Abbara, MD, FSCCT; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | Dallas, TX

Host: Nidhi Madan, MD, MPH; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Drs. Abbara and Madan discuss the exciting advancements in the field of cardiovascular CT beyond the assessment of cardiovascular anatomy.