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Juan C. Lopez-Mattei, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.E.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement


Juan C. Lopez-Mattei, MD is a cardiologist trained in Puerto Rico who completed an additional two year fellowship in cardiovascular multi-modality imaging in Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, TX (affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College). He has the highest level of training that can be achieved in echocardiography and cardiovascular MRI (level III). Currently he is Assistant Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and full-time faculty of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Cardiology.  He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular computed tomography, nuclear cardiology and his advanced training cardiovascular MRI is certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He is an active member of the Society of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Latin American Working Group and was a member of the Cardiovascular Innovations Educational Forum of the Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology in 2013. His research interests are the use of cardiovascular MRI and echocardiography in assessing chemotherapy- induced cardiotoxicity and cardiovascular applications of molecular imaging. In his leisure time he likes jogging and writing poetry.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2005 Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR, Puerto Rico, MD, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

7/2011-6/2013 Clinical Fellowship, Cardiovascular Imaging, The Methodist Hospital- Weill Cornell Affiliated, Houston, TX, Dr. William A. Zoghbi
7/2008-6/2011 Clinical Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, San Juan V.A. Medical Center, San Juan, PR, Dr. Luis Rodriguez- Ospina
7/2005-6/2008 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR, Puerto Rico, Dr. Carlos Gonzales- Oppenheimer

Board Certifications

2013 Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, Council for Certification in Cardiovascular Imaging
2012 Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography, American Board of Echocardiography
2012 Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Council for Certification in Cardiovascular Imaging
2011 Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
2008 Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Lopez-Mattei JC, Shah DJ. The Role of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Valvular Heart Disease. Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J 9(3):142-148, 7/2013. PMCID: PMC3782321.
2. Lopez-Mattei JC, Shah DJ. When to consider cardiovascular magnetic resonance in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement? Curr Opin Cardiol. e-Pub 7/2013. PMID: 23852024.
3. Lopez-Mattei JC, Nabi F, Little SH, Shah D. Museum of TMH Multimodality Imaging Center: Left Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm. Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J 9(2):114, 4/2013. PMCID: PMC3693529.
4. Figueroa Y, Altieri PI, Banchs H, Hernández J, López JC, Escobales N, Crespo MJ. Syncope in Puerto Rico. Bol Asoc Med P R 99(3):207-10, Jul-Sep, 7/2007. PMID: 19610576.


1. Chaikriangkrai K, Lopez-Mattei JC, Ghosn M, El-Beheary M, Shah DJ, Nagueh SF. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Derived Late Gadolinium Enhancement Replacement Fibrosis and Extracellular Volume Significance in the Detection of Diastolic Dysfunction. Accepted to AHA Scientific Sessions 2013, 2013.
2. Simprini, L, Afroz A, Cooper M, Klem I, Jensen C, Kim R, Srichai M, Heitner J, Sood M, Chandy E, Shah,D, Lopez-Mattei JC, Biederman R, Grizzard J, Fuisz A, Ghafourian K, Farzaneh-Far A, Weinsaft J. Routine Cine-CMR for Assessment of Prosthesis-Associated Mitral Regurgitation- A Multicenter, Multivendor Study. Presented in The Society of Magnetic Resonance Scientific Sessions, 2013.
3. Simprini L, Afroz A, Cooper M, Klem I, Jensen C, Kim R, Srichai M, Heitner J, Sood M, Chandy E, Shah D, Lopez-Mattei JC, Biederman R, Grizzard J, Fuisz A, Ghafourian K, Farzaneh-Far A, Weinsaft J. Routine Cine-CMR for Prosthesis Associated Mitral Regurgitation: A Multicenter Comparison to Echocardiography. Presented in The American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions, 2013.
4. Lopez-Mattei JC, Shaikh K, Ibrahim H, Little SH, Shah D, Zoghbi WA. Comparison of Mitral Regurgitation Severity by Echocardiography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Volumetric Quantitative Techniques and Integrative Grading. Presented in AHA Scientific Sessions, 2012.
5. Aldeiri, M, Vivo, RP, Lopez-Mattei, JC, Cordero-Reyes, A, Elias, B, Loebe, M, Torre-Armione, G, Bhimaraj, A, Estep, J. Pulmonary Vascular Resistance is the Strongest Echocardiographic Parameter Associated with Clinical Heart Failure in Patients with Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Presented at Heart Failure Society of America Scientific Sessions, 2012.
6. Garg N, Lopez-Mattei JC, Ibrahim H, Opneja A, Shah D, Zoghbi WA. Sub-optimal Detection of Left Ventricular Thrombi with 2D Transthoracic Echocardiography Compared to Cardiac Magnetic Resonance despite the Use of Contrast Echocardiography. Presented in AHA Scientific Sessions, 2012.
7. Cerezo I, Hernandez H, Lopez JC, Lam-Siu V, Molina I, Velez-Miro I, Santiago B, Rosales C. Cardiovascular Events in Subjects with Fragmented QRS Complexes Undergoing Myocardial Nuclear Stress Test and Coronary Angiography. Presented in VA Caribbean Healthcare System Internal Medicine Research Symposium, 6/2010.
8. Altieri PI, Banchs H, Crespo M, Escobales N, Figueroa Y, Lopez JC, Hernandez-Gil de la Madrid J, Mundo H, Casillas P. Higher incidence in Hispanics of atrial fibrillation in the metabolic syndrome. Presented in Endocrinology and Metabolism Joint Poster Session in a Meeting Program of American Federation for Medical Research, 3/2006.

Last updated: 10/15/2013