William A. Zoghbi

William A. Zoghbi, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates


zoghbiDr. William A. Zoghbi was born in Lebanon. He completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, joined its Faculty in 1985, and became the John S. Dunn Professor of Medicine and director of the Echocardiography Laboratory. In 2005, he received the William L. Winters Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, and founded the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute, bringing all imaging modalities under one roof to enhance education, research and patient care.

Dr. Zoghbi is a leader in cardiovascular imaging. His laboratory has developed new techniques to evaluate valvular disorders and cardiac function, improving the non-invasive evaluation of diastolic function and refining the use of stress and contrast echocardiography for detecting ischemic heart disease. He has authored more than 200 original publications and has been invited to lecture on his work at major cardiology conferences around the globe. He chaired the development of national and international guidelines for evaluating native and artificial heart valves with cardiac ultrasound.  He has served on the editorial board of many prestigious medical journals, and as Associate Editor of JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging and Circulation.

Dr. Zoghbi has been actively involved with the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for nearly 30 years. He has exerted considerable influence in the ASE, serving on the Board of Directors and as president in 2008. He chaired the ACC Annual Scientific Session in 2000, has actively served on the ACC Board of trustees since 2001. Dr Zoghbi has served as president of the American College of Cardiology in 2012-13.