BiographyDr. Farouc Jaffer graduated from Stanford University in 1990 with a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and received in M.D. and Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania of Medicine in 1996. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2003, he joined the Cardiology Division and CMIR as faculty. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Attending Interventional Cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Jaffer is also a Principal Investigator in the MGH Cardiovascular Research Center.
As a practicing interventional cardiologist in the MGH Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, I have the privilege of performing diagnostic and interventional procedures on patients with cardiovascular disease. I participate in all aspects of coronary intervention at MGH (stents, angioplasty, thrombectomy), and help to implement emerging data and practices to optimize clinical outcomes. I am deeply committed to my patients in my ambulatory cardiology practice, where I care for patients with complex coronary arterial disease.
We are developing new approaches to image high-risk plaques (narrowings, blockages) that cause myocardial infarction (heart attacks). Imaging of high-risk ("vulnerable") coronary plaques could ultimately help prevent heart attacks from occurring.
Specifically, we are developing new intravascular optical (near-infrared fluorescence) imaging catheters to visualize inflammation in plaques. Inflammation is a key driver of plaque ruptures and heart attacks. Novel molecular imaging catheters are undergoing bench and experimental testing. Our goal is to translate these technologies to patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), with the goal of identifying inflamed high-rsk plaques. Eventually identifying these plaques may allow us to pre-emptively treat then prior to rupture and heart attack.
Jaffer FA, et al. Real-time Catheter Molecular Sensing of Inflammation in Proteolytically Active Atherosclerosis. Circulation 2008; 118:1802-9.
Calfon MA, Vinegoni C, Ntziachristos V, Jaffer FA. Intravascular Near-infrared Fluorescence Molecular Imaging of Atherosclerosis: Towards Coronary Arterial Visualization of Biologically High-Risk Plaques. Journal of Biomedical Optics (Jan. 14, 2010).
Sabatine MS, Jaffer FA, et al. A 32-Year-Old Woman, 3 Weeks Postpartum, with Substernal Chest Pain. New England Journal of Medicine 2010; 363:1164-1173.Please see weblink below for full publication details.
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