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Alan Wasserman

Alan Wasserman

Chair of the Department of Medicine
Eugene Meyer Professor of Medicine
Eugene Meyer Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2302
Email: Email
Department: Medicine

Education

  • BA, Rutgers University, 1969
  • MD, Hahnemann University, 1973

Biography

Dr. Alan Wasserman is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Medicine and the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), which comprises the University’s full-time clinical faculty.

Dr. Wasserman is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2008 he was awarded with the John F. Maher Memorial Laureate Award, which honors select Fellows and Masters of the ACP in the DC Chapter who have “shown by their lives and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care and service to the College”.

His clinical and research activities have comprised areas of cardiology including cardiac imaging, ischemic heart disease, and preventive cardiology.

While on faculty at the George Washington University Dr. Wasserman has been the co-director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program (1982-1993), Director of the Non-Invasive Laboratories (1985-1997), and Director of Cardiology (1994-1997). He has been a member of and/or chaired dozens of department, MFA, George Washington University Hospital and GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences committees (for example; Research, Risk Management, Credentialing, Bylaws, Compliance, Patient Education), and has served on the Faculty Senate and as Chief Medical Officer. He has been the co-director of the MKSAP and Board Review courses for the ACP as well as many other educational symposiums and served on many local and national committees; most recently as the Cardiology representative on the In-Service exam question writing committee and on the Communications Committee for the Association of Professors of Medicine. He is on the National Board of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor society.

As President of the MFA, Dr. Wasserman has overseen an amazing growth of the Practice Plan going from less than 200 full-time faculty in 2000 to more than 850 full-time faculty today.

Training

Residency:
  • Abington Memorial Hospital, 1973-1976
Cardiology Fellowship:
  • George Washington University, 1976-1979

Expertise

  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Health Policy  

Research

His early research efforts explored the use of nuclear imaging in the diagnosis and prognosis of coronary artery disease. His lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding the low specificity of exercise nuclear ventriculography (better known as MUGA imaging) resulted in a major change in practice habits in the United States and led to the prominence of Thallium imaging as the main diagnostic procedure.

Dr. Wasserman’s research interests also involve the use of Electron Beam Computerized Tomography for the early diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. He has authored numerous journal articles and served as the principal investigator for multiple clinical trials

Community Service

  • Member of local American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians DC Chapters
  • Consultant for multiple District of Columbia and Maryland free clinics

Division

  • Cardiology

Publications

View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

The PEACE Investigators. Effects of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibition in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease: the Prevention of Events with Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibition (PEACE) trial. NEJM 351:2058-2068, 2004.

Coughlin SS, Gottdiener JS, Baughman KL, Wasserman AG, et al. Black-White Differences in Mortality in Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy: The Washington, DC Dilated Cardiomyopathy Study. J Nat Med Ass 8:583-590, 1994.

GUSTO AngiographicInvestigators. The Effects of Tissue Plasminogen Activator, Streptokinese of Both or Coronary Artery Patency after Acute Myocardial Infarction. NEJM 329:1615-1622, 1993.

Williams DO, Braunwald E, Knatterud J, Babb J, Bresnehan D, Greenberg M, Wasserman AG, et al. One year results of the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction Investigation (TIMI) Phase II Trial. Circulation 85:533-542, 1992.

Wasserman AG, Johnson R, Katz RJ, et al: Detection of Left Ventricular Wall Motion Abnormalities for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease: A Comparison of Exercise Radionuclide and Pacing Intravenous Digital Technique. Am J of Card 54:497-501, 1984.

Wasserman AG, Katz RJ, Varghese PJ, et al: Exercise Radionuclide Ventriculographic Responses in Hypertensive Patients with Chest Pain. NEJM 311:1276-1280, 1984.

Wasserman AG, Katz RJ, Cleary P, et al: Non-invasive Detection of Multivessel Disease in Patients Post Myocardial Infarction by Exercise Radionuclide Ventriculography. Am J Card 50:1242-1247, 1982.

Wasserman AG, Meyer JF, and Ross AM: The Relationship of the Pulmonary Wedge Pressure to the Posterior Aortic Wall Echo Cardiogram in Patients free of Obstructive Mitral Valve Disease. Am Heart J 100:500-505, 1980.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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