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photo Prem Soman, MD, PhD, FRCP, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Director, Nuclear Cardiology

Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship


Phone: 412-647-3435

Office: UPMC-Heart and Vascular Institute
A 429, Scaife Hall, 200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-3435
Fax: 412-647-3873
Education and Training
MBBS, JN Medical College,Karnatak University, India
MD, PGIMER, Chandigarh , India
MRCP (UK), Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
PhD, University of Guildford, Surrey, UK
Residency, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
Residency, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA
Clinical Research Fellowship, Cardiology, Northwick Park Hospital & Inst. of Medical Research, Harrow, UK
Fellowship, Cardiology, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Research Interest
Dr. Soman’s research focuses on the use of radionuclide-based imaging techniques in cardiac diseases, particularly heart failure. Current interests include the use of myocardial SPECT imaging for left ventricular dyssynchrony assessment, an area in which his group has contributed seminal work (Mati Friehling, Young Investigator Award, ASNC 2010; Saurabh Malhotra, Young Investigator Award, ASNC 2013).
Clinical Interest
Dr. Soman practices clinical cardiology, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, with areas of focus in the noninvasive diagnosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease, heart failure and valvular disease, and the management of cardiac disease in patients with chronic kidney disease. Under his direction, the nuclear cardiology laboratory performs high-volume, state-of-the art imaging, and is a national leader in clinical research including the use of a new generation, solid-state SPECT camera and innovative imaging protocols that have enabled significant reductions in radiation dose to patients.
He was selected “Best Doctors of Pittsburgh” in 2013 and 2014.
Educational Interest
Clinical cardiology, bedside medicine, clinical decision making, image interpretation
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Selected Publications:
Budoff, M, Raggi P, Beller G, Berman D, Druz R, Malik S, Rigolin V, Weigold W, Soman P. Noninvasive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment of the Asymptomatic Diabetic Patient: The Imaging Council of the American College of Cardiology. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016; 9(2): 176-192.
Shah N, Cullen M, Cheezum M, Julien H, Sivaram C, Soman P. Current state of advanced cardiovascular imaging training in the United States. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmg.
Soman P. What’s in a name?. J Nucl Cardiol. 2016; 23(2): 173.
Berman D, Rozanski A, Soman P. Value-based cardiac imaging and the imaging expert. JACC. 2015; 66: 2563-2568.
Harris D, Wong T, Soman P. Direct visualization of regional cardiac sympathetic dysfunction in stress induced cardiomyopathy. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. 2015; 22(6): 1317-1319.
Soman P. Adapting to a changing healthcare environment. JACC Imaging. 2014; 7: 854-855(ImagingCouncilchairman'spage).
Malhotra S, Ravi S, Kliner D, Follansbee W, Soman P. Relationship between silent myocardial ischemia and coronary artery risk factors. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. 2013; 5: 731-738.
Ludwig D, Friehling M, Schwartzman D, Saba S, Follansbee W, Soman P. On the importance of image gating for the assay of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony using SPECT. Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2012; 53: 1892-1896.
Friehling M, Chen J, Saba S, Bazaz R, Schwartzman D, Adelstein E, Garcia E, Follansbee W, Soman P. A prospective pilot study to evaluate the relationship between acute change in LV synchrony after cardiac resynchronization therapy and patient outcome using a single-injection gated-SPECT protocol. Circulation CV Imaging. 2011; 4: 532-539.
Soman P, Dave D, Udelson J, Han H, Ouda H, Patel A, Karas R, Kuvin J. Vascular endothelial dysfunction is associated with reversible myocardial perfusion defects in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. 2006; 6: 756-760.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: An Evaluation of the Distribution of Equipment Vintage Among Echocardiography Laboratories Applying for IAC Accreditation and its Association with Laboratory Quality
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Intersocietal Accreditation Commission
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016
Title: Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Astellas Pharma US
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: NYU School of Medicine/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL119153
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2016
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: NYU School of Medicine/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: U01 HL117905
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2016
Title: International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: New York School of Medicine/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: U01 HL105907
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2018
Title: Hemostasis and Vascular Biology Research Institute - Al Ghouleh McTiernan Pilot
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Institute for Transfusion Medicine
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2008
End Year: 2028
Notable Achievements
Hermann Blumgart Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service to Nuclear Cardiology (Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging), 2016
Conferral of Tenure, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Homi Bhabha Memorial Award, Nuclear Cardiology Society of India, 2011
Associate Editor, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, 2013-present
Vice-President, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 2016
Chair, Imaging Council, American College of Cardiology, 2014-2016