Joseph Polak, MD MPH
Adjunct Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Radiology

MDCM, McGill University
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health




A graduate of McGill University School of Medicine and of the Harvard School of Public Health, Professor Polak's major clinical interests are in the use of ultrasound imaging to detect and follow atherosclerosis. He has co-authored more than 310 peer reviewed papers and 100 non-peer reviewed articles and chapters. He is sole author of a text book on Vascular Ultrasound: ”Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound. A practical guide” as well as co-editor of a textbook: “Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography”. He has served on the Editorial Board of Radiology and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neuroimaging, the Journal of Vascular Ultrasound, and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is past-president of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, has served on the Board of the American Institute in Ultrasound in Medicine, and is currently serving on the Board of the Society of Vascular Medicine. He has been co-investigator and director of the Ultrasound Reading Center that was funded by the NIH and evaluated many ultrasound markers of atherosclerosis such as carotid artery intima-media thickness, carotid artery plaque, carotid artery distensibility, brachial artery reactivity, and currently brachial artery intima-media thickness. He is working on developing a calibrated methodology that can be used for cardiovascular risk assessment.

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  1. Aladin AI, Soliman EZ, Kitzman DW, Dardari Z, Rasool SH, Yeboah J, Budoff MJ, Psaty BM, Ouyang P, Polak JF, Blumenthal RS, McEvoy JW, Gandhi SK, Herrington DM. Comparison of the Relation of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness With Incident Heart Failure With Reduced Versus Preserved Ejection Fraction (from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis [MESA]). Am J Cardiol. 2021 Mar 03. PMID: 33667446
     
  2. Polak JF, Kremkau FW. The 60° Doppler Angle Correction Paradigm: Reality or Myth? (an Uncomfortable Truth?). J Ultrasound Med. 2020 Dec 23. PMID: 33355961
     
  3. Razavi AC, Wong N, Budoff M, Bazzano LA, Kelly TN, He J, Fernandez C, Lima J, Polak JF, Mongraw-Chaffin M, deFilippi C, Szklo M, Bertoni AG, Blumenthal RS, Blaha MJ, Whelton SP. Predicting Long-Term Absence of Coronary Artery Calcium in Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: The MESA Study. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 Jan; 14(1):219-229. PMID: 33129732
     
  4. Baradaran H, Demissie S, Himali JJ, Beiser A, Gupta A, Polak JF, DeCarli C, Seshadri S, Romero JR. The progression of carotid atherosclerosis and imaging markers of dementia. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12015.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32296732
     
  5. Bahls M, Lorenz MW, Dörr M, Gao L, Kitagawa K, Tuomainen TP, Agewall S, Berenson G, Catapano AL, Norata GD, Bots ML, van Gilst W, Asselbergs FW, Brouwers FP, Uthoff H, Sander D, Poppert H, Hecht Olsen M, Empana JP, Schminke U, Baldassarre D, Veglia F, Franco OH, Kavousi M, de Groot E, Mathiesen EB, Grigore L, Polak JF, Rundek T, Stehouwer CD, Skilton MR, Hatzitolios AI, Savopoulos C, Ntaios G, Plichart M, McLachlan S, Lind L, Willeit P, Steinmetz H, Desvarieux M, Ikram MA, Johnsen SH, Schmidt C, Willeit J, Ducimetiere P, Price JF, Bergström G, Kauhanen J, Kiechl S, Sitzer M, Bickel H, Sacco RL, Hofman A, Völzke H, Thompson SG. Progression of conventional cardiovascular risk factors and vascular disease risk in individuals: insights from the PROG-IMT consortium. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2020 02; 27(3):234-243. PMID: 31619084; DOI: 10.1177/2047487319877078;
     
  6. Prasada S, Shah SJ, Michos ED, Polak JF, Greenland P. Ankle-brachial index and incident heart failure with reduced versus preserved ejection fraction: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Vasc Med. 2019 12; 24(6):501-510. PMID: 31480898; DOI: 10.1177/1358863X19870602;
     
  7. Ong KL, Campbell S, Wu BJ, McClelland RL, Kokkinos J, Szklo M, Polak JF, Allison MA, Rye KA. Relationship of fibroblast growth factor 21 with subclinical atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2019 08; 287:46-53. PMID: 31212234; DOI: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2019.06.898;
     
  8. Oni E, Budoff MJ, Zeb I, Li D, Veledar E, Polak JF, Blankstein R, Wong ND, Blaha MJ, Agatston A, Blumenthal RS, Nasir K. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Is Associated With Arterial Distensibility and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: (from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Am J Cardiol. 2019 08 15; 124(4):534-538. PMID: 31262497
     
  9. Polak JF, Alessi-Chinetti JM, Kremkau FW. Doppler Velocity Estimates of Internal Carotid Artery Stenosis: Angle Correction Parallel to the Color Doppler Lumen Versus Parallel to the Artery Wall. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Dec; 38(12):3211-3218. PMID: 31124163; DOI: 10.1002/jum.15029;
     
  10. Polak JF, Herrington D, O'Leary DH. Associations of edge-detected and manual-traced common carotid artery intima-media thickness with incident peripheral artery disease: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Vasc Med. 2019 08; 24(4):306-312. PMID: 31023166; DOI: 10.1177/1358863X19835925;
     
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Bar chart showing 322 publications over 39 distinct years, with a maximum of 23 publications in 2000

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