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profileAhmed A. Tawakol, M.D.

TitleAssociate Professor of Medicine
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentMedicine
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Radiology, Suite 400
165 Cambridge St
Boston MA 02114
Phone617/726-0791
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The Effect of Sildenefil on Myocardial Blood Flow in Humans
Summer, 06/24/02 - 08/16/02
Identifying Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaques in Humans in vivo
Summer, 06/24/02 - 08/16/02

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R01HL122177     (TAWAKOL, AHMED A)Aug 15, 2014 - May 31, 2018
NIH/NHLBI
Effect of Low Dose Methotrexate on Arterial Inflammation in HIV
Role: Principal Investigator

K23RR016046     (TAWAKOL, AHMED A)May 1, 2002 - Apr 30, 2007
NIH/NCRR
LOWERING HOMOCYSTEINE TO REDUCE MYOCARDIAL ISCHEMIA
Role: Principal Investigator

F32HL010107     (TAWAKOL, AHMED A)Jul 1, 1999
NIH/NHLBI
HOMOCYSTEINE AND HUMAN ENDOTHELIAL FUNCTION
Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Osborn EA, Kessinger CW, Tawakol A, Jaffer FA. Metabolic and Molecular Imaging of Atherosclerosis and Venous Thromboembolism. J Nucl Med. 2017 Jun; 58(6):871-877. PMID: 28450558.
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  2. Emami H, Takx RA, Mayrhofer T, Janjua S, Park J, Pursnani A, Tawakol A, Lu MT, Ferencik M, Hoffmann U. Nonobstructive Coronary Artery Disease by Coronary CT Angiography Improves Risk Stratification and Allocation of Statin Therapy. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Mar 10. PMID: 28330658.
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  3. Tawakol A, Osborne MT, Fayad ZA. Molecular Imaging of Atheroma: Deciphering How and When to Use 18F-Sodium Fluoride and 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Mar; 10(3). PMID: 28292862.
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  4. Tawakol A, Ishai A, Li D, Takx RA, Hur S, Kaiser Y, Pampaloni M, Rupert A, Hsu D, Sereti I, Fromentin R, Chomont N, Ganz P, Deeks SG, Hsue PY. Association of Arterial and Lymph Node Inflammation With Distinct Inflammatory Pathways in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Feb 01; 2(2):163-171. PMID: 27926762.
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  5. Tawakol A, Ishai A, Takx RA, Figueroa AL, Ali A, Kaiser Y, Truong QA, Solomon CJ, Calcagno C, Mani V, Tang CY, Mulder WJ, Murrough JW, Hoffmann U, Nahrendorf M, Shin LM, Fayad ZA, Pitman RK. Relation between resting amygdalar activity and cardiovascular events: a longitudinal and cohort study. Lancet. 2017 Feb 25; 389(10071):834-845. PMID: 28088338.
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  6. Hammad B, Evans NR, Rudd JHF, Tawakol A. Molecular imaging of atherosclerosis with integrated PET imaging. J Nucl Cardiol. 2017 Jun; 24(3):938-943. PMID: 28078575.
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  7. Singh P, Emami H, Subramanian S, Maurovich-Horvat P, Marincheva-Savcheva G, Medina HM, Abdelbaky A, Alon A, Shankar SS, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA, Hoffmann U, Tawakol A. Coronary Plaque Morphology and the Anti-Inflammatory Impact of Atorvastatin: A Multicenter 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomographic/Computed Tomographic Study. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Dec; 9(12). PMID: 27956407.
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  8. Gogia S, Kaiser Y, Tawakol A. Imaging High-Risk Atherosclerotic Plaques with PET. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2016 Dec; 18(12):76. PMID: 27826911.
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  9. Joseph P, Ishai A, Mani V, Kallend D, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA, Tawakol A. Short-term changes in arterial inflammation predict long-term changes in atherosclerosis progression. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2017 Jan; 44(1):141-150. PMID: 27738728.
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  10. Tawakol A, Tardif JC. Early Detection of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy and Long-Term Risk After Heart Transplantation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Jul 26; 68(4):393-5. PMID: 27443436.
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  11. Tsigkas N, Kidambi S, Tawakol A, Chatzizisis YS. Drug-loaded particles: "Trojan horses" in the therapy of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2016 Aug; 251:528-530. PMID: 27401604.
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  12. Zanni MV, Toribio M, Robbins GK, Burdo TH, Lu MT, Ishai AE, Feldpausch MN, Martin A, Melbourne K, Triant VA, Suchindran S, Lee H, Hoffmann U, Williams KC, Tawakol A, Grinspoon SK. Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy on Immune Function and Arterial Inflammation in Treatment-Naive Patients With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Jul 01; 1(4):474-80. PMID: 27438325.
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  13. Tawakol A, Abdelhafez YG, Osama A, Hamada E, El Refaei S. Diagnostic performance of 18F-FDG PET/contrast-enhanced CT versus contrast-enhanced CT alone for post-treatment detection of ovarian malignancy. Nucl Med Commun. 2016 May; 37(5):453-60. PMID: 26745811.
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  14. Joseph P, Tawakol A. Imaging atherosclerosis with positron emission tomography. Eur Heart J. 2016 Oct 14; 37(39):2974-2980. PMID: 27125951.
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  15. Singh P, González-Ramos S, Mojena M, Rosales-Mendoza CE, Emami H, Swanson J, Morss A, Fayad ZA, Rudd JH, Gelfand J, Paz-García M, Martín-Sanz P, Boscá L, Tawakol A. GM-CSF Enhances Macrophage Glycolytic Activity In Vitro and Improves Detection of Inflammation In Vivo. J Nucl Med. 2016 Sep; 57(9):1428-35. PMID: 27081166.
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  16. Poulsen CB, Al-Mashhadi AL, von Wachenfeldt K, Bentzon JF, Nielsen LB, Al-Mashhadi RH, Thygesen J, Tolbod L, Larsen JR, Frøkiær J, Tawakol A, Vucic E, Fredrickson J, Baruch A, Frendéus B, Robertson AK, Moestrup SK, Drouet L, Falk E. Treatment with a human recombinant monoclonal IgG antibody against oxidized LDL in atherosclerosis-prone pigs reduces cathepsin S in coronary lesions. Int J Cardiol. 2016 Jul 15; 215:506-15. PMID: 27135822.
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  17. Figueroa AL, Takx RA, MacNabb MH, Abdelbaky A, Lavender ZR, Kaplan RS, Truong QA, Lo J, Ghoshhajra BB, Grinspoon SK, Hoffmann U, Tawakol A. Relationship Between Measures of Adiposity, Arterial Inflammation, and Subsequent Cardiovascular Events. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Apr; 9(4):e004043. PMID: 27072302; PMCID: PMC5036397 [Available on 04/01/17].
  18. Hsue PY, Tawakol A. Inflammation and Fibrosis in HIV: Getting to the Heart of the Matter. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Mar; 9(3):e004427. PMID: 26951604.
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  19. Tarkin JM, Dweck MR, Evans NR, Takx RA, Brown AJ, Tawakol A, Fayad ZA, Rudd JH. Imaging Atherosclerosis. Circ Res. 2016 Feb 19; 118(4):750-69. PMID: 26892971; PMCID: PMC4756468.
  20. Ali A, Tawakol A. FDG PET/CT Imaging of Carotid Atherosclerosis. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2016 Feb; 26(1):45-54. PMID: 26610659.
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  21. Takx RA, Ishai A, Truong QA, MacNabb MH, Scherrer-Crosbie M, Tawakol A. Supraclavicular Brown Adipose Tissue 18F-FDG Uptake and Cardiovascular Disease. J Nucl Med. 2016 Aug; 57(8):1221-5. PMID: 26795284.
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  22. Joshi FR, Rajani NK, Abt M, Woodward M, Bucerius J, Mani V, Tawakol A, Kallend D, Fayad ZA, Rudd JH. Does Vascular Calcification Accelerate Inflammation?: A Substudy of the dal-PLAQUE Trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Jan 05; 67(1):69-78. PMID: 26764069.
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  23. Takx RA, MacNabb MH, Emami H, Abdelbaky A, Singh P, Lavender ZR, di Carli M, Taqueti V, Foster C, Mann J, Comley RA, Weber CI, Tawakol A. Increased arterial inflammation in individuals with stage 3 chronic kidney disease. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2015 Oct 14. PMID: 26464074.
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  24. Joseph P, Ishai A, MacNabb M, Abdelbaky A, Lavender ZR, Ruskin J, Nahrendorf M, Tawakol A. Atrial fibrillation is associated with hematopoietic tissue activation and arterial inflammation. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Jan; 32(1):113-9. PMID: 26411879; PMCID: PMC4730873 [Available on 01/01/17].
  25. Ye YX, Calcagno C, Binderup T, Courties G, Keliher EJ, Wojtkiewicz GR, Iwamoto Y, Tang J, Pérez-Medina C, Mani V, Ishino S, Johnbeck CB, Knigge U, Fayad ZA, Libby P, Weissleder R, Tawakol A, Dubey S, Belanger AP, Di Carli MF, Swirski FK, Kjaer A, Mulder WJ, Nahrendorf M. Imaging Macrophage and Hematopoietic Progenitor Proliferation in Atherosclerosis. Circ Res. 2015 Oct 23; 117(10):835-45. PMID: 26394773; PMCID: PMC4619168 [Available on 10/23/16].
  26. Flynn A, Li Q, Panagia M, Abdelbaky A, MacNabb M, Samir A, Cypess AM, Weyman AE, Tawakol A, Scherrer-Crosbie M. Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound: A Novel Noninvasive, Nonionizing Method for the Detection of Brown Adipose Tissue in Humans. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2015 Oct; 28(10):1247-54. PMID: 26255029; PMCID: PMC4593741 [Available on 10/01/16].
  27. Tawakol A, Hara T, Truelove J, Wojtkiewicz GR, Hucker WJ, MacNabb MH, Brownell AL, Jokivarsi K, Kessinger CW, Jaff MR, Henke PK, Weissleder R, Jaffer FA. Response to Letter Regarding Article, "18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Enables the Detection of Recurrent Same-Site Deep Vein Thrombosis by Illuminating Recently Formed, Neutrophil-Rich Thrombus". Circulation. 2015 Jun 16; 131(24):e531-2. PMID: 26078375.
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  28. Ladeiras-Lopes R, Agewall S, Tawakol A, Staels B, Stein E, Mentz RJ, Leite-Moreira A, Zannad F, Koenig W. Atherosclerosis: Recent trials, new targets and future directions. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Aug 01; 192:72-81. PMID: 26002254.
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  29. Tawakol A, Singh P, Mojena M, Pimentel-Santillana M, Emami H, MacNabb M, Rudd JH, Narula J, Enriquez JA, Través PG, Fernández-Velasco M, Bartrons R, Martín-Sanz P, Fayad ZA, Tejedor A, Boscá L. HIF-1a and PFKFB3 Mediate a Tight Relationship Between Proinflammatory Activation and Anerobic Metabolism in Atherosclerotic Macrophages. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Jun; 35(6):1463-71. PMID: 25882065; PMCID: PMC4441599.
  30. Emami H, Vucic E, Subramanian S, Abdelbaky A, Fayad ZA, Du S, Roth E, Ballantyne CM, Mohler ER, Farkouh ME, Kim J, Farmer M, Li L, Ehlgen A, Langenickel TH, Velasquez L, Hayes W, Tawakol A. The effect of BMS-582949, a P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (P38 MAPK) inhibitor on arterial inflammation: a multicenter FDG-PET trial. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Jun; 240(2):490-6. PMID: 25913664.
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  31. Gaztanaga J, Farkouh M, Rudd JH, Brotz TM, Rosenbaum D, Mani V, Kerwin TC, Taub R, Tardif JC, Tawakol A, Fayad ZA. A phase 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the effect of VIA-2291, a 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor, on vascular inflammation in patients after an acute coronary syndrome. Atherosclerosis. 2015 May; 240(1):53-60. PMID: 25752438.
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  32. Lo J, Lu MT, Ihenachor EJ, Wei J, Looby SE, Fitch KV, Oh J, Zimmerman CO, Hwang J, Abbara S, Plutzky J, Robbins G, Tawakol A, Hoffmann U, Grinspoon SK. Effects of statin therapy on coronary artery plaque volume and high-risk plaque morphology in HIV-infected patients with subclinical atherosclerosis: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet HIV. 2015 Feb; 2(2):e52-63. PMID: 26424461; PMCID: PMC4820828.
  33. Emami H, Singh P, MacNabb M, Vucic E, Lavender Z, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA, Lehrer-Graiwer J, Korsgren M, Figueroa AL, Fredrickson J, Rubin B, Hoffmann U, Truong QA, Min JK, Baruch A, Nasir K, Nahrendorf M, Tawakol A. Splenic metabolic activity predicts risk of future cardiovascular events: demonstration of a cardiosplenic axis in humans. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Feb; 8(2):121-30. PMID: 25577441.
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  34. Tawakol A, Grinspoon SK. Imaging atherosclerotic burden and inflammation: insights into the spectrum of atherosclerotic disease in HIV. J Nucl Cardiol. 2015 Apr; 22(2):381-4. PMID: 25537613.
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  35. Abdelbaky A, Corsini E, Figueroa AL, Subramanian S, Fontanez S, Emami H, Hoffmann U, Narula J, Tawakol A. Early aortic valve inflammation precedes calcification: a longitudinal FDG-PET/CT study. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Feb; 238(2):165-72. PMID: 25525744.
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  36. Emami H, Tawakol A. Noninvasive imaging of arterial inflammation using FDG-PET/CT. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2014 Dec; 25(6):431-7. PMID: 25340479.
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  37. Zakroysky P, Thai WE, Deaño RC, Basnet S, Onandia ZG, Gandhi S, Tawakol A, Min JK, Truong QA. Steroid exposure, acute coronary syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease: insights into the inflammatory milieu. Am J Med. 2015 Mar; 128(3):303-11. PMID: 25446295; PMCID: PMC4339468.
  38. Lehrer-Graiwer J, Singh P, Abdelbaky A, Vucic E, Korsgren M, Baruch A, Fredrickson J, van Bruggen N, Tang MT, Frendeus B, Rudd JH, Hsieh F, Ballantyne CM, Ghoshhajra B, Rosenson RS, Koren M, Roth EM, Duprez DA, Fayad ZA, Tawakol AA. FDG-PET imaging for oxidized LDL in stable atherosclerotic disease: a phase II study of safety, tolerability, and anti-inflammatory activity. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Apr; 8(4):493-4. PMID: 25457756.
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  39. van Wijk DF, Sjouke B, Figueroa A, Emami H, van der Valk FM, MacNabb MH, Hemphill LC, Schulte DM, Koopman MG, Lobatto ME, Verberne HJ, Fayad ZA, Kastelein JJ, Mulder WJ, Hovingh GK, Tawakol A, Stroes ES. Nonpharmacological lipoprotein apheresis reduces arterial inflammation in familial hypercholesterolemia. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Oct 07; 64(14):1418-26. PMID: 25277610.
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  40. Emami H, Vijayakumar J, Subramanian S, Vucic E, Singh P, MacNabb MH, Corsini E, Hoffmann U, Bathon JM, Solomon DH, Tawakol A. Arterial 18F-FDG uptake in rheumatoid arthritis correlates with synovial activity. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Sep; 7(9):959-60. PMID: 25212803.
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  41. Hara T, Truelove J, Tawakol A, Wojtkiewicz GR, Hucker WJ, MacNabb MH, Brownell AL, Jokivarsi K, Kessinger CW, Jaff MR, Henke PK, Weissleder R, Jaffer FA. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography enables the detection of recurrent same-site deep vein thrombosis by illuminating recently formed, neutrophil-rich thrombus. Circulation. 2014 Sep 23; 130(13):1044-52. PMID: 25070665; PMCID: PMC4174982.
  42. Tawakol A, Lo J, Zanni MV, Marmarelis E, Ihenachor EJ, MacNabb M, Wai B, Hoffmann U, Abbara S, Grinspoon S. Increased arterial inflammation relates to high-risk coronary plaque morphology in HIV-infected patients. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Jun 01; 66(2):164-71. PMID: 24828267; PMCID: PMC4023912.
  43. Tawakol A, Emami H, Farkouh M, Fayad ZA, Fifer K, Rudd JH, Subramanian S, Van Dyke T. Reply: is it not timely to consider how to balance cardiorenometabolic benefits and risks of statins? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Jul 01; 63(25 Pt A):2881. PMID: 24794123.
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  44. Tardif JC, Ballantyne CM, Barter P, Dasseux JL, Fayad ZA, Guertin MC, Kastelein JJ, Keyserling C, Klepp H, Koenig W, L'Allier PL, Lespérance J, Lüscher TF, Paolini JF, Tawakol A, Waters DD. Effects of the high-density lipoprotein mimetic agent CER-001 on coronary atherosclerosis in patients with acute coronary syndromes: a randomized trial. Eur Heart J. 2014 Dec 07; 35(46):3277-86. PMID: 24780501; PMCID: PMC4258222.
  45. Mani V, Woodward M, Samber D, Bucerius J, Tawakol A, Kallend D, Rudd JH, Abt M, Fayad ZA. Predictors of change in carotid atherosclerotic plaque inflammation and burden as measured by 18-FDG-PET and MRI, respectively, in the dal-PLAQUE study. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Mar; 30(3):571-82. PMID: 24458953; PMCID: PMC4112486.
  46. Tahara N, Mukherjee J, de Haas HJ, Petrov AD, Tawakol A, Haider N, Tahara A, Constantinescu CC, Zhou J, Boersma HH, Imaizumi T, Nakano M, Finn A, Fayad Z, Virmani R, Fuster V, Bosca L, Narula J. 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-mannose positron emission tomography imaging in atherosclerosis. Nat Med. 2014 Feb; 20(2):215-9. PMID: 24412923.
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  47. Bucerius J, Mani V, Moncrieff C, Machac J, Fuster V, Farkouh ME, Tawakol A, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA. Optimizing 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging of vessel wall inflammation: the impact of 18F-FDG circulation time, injected dose, uptake parameters, and fasting blood glucose levels. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2014 Feb; 41(2):369-83. PMID: 24271038; PMCID: PMC4024166.
  48. Figueroa AL, Abdelbaky A, Truong QA, Corsini E, MacNabb MH, Lavender ZR, Lawler MA, Grinspoon SK, Brady TJ, Nasir K, Hoffmann U, Tawakol A. Measurement of arterial activity on routine FDG PET/CT images improves prediction of risk of future CV events. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Dec; 6(12):1250-9. PMID: 24269261.
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  49. Duivenvoorden R, Mani V, Woodward M, Kallend D, Suchankova G, Fuster V, Rudd JH, Tawakol A, Farkouh ME, Fayad ZA. Relationship of serum inflammatory biomarkers with plaque inflammation assessed by FDG PET/CT: the dal-PLAQUE study. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Oct; 6(10):1087-94. PMID: 24135322; PMCID: PMC3831277.
  50. Subramanian S, Emami H, Vucic E, Singh P, Vijayakumar J, Fifer KM, Alon A, Shankar SS, Farkouh M, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA, Van Dyke TE, Tawakol A. High-dose atorvastatin reduces periodontal inflammation: a novel pleiotropic effect of statins. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Dec 24; 62(25):2382-91. PMID: 24070911.
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  51. Tawakol A, Singh P, Rudd JH, Soffer J, Cai G, Vucic E, Brannan SP, Tarka EA, Shaddinger BC, Sarov-Blat L, Matthews P, Subramanian S, Farkouh M, Fayad ZA. Effect of treatment for 12 weeks with rilapladib, a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 inhibitor, on arterial inflammation as assessed with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography imaging. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Jan 7-14; 63(1):86-8. PMID: 23973698.
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  52. Calcagno C, Ramachandran S, Izquierdo-Garcia D, Mani V, Millon A, Rosenbaum D, Tawakol A, Woodward M, Bucerius J, Moshier E, Godbold J, Kallend D, Farkouh ME, Fuster V, Rudd JH, Fayad ZA. The complementary roles of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT for imaging of carotid atherosclerosis. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2013 Dec; 40(12):1884-93. PMID: 23942908; PMCID: PMC3823642.
  53. Abdelbaky A, Corsini E, Figueroa AL, Fontanez S, Subramanian S, Ferencik M, Brady TJ, Hoffmann U, Tawakol A. Focal arterial inflammation precedes subsequent calcification in the same location: a longitudinal FDG-PET/CT study. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Sep; 6(5):747-54. PMID: 23833282.
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  54. Pursnani A, Tawakol A. PET/CT imaging of myocardial blood flow and arterial calcium: Putting the pieces together. J Nucl Cardiol. 2013 Jun; 20(3):331-3. PMID: 23512168; PMCID: PMC3819928.
  55. Tawakol A, Fayad ZA, Mogg R, Alon A, Klimas MT, Dansky H, Subramanian SS, Abdelbaky A, Rudd JH, Farkouh ME, Nunes IO, Beals CR, Shankar SS. Intensification of statin therapy results in a rapid reduction in atherosclerotic inflammation: results of a multicenter fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography feasibility study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Sep 03; 62(10):909-17. PMID: 23727083.
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  56. Mursi K, ElFayoumy H, Saad I, Tawakol A, Badawy H. The effect of preoperative clinical variables on the 30- and 90-day morbidity and mortality after radical cystectomy: A single-centre study. Arab J Urol. 2013 Jun; 11(2):152-8. PMID: 26558074; PMCID: PMC4442999.
  57. Vijayakumar J, Subramanian S, Singh P, Corsini E, Fontanez S, Lawler M, Kaplan R, Brady TJ, Hoffmann U, Tawakol A. Arterial inflammation in bronchial asthma. J Nucl Cardiol. 2013 Jun; 20(3):385-95. PMID: 23526296.
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  58. Ahmed W, Schlett CL, Uthamalingam S, Truong QA, Koenig W, Rogers IS, Blankstein R, Nagurney JT, Tawakol A, Januzzi JL, Hoffmann U. Single resting hsTnT level predicts abnormal myocardial stress test in acute chest pain patients with normal initial standard troponin. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Jan; 6(1):72-82. PMID: 23328564; PMCID: PMC3734805.
  59. Elkhawad M, Rudd JH, Sarov-Blat L, Cai G, Wells R, Davies LC, Collier DJ, Marber MS, Choudhury RP, Fayad ZA, Tawakol A, Gleeson FV, Lepore JJ, Davis B, Willette RN, Wilkinson IB, Sprecher DL, Cheriyan J. Effects of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibition on vascular and systemic inflammation in patients with atherosclerosis. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2012 Sep; 5(9):911-22. PMID: 22974804.
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  60. Subramanian S, Tawakol A, Burdo TH, Abbara S, Wei J, Vijayakumar J, Corsini E, Abdelbaky A, Zanni MV, Hoffmann U, Williams KC, Lo J, Grinspoon SK. Arterial inflammation in patients with HIV. JAMA. 2012 Jul 25; 308(4):379-86. PMID: 22820791; PMCID: PMC3724172.
  61. Siegel E, Thai WE, Techasith T, Major G, Szymonifka J, Tawakol A, Nagurney JT, Hoffmann U, Truong QA. Aortic distensibility and its relationship to coronary and thoracic atherosclerosis plaque and morphology by MDCT: insights from the ROMICAT Trial. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Aug 20; 167(4):1616-21. PMID: 22578738; PMCID: PMC3419779.
  62. Blankstein R, Ahmed W, Bamberg F, Rogers IS, Schlett CL, Nasir K, Fontes J, Tawakol A, Brady TJ, Nagurney JT, Hoffmann U, Truong QA. Comparison of exercise treadmill testing with cardiac computed tomography angiography among patients presenting to the emergency room with chest pain: the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction Using Computer-Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT) study. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2012 Mar; 5(2):233-42. PMID: 22308274.
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  63. Lee WW, Marinelli B, van der Laan AM, Sena BF, Gorbatov R, Leuschner F, Dutta P, Iwamoto Y, Ueno T, Begieneman MP, Niessen HW, Piek JJ, Vinegoni C, Pittet MJ, Swirski FK, Tawakol A, Di Carli M, Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M. PET/MRI of inflammation in myocardial infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Jan 10; 59(2):153-63. PMID: 22222080; PMCID: PMC3257823.
  64. Figueroa AL, Subramanian SS, Cury RC, Truong QA, Gardecki JA, Tearney GJ, Hoffmann U, Brady TJ, Tawakol A. Distribution of inflammation within carotid atherosclerotic plaques with high-risk morphological features: a comparison between positron emission tomography activity, plaque morphology, and histopathology. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2012 Jan; 5(1):69-77. PMID: 22038986.
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  65. Tawakol A, Finn AV. Imaging inflammatory changes in atherosclerosis multimodal imaging hitting stride. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2011 Oct; 4(10):1119-22. PMID: 21999872.
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  66. Szymanski C, Levine RA, Tribouilloy C, Zheng H, Handschumacher MD, Tawakol A, Hung J. Impact of mitral regurgitation on exercise capacity and clinical outcomes in patients with ischemic left ventricular dysfunction. Am J Cardiol. 2011 Dec 15; 108(12):1714-20. PMID: 21943932; PMCID: PMC3501449.
  67. Fayad ZA, Mani V, Woodward M, Kallend D, Abt M, Burgess T, Fuster V, Ballantyne CM, Stein EA, Tardif JC, Rudd JH, Farkouh ME, Tawakol A. Safety and efficacy of dalcetrapib on atherosclerotic disease using novel non-invasive multimodality imaging (dal-PLAQUE): a randomised clinical trial. Lancet. 2011 Oct 29; 378(9802):1547-59. PMID: 21908036; PMCID: PMC4151875.
  68. Stolzmann P, Subramanian S, Abdelbaky A, Maurovich-Horvat P, Scheffel H, Tawakol A, Hoffmann U. Complementary value of cardiac FDG PET and CT for the characterization of atherosclerotic disease. Radiographics. 2011 Sep-Oct; 31(5):1255-69. PMID: 21918043.
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  69. Fayad ZA, Mani V, Woodward M, Kallend D, Bansilal S, Pozza J, Burgess T, Fuster V, Rudd JH, Tawakol A, Farkouh ME. Rationale and design of dal-PLAQUE: a study assessing efficacy and safety of dalcetrapib on progression or regression of atherosclerosis using magnetic resonance imaging and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography. Am Heart J. 2011 Aug; 162(2):214-221.e2. PMID: 21835280; PMCID: PMC4047820.
  70. Marincheva-Savcheva G, Subramanian S, Qadir S, Figueroa A, Truong Q, Vijayakumar J, Brady TJ, Hoffmann U, Tawakol A. Imaging of the aortic valve using fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography increased valvular fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in aortic stenosis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Jun 21; 57(25):2507-15. PMID: 21679852.
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  71. Gurm GS, Tawakol A. Beyond stenosis: further progress in multi-modal evaluation of carotid disease. J Nucl Cardiol. 2011 Apr; 18(2):204-6. PMID: 21290206.
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  72. Rogers IS, Tawakol A. Imaging of coronary inflammation with FDG-PET: feasibility and clinical hurdles. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2011 Apr; 13(2):138-44. PMID: 21274660.
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  73. Fifer KM, Qadir S, Subramanian S, Vijayakumar J, Figueroa AL, Truong QA, Hoffmann U, Brady TJ, Tawakol A. Positron emission tomography measurement of periodontal 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake is associated with histologically determined carotid plaque inflammation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Feb 22; 57(8):971-6. PMID: 21329844.
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  74. Abdelbaky A, Tawakol A. Noninvasive Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of Coronary Arterial Inflammation. Curr Cardiovasc Imaging Rep. 2011 Feb 01; 4(1):41-49. PMID: 21379370.
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  75. Rudd JH, Narula J, Strauss HW, Virmani R, Machac J, Klimas M, Tahara N, Fuster V, Warburton EA, Fayad ZA, Tawakol AA. Imaging atherosclerotic plaque inflammation by fluorodeoxyglucose with positron emission tomography: ready for prime time? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Jun 08; 55(23):2527-35. PMID: 20513592.
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  76. Rogers IS, Nasir K, Figueroa AL, Cury RC, Hoffmann U, Vermylen DA, Brady TJ, Tawakol A. Feasibility of FDG imaging of the coronary arteries: comparison between acute coronary syndrome and stable angina. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2010 Apr; 3(4):388-97. PMID: 20394901.
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  77. Subramanian S, Jaffer FA, Tawakol A. Optical molecular imaging in atherosclerosis. J Nucl Cardiol. 2010 Jan-Feb; 17(1):135-44. PMID: 20039152.
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  78. Shapiro MD, Dodd JD, Kalva S, Wittram C, Hsu J, Nasir K, Liu B, Nagurney JT, Kalra MK, Nichols JH, Cury RC, Abbara S, Tawakol A, Brady TJ, Hoffmann U. A comprehensive electrocardiogram-gated 64-slice multidetector computed tomography imaging protocol to visualize the coronary arteries, thoracic aorta, and pulmonary vasculature in a single breath hold. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2009 Mar-Apr; 33(2):225-32. PMID: 19346850.
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  79. Bamberg F, Dannemann N, Shapiro MD, Seneviratne SK, Ferencik M, Butler J, Koenig W, Nasir K, Cury RC, Tawakol A, Achenbach S, Brady TJ, Hoffmann U. Association between cardiovascular risk profiles and the presence and extent of different types of coronary atherosclerotic plaque as detected by multidetector computed tomography. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2008 Mar; 28(3):568-74. PMID: 18174458.
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  80. Tawakol A, Castano AP, Gad F, Zahra T, Bashian G, Migrino RQ, Ahmadi A, Stern J, Anatelli F, Chirico S, Shirazi A, Syed S, Fischman AJ, Muller JE, Hamblin MR. Intravascular detection of inflamed atherosclerotic plaques using a fluorescent photosensitizer targeted to the scavenger receptor. Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2008 Jan; 7(1):33-9. PMID: 18167594; PMCID: PMC2813573.
  81. Lewis GD, Shah R, Shahzad K, Camuso JM, Pappagianopoulos PP, Hung J, Tawakol A, Gerszten RE, Systrom DM, Bloch KD, Semigran MJ. Sildenafil improves exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with systolic heart failure and secondary pulmonary hypertension. Circulation. 2007 Oct 02; 116(14):1555-62. PMID: 17785618.
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  82. Gregory SA, MacRae CA, Aziz K, Sims KB, Schmahmann JD, Kardan A, Morss AM, Ellinor PT, Tawakol A, Fischman AJ, Gewirtz H. Myocardial blood flow and oxygen consumption in patients with Friedreich's ataxia prior to the onset of cardiomyopathy. Coron Artery Dis. 2007 Feb; 18(1):15-22. PMID: 17172925.
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  83. Rudd JH, Fayad ZA, Machac J, Weissberg PL, Davies JR, Warburton EA, Tawakol AA, Strauss HW, Fuster V. Response to 'Laurberg JM, Olsen AK, Hansen SB, et al. Imaging of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques with FDG-microPET: no FDG accumulation' [Atherosclerosis 2006]. Atherosclerosis. 2007 Jun; 192(2):453-4; author reply 451-2. PMID: 17125772.
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  84. Tawakol A, Migrino RQ, Bashian GG, Bedri S, Vermylen D, Cury RC, Yates D, LaMuraglia GM, Furie K, Houser S, Gewirtz H, Muller JE, Brady TJ, Fischman AJ. In vivo 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging provides a noninvasive measure of carotid plaque inflammation in patients. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Nov 07; 48(9):1818-24. PMID: 17084256.
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  85. Elmaleh DR, Fischman AJ, Tawakol A, Zhu A, Shoup TM, Hoffmann U, Brownell AL, Zamecnik PC. Detection of inflamed atherosclerotic lesions with diadenosine-5',5'''-P1,P4-tetraphosphate (Ap4A) and positron-emission tomography. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Oct 24; 103(43):15992-6. PMID: 17038498; PMCID: PMC1599947.
  86. Muller JE, Tawakol A, Kathiresan S, Narula J. New opportunities for identification and reduction of coronary risk: treatment of vulnerable patients, arteries, and plaques. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Apr 18; 47(8 Suppl):C2-6. PMID: 16631507.
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  87. Tawakol A, Castano AP, Anatelli F, Bashian G, Stern J, Zahra T, Gad F, Chirico S, Ahmadi A, Fischman AJ, Muller JE, Hamblin MR. Photosensitizer delivery to vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque: comparison of macrophage-targeted conjugate versus free chlorin(e6). J Biomed Opt. 2006 Mar-Apr; 11(2):021008. PMID: 16674183; PMCID: PMC2936819.
  88. Tawakol A, Aziz K, Migrino R, Watkowska J, Zusman R, Alpert NM, Fischman AJ, Gewirtz H. Effects of sildenafil on myocardial blood flow in humans with ischemic heart disease. Coron Artery Dis. 2005 Nov; 16(7):443-9. PMID: 16205453.
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  89. Tawakol A, Migrino RQ, Hoffmann U, Abbara S, Houser S, Gewirtz H, Muller JE, Brady TJ, Fischman AJ. Noninvasive in vivo measurement of vascular inflammation with F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. J Nucl Cardiol. 2005 May-Jun; 12(3):294-301. PMID: 15944534.
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  90. Tawakol A, Migrino RQ, Aziz KS, Waitkowska J, Holmvang G, Alpert NM, Muller JE, Fischman AJ, Gewirtz H. High-dose folic acid acutely improves coronary vasodilator function in patients with coronary artery disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2005 May 17; 45(10):1580-4. PMID: 15893170; PMCID: PMC1255966.
  91. Tawakol A, Omland T, Creager MA. Direct effect of ethanol on human vascular function. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2004 Jun; 286(6):H2468-73. PMID: 14764441.
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  92. Tawakol A, Muller J. Through the looking glass: an angioscopic view of the effect of statin therapy on coronary artery plaques. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003 Aug 20; 42(4):687-9. PMID: 12932602.
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  93. Tawakol A, Sims K, MacRae C, Friedman JR, Alpert NM, Fischman AJ, Gewirtz H. Myocardial flow regulation in people with mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, stroke-like episodes/myoclonic epilepsy and ragged red fibers and other mitochondrial syndromes. Coron Artery Dis. 2003 May; 14(3):197-205. PMID: 12702922.
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  94. Tawakol A, Forgione MA, Stuehlinger M, Alpert NM, Cooke JP, Loscalzo J, Fischman AJ, Creager MA, Gewirtz H. Homocysteine impairs coronary microvascular dilator function in humans. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2002 Sep 18; 40(6):1051-58. PMID: 12354427.
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  95. Gewirtz H, Tawakol A, Bacharach SL. Heterogeneity of myocardial blood flow and metabolism: review of physiologic principles and implications for radionuclide imaging of the heart. J Nucl Cardiol. 2002 Sep-Oct; 9(5):534-41. PMID: 12360134.
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  96. Tawakol A, Gewirtz H. Does CABG improve left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, and does it matter? J Nucl Med. 2001 Jan; 42(1):87-90. PMID: 11197986.
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  97. Tawakol A, Skopicki HA, Abraham SA, Alpert NM, Fischman AJ, Picard MH, Gewirtz H. Evidence of reduced resting blood flow in viable myocardial regions with chronic asynergy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2000 Dec; 36(7):2146-53. PMID: 11127454.
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  98. Gerhard M, Walsh BW, Tawakol A, Haley EA, Creager SJ, Seely EW, Ganz P, Creager MA. Estradiol therapy combined with progesterone and endothelium-dependent vasodilation in postmenopausal women. Circulation. 1998 Sep 22; 98(12):1158-63. PMID: 9743505.
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  99. Tawakol A, Omland T, Gerhard M, Wu JT, Creager MA. Hyperhomocyst(e)inemia is associated with impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilation in humans. Circulation. 1997 Mar 04; 95(5):1119-21. PMID: 9054838.
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