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Naser Ahmadi, M.D., Ph.D. [ Edit Your Profile ]

Department Email Address: nahmadi@mednet.ucla.edu
Email Address: ahmadi@ucla.edu
Work Email Address: ahmadi@ucla.edu

Work Phone Number: 3108030443

Mailing Address:
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Work
UCLA Assistant Professor, Cardiology

Research Interests

psychosomatic medicine, cardiology, neuroscience and neuropsychiatry, imaging and genetics, epidemiology and statistics


Education:
Degrees:
M.D., Isfahan University
Ph.D.
M.S.
Residency:
Chicago Medical School
UCLA

About

My research area is focused on psychosomatic medicine, neuroscience and neuropsychiatry, cardiology, and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry on PTSD, TBI, obesity and its related medical cormorbidities. My primary passion is academia, I love to build my academic career as a physician scientist at UCLA, and continue this novel scientific adventure, and passionately serve our patients.

Publications
Ahmadi Naser, Nabavi Vahid, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Zeb Irfan, Flores Ferdinand, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew, Aged garlic extract with supplement is associated with increase in brown adipose, decrease in white adipose tissue and predict lack of progression in coronary atherosclerosis. International journal of cardiology. 2013; 17(2): .
Zeb Irfan, Ahmadi Naser, Molnar Miklos Z, Li Dong, Shantouf Ronney, Hatamizadeh Parta, Choi Taeyoung, Kalantar-Zadeh Kamyar, Budoff Matthew J, Association of coronary artery calcium score and vascular dysfunction in long-term hemodialysis patients. Hemodialysis international. International Symposium on Home Hemodialysis. 2013; 17(2): 216-22.
Kiramijyan Sarkis, Ahmadi Naser, Isma'eel Hussain, Flores Ferdinand, Shaw Leslee J, Raggi Paolo, Budoff Matthew J, Impact of coronary artery calcium progression and statin therapy on clinical outcome in subjects with and without diabetes mellitus. The American journal of cardiology. 2013; 111(3): 356-61.
Choi Tae-Young, Ahmadi Naser, Sourayanezhad Souraya, Zeb Irfan, Budoff Matthew J, Relation of vascular stiffness with epicardial and pericardial adipose tissues, and coronary atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2013; 17(2): .
Zeb Irfan, Ahmadi Naser, Nasir Khurram, Kadakia Jigar, Larijani Vahid Nabavi, Flores Ferdinand, Li Dong, Budoff Matthew J, Aged garlic extract and coenzyme Q10 have favorable effect on inflammatory markers and coronary atherosclerosis progression: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of cardiovascular disease research. 2012; 3(3): 185-90.
Hamirani Yasmin S, Kadakia Jigar, Pagali Sandeep R, Zeb Irfan, Isma'eel Hussain, Ahmadi Naser, Sarraf Guilda, Choi TaeYoung, Patel Amish, Budoff Matthew J, Assessment of progression of coronary atherosclerosis using multidetector computed tomography angiography (MDCT). International journal of cardiology. 2011; 149(2): 270-4.
Foster Temitope, Budoff Matthew J, Saab Sammy, Ahmadi Naser, Gordon Craig, Guerci Alan D, Atorvastatin and antioxidants for the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: the St Francis Heart Study randomized clinical trial. The American journal of gastroenterology. 2011; 106(1): 71-7.
Ahmadi Naser, Eshaghian Shervin, Huizenga Robert, Sosnin Kira, Ebrahimi Ramin, Siegel Robert, Effects of intense exercise and moderate caloric restriction on cardiovascular risk factors and inflammation. The American journal of medicine. 2011; 124(10): 978-82.
Ahmadi Naser, Nabavi Vahid, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Flores Ferdinand, Azmoon Shahdad, Ismaeel Hussain, Shavelle David, Mao Song S, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew J, Impaired aortic distensibility measured by computed tomography is associated with the severity of coronary artery disease. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging. 2011; 27(3): 459-69.
Nabavi Vahid, Ahmadi Naser, Bhatia Harpreet S, Flores Ferdinand, Ebrahimi Ramin, Karlsberg Ronald P, Budoff Matthew J, Increased carotid wall thickness measured by computed tomography is associated with the presence and severity of coronary artery calcium. Atherosclerosis. 2011; 215(1): 103-9.
Gupta Mohit, Hacioglu Yalcin, Kadakia Jigar, Ahmadi Naser, Gao Yanlin, Mao Song S, Budoff Matthew J, Left ventricular volume: an optimal parameter to detect systolic dysfunction on prospectively triggered 64-multidetector row computed tomography: another step towards reducing radiation exposure. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging. 2011; 27(7): 1015-23.
Ahmadi Naser, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Blumenthal Roger S, Budoff Matthew J, Stone Gregg W, Ebrahimi Ramin, Mortality in individuals without known coronary artery disease but with discordance between the Framingham risk score and coronary artery calcium. The American journal of cardiology. 2011; 107(6): 799-804.
Ahmadi Naser, Nabavi Vahid, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Flores Ferdinand, French William J, Mao Song S, Shavelle David, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew, Mortality incidence of patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease diagnosed by computed tomography angiography. The American journal of cardiology. 2011; 107(1): 10-6.
Azmoon Shah, Demarest Caitlin, Pucillo Anthony L, Hjemdahl-Monsen Craig, Kay Richard, Ahmadi Naser, Aronow Wilbert S, Frishman William H, Neurologic and cardiac benefits of therapeutic hypothermia. Cardiology in review. 2011; 19(3): 108-14.
Gupta Mohit, Kadakia Jigar, Hacioglu Yalcin, Ahmadi Naser, Patel Amish, Choi Taeyoung, Yamada Gregg, Budoff Matthew, Non-contrast cardiac computed tomography can accurately detect chronic myocardial infarction: Validation study. Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. 2011; 18(1): 96-103.
Hamirani Yasmin S, Zeb Irfan, Pagali Sandeep R, Kadakia Jigar, Saraff Guilda, Choi TaeYoung, Ahmadi Naser, Isma'eel Hussain, Budoff Matthew J, Normalization of automatic plaque quantification in cardiac computed tomography (CCT). International journal of cardiology. 2011; 146(2): 282-90.
Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Ahmadi Naser, Eshaghian Shervin, Budoff Matthew, Porcelain heart. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2011; 5(3): 183-5.
Ahmadi Naser, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Mirshkarlo Hormoz B, Budoff Matthew, Yehuda Rachel, Ebrahimi Ramin, Post-traumatic stress disorder, coronary atherosclerosis, and mortality. The American journal of cardiology. 2011; 108(1): 29-33.
Ahmadi Naser, Mao Song S, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Hacioglu Yalcin, Flores Ferdinand, Gao Yanlin, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew, Relation of subclinical left and right ventricular dysfunctions measured by computed tomography angiography with the severity of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease. 2011; 22(6): 380-7.
Ahmadi Naser, McQuilkin Gary L, Akhtar Mohammad W, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Kleis Stanley J, Hecht Harvey, Naghavi Morteza, Budoff Matthew, Reproducibility and variability of digital thermal monitoring of vascular reactivity. Clinical physiology and functional imaging. 2011; 31(6): 422-8.
Ahmadi Naser, Clouse Melvin, Aortic valve calcification and subclinical coronary atherosclerosis. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2010; 4(1): 47-8.
Hamirani Yasmin S, Nasir Khurram, Gopal Ambarish, Ahmadi Naser, Pal Raveen, Flores Ferdinand, Blumenthal Roger S, Budoff Matthew J, Atherosclerotic plaque composition among patients with stenotic coronary artery disease on noninvasive CT angiography. Coronary artery disease. 2010; 21(4): 222-7.
Ahmadi Naser, Tirunagaram Sumithra, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Flores Ferdinand, Saeed Anila, Hecht Harvey, Naghavi Morteza, Budoff Matthew, Concomitant insulin resistance and impaired vascular function is associated with increased coronary artery calcification. International journal of cardiology. 2010; 144(1): 163-5.
Ahmadi Naser, Shavelle David, Nabavi Vahid, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Moshrefi Shahin, Flores Ferdinand, Azmoon Shahdad, Mao Song S, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew, Coronary distensibility index measured by computed tomography is associated with the severity of coronary artery disease. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2010; 4(2): 119-26.
Isma'eel Hussain, Hamirani Yasmin S, Daga Nikhil, Kadakia Jigar, Mao Songshuo, Ahmadi Naser, Budoff Matthew J, Determinants of left main calcifications in a cohort of 2136 diabetes patients. International journal of cardiology. 2010; 142(3): e48-50.
Ahmadi Naser, Nabavi Vahid, Yang Eric, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Lakis Mustapha, Flores Ferdinand, Zeb Irfan, Bevinal Manzoor, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew, Increased epicardial, pericardial, and subcutaneous adipose tissue is associated with the presence and severity of coronary artery calcium. Academic radiology. 2010; 17(12): 1518-24.
Nasir Khurram, Gopal Ambarish, Blankstein Ron, Ahmadi Naser, Pal Raveen, Khosa Faisal, Shaw Leslee J, Blumenthal Roger S, Budoff Matthew J, Noninvasive assessment of gender differences in coronary plaque composition with multidetector computed tomographic angiography. The American journal of cardiology. 2010; 105(4): 453-8.
Abdelkarim Murrad J, Ahmadi Naser, Gopal Ambarish, Hamirani Yasmin, Karlsberg Ronald P, Budoff Matthew J, Noninvasive quantitative evaluation of coronary artery stent patency using 64-row multidetector computed tomography. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2010; 4(1): 29-37.
Girsky Marc J, Shinbane Jerold S, Ahmadi Naser, Mao Songshou, Flores Ferdinand, Budoff Matthew J, Prospective randomized trial of venous cardiac computed tomographic angiography for facilitation of cardiac resynchronization therapy. Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE. 2010; 33(10): 1182-7.
Ahmadi Naser, Tsimikas Sotirios, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Saeed Anila, Nabavi Vahid, Bevinal Manzoor A, Kadakia Jigar, Flores Ferdinand, Ebrahimi Ramin, Budoff Matthew J, Relation of oxidative biomarkers, vascular dysfunction, and progression of coronary artery calcium. The American journal of cardiology. 2010; 105(4): 459-66.
Shantouf Ronney S, Budoff Matthew J, Ahmadi Naser, Ghaffari Arshia, Flores Ferdinand, Gopal Ambarish, Noori Nazanin, Jing Jennie, Kovesdy Csaba P, Kalantar-Zadeh Kamyar, Total and individual coronary artery calcium scores as independent predictors of mortality in hemodialysis patients. American journal of nephrology. 2010; 31(5): 419-25.
Foster Gary P, Dunn Adam K, Abraham Selwin, Ahmadi Naser, Sarraf Guilda, Accurate measurement of mitral annular dimensions by echocardiography: importance of correctly aligned imaging planes and anatomic landmarks. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography. 2009; 22(5): 458-63.
Budoff Matthew J, Ahmadi Naser, Gul Khawar M, Liu Sandy T, Flores Ferdinand R, Tiano Jima, Takasu Junichiro, Miller Elizabeth, Tsimikas Sotirios, Aged garlic extract supplemented with B vitamins, folic acid and L-arginine retards the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis: a randomized clinical trial. Preventive medicine. 2009; 49(2-3): 101-7.
Shantouf Ronney, Kovesdy Csaba P, Kim Youngmee, Ahmadi Naser, Luna Amanda, Luna Claudia, Rambod Mehdi, Nissenson Allen R, Budoff Matthew J, Kalantar-Zadeh Kamyar, Association of serum alkaline phosphatase with coronary artery calcification in maintenance hemodialysis patients. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN. 2009; 4(6): 1106-14.
Gopal Ambarish, Nasir Khurram, Ahmadi Naser, Gul Khawar, Tiano Jima, Flores Margarita, Young Emily, Witteman Anne M, Holland Tate C, Flores Ferdinand, Mao Song S, Budoff Matthew J, Cardiac computed tomographic angiography in an outpatient setting: an analysis of clinical outcomes over a 40-month period. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2009; 3(2): 90-5.
Ibebuogu Uzoma N, Nasir Khurram, Gopal Ambarish, Ahmadi Naser, Mao Song S, Young Emily, Honoris Lily, Nuguri Vivek K, Lee Robert S, Usman Nudrat, Rostami Babak, Pal Raveen, Flores Ferdinand, Budoff Matthew J, Comparison of atherosclerotic plaque burden and composition between diabetic and non diabetic patients by non invasive CT angiography. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging. 2009; 25(7): 717-23.
Mao Song S, Pal Raveen S, McKay Charles R, Gao Yan G, Gopal Ambarish, Ahmadi Naser, Child Janis, Carson Sivi, Takasu Junichiro, Sarlak Behnaz, Bechmann Daniel, Budoff Matthew Jay, Comparison of coronary artery calcium scores between electron beam computed tomography and 64-multidetector computed tomographic scanner. Journal of computer assisted tomography. 2009; 33(2): 175-8.
Budoff Matthew J, Karwasky Robert, Ahmadi Naser, Nasserian Cyrus, Pratt Frank, Stephens Jamey, Chang William W, Flores Ferdinand R, Rizzo John A, Gunnarsson Candace L, McKay Charles R, Cost-effectiveness of multidetector computed tomography compared with myocardial perfusion imaging as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography in asymptomatic firefighters with positive treadmill tests. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2009; 3(5): 323-30.
Foster Gary, Shah Harsh, Sarraf Guilda, Ahmadi Naser, Budoff Matthew, Detection of noncalcified and mixed plaque by multirow detector computed tomography. Expert review of cardiovascular therapy. 2009; 7(1): 57-64.
Budoff Matthew J, Ahmadi Naser, Sarraf Guilda, Gao Yanlin, Chow David, Flores Ferdinand, Mao Song S, Determination of left ventricular mass on cardiac computed tomographic angiography. Academic radiology. 2009; 16(6): 726-32.
Gul Khawar M, Ahmadi Naser, Wang Zhiying, Jamieson Craig, Nasir Khurram, Metcalfe Ralph, Hecht Harvey S, Hartley Craig J, Naghavi Morteza, Digital thermal monitoring of vascular function: a novel tool to improve cardiovascular risk assessment. Vascular medicine (London, England). 2009; 14(2): 143-8.
Ahmadi Naser, Nabavi Vahid, Nuguri Vivek, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Flores Ferdinand, Akhtar Mohammad, Kleis Stanley, Hecht Harvey, Naghavi Morteza, Budoff Matthew, Low fingertip temperature rebound measured by digital thermal monitoring strongly correlates with the presence and extent of coronary artery disease diagnosed by 64-slice multi-detector computed tomography. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging. 2009; 25(7): 725-38.
Ibebuogu Uzoma N, Ahmadi Naser, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Ramirez Jessica, Flores Ferdinand, Young Emily, Gopal Ambarish, Wong Nathan D, Budoff Matthew J, Measures of coronary artery calcification and association with the metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Journal of the cardiometabolic syndrome. 2009; 4(1): 6-11.
Isma'eel Hussain, Hamirani Yasmin S, Mehrinfar Ramona, Mao Songshuo, Ahmadi Naser, Larijani Vahid, Nair Subu, Budoff Matthew J, Optimal phase for coronary interpretations and correlation of ejection fraction using late-diastole and end-diastole imaging in cardiac computed tomography angiography: implications for prospective triggering. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging. 2009; 25(7): 739-49.
Gopal Ambarish, Mao Song S, Karlsberg Daniel, Young Emily, Waggoner Joshua, Ahmadi Naser, Pal Raveen S, Leal John, Karlsberg Ronald P, Budoff Matthew J, Radiation reduction with prospective ECG-triggering acquisition using 64-multidetector Computed Tomographic angiography. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging. 2009; 25(4): 405-16.
Ahmadi Naser, Usman Nudrat, Shim John, Nuguri Vivek, Vasinrapee Panukorn, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Wang Zhiying, Foster Gary P, Nasir Khurram, Hecht Harvey, Naghavi Morteza, Budoff Matthew, Vascular dysfunction measured by fingertip thermal monitoring is associated with the extent of myocardial perfusion defect. Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. 2009; 16(3): 431-9.
Ahmadi Naser, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Gul Khawar, Leibfried Michael, DeMoss Daniel, Lee Robert, Flores Ferdinand, Nasir Khurram, Hecht Harvey, Naghavi Morteza, Budoff Matthew J, Vascular function measured by fingertip thermal reactivity is impaired in patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2009; 11(11): 678-84.
Shantouf Ronney, Budoff Matthew J, Ahmadi Naser, Tiano Jima, Flores Ferdinand, Kalantar-Zadeh Kamyar, Effects of sevelamer and calcium-based phosphate binders on lipid and inflammatory markers in hemodialysis patients. American journal of nephrology. 2008; 28(2): 275-9.
Ostrom Matthew P, Gopal Ambarish, Ahmadi Naser, Nasir Khurram, Yang Eric, Kakadiaris Ioannis, Flores Ferdinand, Mao Song S, Budoff Matthew J, Mortality incidence and the severity of coronary atherosclerosis assessed by computed tomography angiography. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2008; 52(16): 1335-43.
Ahmadi Naser, Hajsadeghi Fereshteh, Gul Khawar, Vane Jackson, Usman Nudrat, Flores Ferdinand, Nasir Khurram, Hecht Harvey, Naghavi Morteza, Budoff Matthew, Relations between digital thermal monitoring of vascular function, the Framingham risk score, and coronary artery calcium score. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2008; 2(6): 382-8.
Shareghi Shahrzad, Ahmadi Naser, Young Emily, Gopal Ambarish, Liu Sandy T, Budoff Matthew J, Prognostic significance of zero coronary calcium scores on cardiac computed tomography. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. 2007; 1(3): 155-9.