João L. Cavalcante

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dr. João L. Cavalcante earned his medical degree from the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. His training includes residency and chief resident in internal medicine and cardiovascular fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He pursued an advanced cardiovascular imaging training at the Cleveland Clinic where he was appointed chief fellow. There he obtained the highest levels of certification and training (COCATS Level III) in the areas of Interventional and Intraoperative Echocardiography, Cardiovascular CT and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance.

Dr Cavalcante joined the senior faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Heart & Vascular Institute in September 2012 as Assistant Professor of Medicine. Since then he has been actively involved in the heart team evaluation and echocardiographic guidance of minimally invasive percutaneous procedures. In June/2013, he received by unanimous vote the Edward I. Curtiss Outstanding Teacher Award from the cardiology fellows.

Given his clinical focus and research interests in valvular heart disease, Dr Cavalcante is currently the site principal investigator of two trials (ACRIN 4008 and TOPAS III) evaluating the role of Cardiac MRI in patients with severe aortic stenosis. He has published over 30 manuscripts, 3 book chapters and has several abstracts presented at national and international meetings. Dr. Cavalcante is also a peer-reviewer for JACC, JACC Imaging, Circulation, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, European Heart Journal, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, and many others.

Terms of Appointment: Nov 2012 – Oct 2014