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GLENDALE, CA—Dr. Gerald Pohost, a nationally recognized cardiovascular expert, has joined Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) as head of the Outpatient Cardiac Imaging Center. He is considered among the foremost authorities on cardiac imaging. The GAMC Outpatient Cardiac Imaging Center includes everything from education about quitting smoking to the most up-to-date methods of cardiac diagnosis.
Formerly chief of cardiovascular medicine and professor of medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine, he developed a program in the diagnosis of heart disease in women using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). A pioneer in cardiac imaging, he has written numerous articles and books covering every aspect of cardiac imaging.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Pohost on board. He brings a wealth of experience with a distinguished medical career spanning three decades. He broke new ground in his discipline and has contributed so much in the field of cardiovascular medicine,” said Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Robert Marchuk, Ancillary Services Vice President.
Prior to his term at Keck, he spent 18 years as Director, Division of Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. While there he developed top tier cardiovascular program and was built the first center focused on the application of MRI for cardiovascular disease.
GAMC’s cardiac imaging center offers a unique combination of medical expertise and cutting-edge technology. Patients can obtain accurate assessments of their risk for heart disease with a simple, non-invasive test. This lets doctors know the risk of their patient for suffering the complication of heart disease and guides them to the appropriate treatment.. GAMC’s nuclear cardiology system combines nuclear medicine with computer-aided tomography (CAT) scan technology, which delivers additional diagnostic accuracy over conventional nuclear cardiology systems.
Dr. Pohost has held several leadership positions with the American Heart Association (AHA) during his career. Nationally, he served as the Chairman of the American Heart Association's National Council on Clinical Cardiology, which is responsible for the issues facing clinical cardiology.
He has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award, Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association as well as the Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He also received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Awards of the AHA for the Excellence in Clinical investigation and the AHA Established investigator Awards.
Dr. Pohost graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine.. He completed residencies at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.