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William Zoghbi

William A. Zoghbi MD

Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health, Professor of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology, Houston Methodist and the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas

William A. Zoghbi is the Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health, and Professor of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Houston Methodist and the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.

Dr. Zoghbi was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1973, where he started Medical school and, with the escalation of the Lebanese war, completed his studies in the United States after 1977. He trained in Medicine and Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and joined its faculty from 1985 to 2005, where he was the John S. Dunn Professor of Medicine. In 2005, Dr. Zoghbi joined Houston Methodist and was appointed chair of the department of cardiology in 2016.

Dr. Zoghbi is a renowned leader in cardiology and cardiac imaging. He has developed new techniques to evaluate heart function and valve disorders without resorting to invasive procedures. He is known for his research on ischemic heart disease, myocardial function and hibernation, and for his development of echocardiographic techniques to evaluate valvular dynamics and function non-invasively. He has authored close to 300 original publications and has been invited to lecture on his work at every major cardiology conference around the globe. He is a much sought-after mentor and has trained over 100 cardiology fellows in advanced cardiovascular imaging, many of whom now hold positions of leadership worldwide.

Dr. Zoghbi has been actively involved with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for more than 30 years. He served as president of the ASE in 2008. In 2012, Dr Zoghbi was elected president of the American College of Cardiology-- a 52 thousand member organization representing all cardiologists in the USA; He is the first foreign born cardiologist to head the organization since its inception 65 years earlier. During his presidency, he focused on patient-centered care and spearheaded the launch of CardioSmart.org website to provide the latest information about heart disease to the public. He carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 on behalf of heart health and represented the global cardiovascular community at the United Nations and World Health Organization.

Dr. Zoghbi is involved internationally in cardiovascular health advocacy and health promotion. He was instrumental in the vision and implementation of the international mission of the ACC since 2008. He has been closely involved in many of the ACC international chapters he has helped build. He represented the ACC and the global cardiovascular community at the United Nations and World Health Organization, advocating for the reduction of premature mortality from Non-communicable diseases by 25 percent by 2025 ("25x25" initiative). He has served on the Board of the World Heart Federation in 2014-5 and co-chaired the Global Task Force for Cardiovascular disease for the World Heart Federation. He currently serves as Section Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on global health and is on the editorial board of Global Heart. He has maintained strong ties with the Lebanese Cardiology Society, the AUB and the Middle East region. He established a chapter for the ACC in Lebanon in 2012 and coordinated several joint American-Lebanese educational symposia in Beirut. He has chaired a new ACC conference for the Middle East, attracting more than 1500 attendees from the region. In 2012, he received the National Order of the Cedar from the President of the Republic of Lebanon.


Dr. Zoghbi has no relevant disclosures.

Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:

  1. The Natural History of Severe Calcific Mitral Stenosis