Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Clinical Interests
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Coronary artery imaging
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Imaging and therapy of vulnerable plaque
  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)
Medical Education
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Farouc Jaffer graduated from Stanford University in 1990 with a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and received in MD and PhD 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 as faculty.

Dr. Jaffer is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Attending Interventional Cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is Director of Coronary Intervention and Director of the Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) PCI Program at at Massachusetts Gneral Hospital.  The MGH is a leading center for treating the most complex coronary blockages, such as CTO.   Many patients, previously without options,  have successfully underwent CTO PCI, and have experienced marked reductions in angina (chest pain) and shortness of breath.  

Dr. Jaffer is also a Principal Investigator in the MGH Cardiovascular Research Center where his NIH-funded laboratory develops novel molecular imaging approaches to image high-risk plaques and blood clots, to better prevent heart attacks, strokes, and venous blood clots.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Select Publications:

  • 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.


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