Daniel S. Berman, MD

Chief, Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology


Institute Affiliation

Heart Institute

Academic Appointments

Professor, Imaging
Professor, Medicine

Awards and Activities

Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors Acknowledgement2006
Fourth Annual Mario S. Verani, MD Memorial Lecture2006
American College of Cardiology Gifted Teacher Award2000
Associate Editor: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed TomographyCurrent
Associate Editor: Journal of the American College of Cardiology2002 - 2005
Editorial Board Member: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology1994 - 2004
American College of Cardiology, Fellow1976 - 2008
American Heart Association (Council on Clinical Cardiology), Fellow1990 - 2008
Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, President2008

Research Focus

Development and validation of clinical applications of cardiac imaging; Development of computer-based tools for imaging analysis and interpretation; Use of systematic, prospectively designed databases and randomized clinical trials to analyze the impact of information from cardiac imaging studies on health outcomes.

Research Contributions

Leader in development of the field of nuclear cardiology; Development of automated computer-based methods for assessing nuclear cardiology studies as well as cardiac CT and MRI.

Current investigations include:

Development of automatic quantitative assessment of noncalcified plaque with coronary CT angiography; Detection of inflamed/vulnerable coronary plaque using PET/CT; Impact of cardiac imaging on health outcomes; Automatic quantitative analysis of noninvasive cardiac imaging studies; Optimizing image quality and reducing radiation with cardiac CT and nuclear cardiology studies; Developing methods for quantitatively analyzing myocardial perfusion and function using cardiac MRI in women with chest pain.

Selected Publications

  1. Shaw LJ, Berman DS, Maron DJ, Mancini GB, Hayes SW, Hartigan PM, Weintraub WS, O'Rourke RA, Dada M, Spertus JA, Chaitman BR, Friedman J, Slomka P, Heller GV, Germano G, Gosselin G, Berger P, Kostuk WJ, Schwartz RG, Knudtson M, Veledar E, Bates ER, McCallister B, Teo KK, Boden WE, : Optimal medical therapy with or without percutaneous coronary intervention to reduce ischemic burden: results from the Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation (COURAGE) trial nuclear substudy. Circulation, 117(10): 1283-91, 2008
  2. Berman DS, Shaw LJ, Hachamovitch R, Friedman JD, Polk DM, Hayes SW, Thomson LE, Germano G, Wong ND, Kang X, Rozanski A: Comparative use of radionuclide stress testing, coronary artery calcium scanning, and noninvasive coronary angiography for diagnostic and prognostic cardiac assessment. Seminars in nuclear medicine, 37(1): 2-16, 2007
  3. Rozanski A, Gransar H, Wong ND, Shaw LJ, Miranda-Peats R, Polk D, Hayes SW, Friedman JD, Berman DS: Clinical outcomes after both coronary calcium scanning and exercise myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol., 49(12): 1352-61, 2007
  4. Min JK, Shaw LJ, Devereux RB, Okin PM, Weinsaft JW, Russo DJ, Lippolis NJ, Berman DS, Callister TQ: Prognostic value of multidetector coronary computed tomographic angiography for prediction of all-cause mortality. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol., 50(12): 1161-70, 2007
  5. Berman DS: Fourth annual Mario S. Verani, MD Memorial Lecture: noninvasive imaging in coronary artery disease: changing roles, changing players. Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 13(4): 457-73, 2006
  6. Hachamovitch R, Hayes SW, Friedman JD, Cohen I, Berman DS: Comparison of the short-term survival benefit associated with revascularization compared with medical therapy in patients with no prior coronary artery disease undergoing stress myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography. Circulation, 107(23): 2900-7, 2003