Viviany Rodrigues Taqueti, MD, MPH

2015 DICP Faculty Fellowship Recipient

VIVIANY RODRIGUES TAQUETI, MD, MPH, Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiovascular Imaging, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Mentor: Marcelo Di Carli, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Cardiovascular Imaging; Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Department Chair:  Steven Seltzer, MD, Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School; Head of the Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Project Title: “Coronary Flow Reserve to Phenotype Diffuse Coronary Atherosclerotic Burden in Women and Men”

Project Description:

Cardiovascular disease kills more women than men annually, yet women account for less of the coronary artery disease (CAD) burden in the United States. Although we have made great strides in the diagnosis and management of heart disease, particularly in our ability to restore blood flow through critical blockages of the coronary arteries using invasive interventions, it is increasingly recognized that even patients without significant coronary blockages may be at significant risk for serious cardiovascular events. Luminal coronary angiography is the gold standard for diagnosis of obstructive CAD and remains a cornerstone of modern cardiovascular care, but it is limited in its ability to identify diffuse atherosclerosis and small-vessel disease. This proposal aims to utilize a novel, noninvasive imaging method using myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography to quantify coronary blood flow in the entire coronary circulation in order to understand mechanisms of adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with diffuse coronary atherosclerosis and microvascular dysfunction. This translational work may lead to innovative therapies based on noninvasive and functional, rather than purely invasive and anatomic, approaches to combat ischemic heart disease, especially among women.

Biography:

Viviany Taqueti, MD, MPH, FACC is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a cardiologist and cardiovascular imager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare. She is a physician-scientist with a translational focus on applying functional imaging tools to phenotype cardiovascular outcomes in ischemic and inflammatory heart disease.

Dr. Taqueti graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a concentration in biochemical sciences, and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology with a special focus in immunology. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical and research fellowship in cardiovascular disease and imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Following clinical training, she obtained a Master in Public Health from Harvard with an emphasis on epidemiology and clinical trials. She is a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Service Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, American College of Cardiology Foundation/Merck Research Fellowship, Harvard Catalyst Medical Researcher Investigator Training Award and the Curie Award for Women Leadership. Dr. Taqueti balances clinical care, research and teaching responsibilities, and currently serves as a section editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.