New Faculty

Dr. Farhan Katchi joins the Department of Medicine

Farhan Katchi, MD

Dr. Farhan Katchi attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and stayed to complete his internal medicine residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital. He then completed his Cardiovascular Diseases fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, working alongside Marfan’s experts, Drs. Richard Devereux and Mary Roman. He became proficient in echocardiography, cardiac CT, nuclear, and vascular medicine and was also elected and served as chief-cardiology fellow. As assistant professor at Drexel University, he applied his clinical background and expertise in cardiac imaging to build and grow the Allegheny Health Network Center for Aortic Diseases, intended to streamline and consolidate multidisciplinary care between cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and radiology. In addition to delivering more effective care, he built a robust clinical, genetic, and imaging research database to collaborate with larger international registries such as IRAD and the GenTAC Alliance. His scholarly pursuits have focused primarily on cardiac CT.

In 2019, Dr. Katchi was the lead author in a study outlining imaging predictors of permanent pacemaker implantation following transcatheter aortic valve replacements published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. He is currently a co-principal investigator in the prospective international multi-center PRECISE trial that is enrolling patients to study the accuracy, efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of using upfront cardiac CT compared to standard of care for stable chest symptoms. He is also a co-investigator in EMERALD II, a multinational, multi-center CT study to validate the increment in discrimination and reclassification ability of a prediction model that includes hemodynamic parameters over a model using only anatomical stenosis severity and adverse plaque characteristics. Dr. Katchi hopes to continue to leverage his non-invasive imaging and critical care skills towards caring for all cardiovascular patients, particularly those with aortic diseases. Additionally, he hopes to remain engaged in cardiovascular research in the area of Cardiac CT, medical education, and to play an active role in mentoring trainees.