Ahmed Tawakol, MD

Ahmed Tawakol, MD

Associate Director, Nuclear Cardiology, MGH
Co-Director, Cardiac MR PET CT Program, MGH
Director, Integrative Bio-Imaging Program, MGH
Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Email:   atawakol@mgh.harvard.edu


  • MD 1992, Stanford University , Stanford CA
  • Internal Medicine Residency, 1995 Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Cardiology Fellowship, 1999 Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Nuclear Cardiology Fellowship, 2000 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


Dr. Tawakol is a cardiologist with a clinical and research focus on cardiovascular imaging. He graduated from Stanford Medical School and trained in Medicine, and Cardiology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital then Nuclear Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Co-Director of the Cardiac MR PET CT Program and Director of Integrative Bio-Imaging Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Tawakol is a pioneer in the field of PET imaging of atherosclerosis. His group provided the initial development and validation of molecular imaging as a tool to assess atherosclerotic plaque inflammation in humans. Studies by his group have focused on delineating underlying causes of atherosclerotic inflammation and identifying novel treatments for the disease. His current work also employs multi-parametric imaging to derive insights into how biologic processes across organs contribute to disease. An example of this work is the first in humans observation for the first time in humans, linking brain activity (within the amygdala, the area of the brain determining fear, stress and emotion) to subsequent cardiovascular disease events, and provided mechanistic insights into an amygdalar-hematopoietic-arterial axis. (View Research Project)

Awards and Honors

  • 1988 Stanford Medical Alumni Medical Student Scholar Award
  • 1992 Stanford Medical School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • 1998 Cardio Fellows Foundation Award
  • 1999 NIH NHLBI Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA)
  • 2000 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Clinical Research Award
  • 2000 First Place: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Young Investigator Competition
  • 2001 NIH NCRR: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
  • 2002 Finalist, AstraZeneca Cardiovascular Research Competition
  • 2011 Mentor Award, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging
  • 2013 Senior author of Best Paper for 2013, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology
  • 2015 Mentor Award, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging



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