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Mind the Gap: Stepping on a Bridge to Life



Vlad G. Zaha, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Director of Cardio-Oncology Program, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Division of Cardiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center


About Vlad Zaha:

Vlad Gabriel Zaha, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Cardiology. He specializes in cardio-oncology and advanced cardiovascular imaging diagnostic modalities.


Dr. Zaha earned his medical degree at Carol Davila University of Medicine & Pharmacy in Bucharest. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Freiburg in Germany, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he conducted studies to elucidate molecular and genetic connections that underlie the energetic metabolism in the heart, funded by a fellowship award from the American Heart Association. Dr. Zaha also conducted studies of molecular mechanisms for the protection of myocardial mitochondria and was recognized as a finalist at the 2014 Northwestern Young Investigator Forum. He also investigated research studies of myocardial cell biology, investigating insulin signaling and glucose-transport mechanisms in the heart.


Dr. Zaha completed internal medicine residency training at Indiana University in Indianapolis. He then gained advanced training through a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, molecular, and cellular physiology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and advanced cardiovascular imaging at Yale School of Medicine's University College London.


Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Zaha joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.


At UT Southwestern, Dr. Zaha is the Program Director of the Cardio-Oncology Fellowship program. He is also the Medical Director of the Cardio-Oncology Center for Excellence at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as the Director of the Section of Cardio-Oncology within the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Zaha is also a member of the Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (REDI).


Since March 2018, Dr. Zaha has served in the leadership council of the Cardio-Oncology Section of the American College of Cardiology. Other professional organizations in which he is active include the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

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