Emory Cardiovascular Imaging & Biomechanics Core

The Emory Cardiovascular Imaging & Biomechanical Core laboratory (ECBC) is a unique lab under the mentorship of Emory Professor Dr. Habib Samady. This lab was formed by a collaborative effort between Georgia Tech and Emory University where interventional cardiologists, engineers, mathematicians, post-docs, cardiovascular fellows, bio-statisticians along with graduate students and international scholars work together on ground breaking research in cardiovascular medicine and gain vital experience in various aspects of research methodologies. Our current focus is developing wall shear stress (WSS) models to predict ‘vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque’ among patients with stable chest pain. We use various intracoronary imaging technologies such as Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to interrogate atherosclerotic plaques. In addition, a very accurate 3-D reconstruction is then done using either bi-plane angiograms or CT/MRI. Post-processing is then done using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to calculate wall shear stress (WSS) on various segments of the atherosclerotic plaque. Our other investigative works include using shear stent patterns to improve coronary stent design and microvascular dysfunction.
Habib Samady, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Director, Emory Cardiovascular Imaging & Biomechanical Core Laboratory
Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Alessandro Veneziani, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Don P. Giddens, PhD
Dean Emeritus - College of Engineering
Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory

David Molony, PhD

David Molony
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lab Manager
Email: dmolony@emory.edu

Sonali Kumar, MD

Sonali Kumar

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow
Email: sonali.kumar@emory.edu

Kaylyn Crawford, BS

Kaylyn Crawford

Research Engineer
Email: kgcrawf@emory.edu

Ryan Dunn, BS


Ryan Dunn

Research Engineer
Email: ryan.michael.dunn@emory.edu

Arlen Ho, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: arlen.ho@emory.edu

Jessica Navas Simbana, MD

Jessica Navas Simbana


Sameer Rehan Khawaja

Sameer Khawaja

Undergraduate Lead IVUS Expert

Sang Jin Ha, MD, PhD

Sang Jin Ha

Email: sang.jin.ha@emory.edu

Joo Myung Lee, MD, MPH, PhD

Joo Myung Lee

Email: drone80@hanmail.net

Michael C. McDaniel, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Grady Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Olivia Hung, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
The University of Arizona Health Sciences
Bill D. Gogas, MD, PhD, FACC
Interventional Cardiologist
Visiting Professor of Medicine
The Spencer B. King III Catheterization Laboratory
Nanjing, China
Michel T Corban, MD
Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Yasir Bouchi Elizabeth Thompson, BS
Medical Student
Rounak Gandhi, MBBS Rani Rabah, MD