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Scott D. Solomon, MD
Senior Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Noninvasive Cardiology

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115


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Scott D. Solomon, MD is the Edward D. Frohlich Distinguished Chair, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his A.B. from Williams College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. 



Dr. Solomon’s research interests have focused on changes in ventricular structure and function following myocardial injury, modifiers of risk and influences of outcome in patients following myocardial infarction and with chronic heart failure, cardiovascular safety of non-cardiovascular therapies, factors that influence the transition from hypertension to heart failure, and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.  He has pioneered the use of cardiac imaging in cardiovascular drug and device development and use of imaging in clinical trials. He is an expert in cardiovascular safety and outcomes research, and led the NIH-sponsored Celecoxib Cross-trials Safety Study which directly informed regulatory agencies about the safety of widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. He and his research group have played a leading role in the development of several heart failure therapeutics, through phase 2 and phase 3 international clinical trials in heart failure, hypertension and myocardial infarction, including the SAVE, HEART, VALIANT, CHARM, PEACE, OVERTURE, MADIT-CRT, ALOFT, ALLAY,  TREAT, RED-HF, ALTITUDE, FREEDOM, TOPCAT, ASTRONAUT, ATMOSPHERE, COSMIC, APOLLO, PARADIGM, PARAGON, DAPA-HF, EXPLORER-HCM, GALACTIC-HF  trials. He directs the Cardiac Imaging Core Laboratory and the Clinical Trials Endpoints Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He directed the Cardiac Imaging Center for the NHLBI Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and Hispanic Community Health Study – Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL), the two largest NIH cohort studies. He led the first successful Phase II trial in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, the PARAGON-HF and the ongoing DELIVER and FINEARTS outcomes trial in HFpEF. He served as PI for the NHLBI funded INVESTED trial studying influenza vaccine to reduce cardiovascular events.


Dr. Solomon leads a research group consisting of 8 faculty members, 8 research fellows and 40 support staff. He currently receives, or has received, extensive research support from the NIH and multiple industry sponsors. He has directed the Harvard Medical School Cardiovascular Clerkship and the Echocardiography training program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has authored more than 700 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and editorials, three textbooks of cardiac imaging, including Essential Echocardiography, A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease (2018), and the Echocardiography sections for the 10th  and 11thedition of Braunwald’s Heart Disease and 19th and 20th edition Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. He is listed by Thomson-Reuters as one of the most highly cited scientists for the past 5 years. He has received a Doctor Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate) from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary.  He has served as Cardiology Section Editor at UpToDate, Associate Editor at Circulation, International Associate Editor at the European Heart Journal, and currently serves as editor for the 12th Edition of Braunwald’s Heart Disease. 


Harvard Medical School , 1986, MD
Williams College, 1981, AB

The Edward D. Frohlich Distinguished Chair
Doctor Honoris Causa, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

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Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Tromp J, Shen L, Jhund PS, Anand IS, Carson PE, Desai AS, Granger CB, Komajda M, McKelvie RS, Pfeffer MA, Solomon SD, Køber L, Swedberg K, Zile MR, Pitt B, Lam CSP, McMurray JJV. Age-Related Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Aug 06; 74(5):601-612.

2. Chandra A, Seidelmann SB, Claggett BL, Klein BE, Klein R, Shah AM, Solomon SD. The association of retinal vessel calibres with heart failure and long-term alterations in cardiac structure and function: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Aug 01.

3. Myhre PL, Vaduganathan M, Claggett BL, Lam CSP, Desai AS, Anand IS, Sweitzer NK, Fang JC, O'Meara E, Shah SJ, Shah AM, Lewis EF, Rouleau J, Pitt B, Solomon SD. Application of the H2 FPEF score to a global clinical trial of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: the TOPCAT trial. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Jul 22.

4. McMurray JJV, DeMets DL, Inzucchi SE, Køber L, Kosiborod MN, Langkilde AM, Martinez FA, Bengtsson O, Ponikowski P, Sabatine MS, Sjöstrand M, Solomon SD. The Dapagliflozin And Prevention of Adverse-outcomes in Heart Failure (DAPA-HF) trial: baseline characteristics. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Jul 15.

5. Minamisawa M, Seidelmann SB, Claggett B, Hegde SM, Shah AM, Desai AS, Lewis EF, Shah SJ, Sweitzer NK, Fang JC, Anand IS, O'Meara E, Rouleau JL, Pitt B, Solomon SD. Impact of Malnutrition Using Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction. JACC Heart Fail. 2019 Aug; 7(8):664-675.

6. Chandra A, Vaduganathan M, Lewis EF, Claggett BL, Rizkala AR, Wang W, Lefkowitz MP, Shi VC, Anand IS, Ge J, Lam CSP, Maggioni AP, Martinez F, Packer M, Pfeffer MA, Pieske B, Redfield MM, Rouleau JL, Van Veldhuisen DJ, Zannad F, Zile MR, McMurray JJV, Solomon SD. Health-Related Quality of Life in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: The PARAGON-HF Trial. JACC Heart Fail. 2019 Jul 10.

7. Myhre PL, Vaduganathan M, Solomon SD. Reply: Searching for Optimal Prognostic Marker of Heart Failure Progression in the Era of ARNI. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Jul 09; 74(1):165-166.

8. Solomon SD. Response by Solomon to Letter Regarding Article, "Effects of Patisiran, an RNA Interference Therapeutic, on Cardiac Parameters in Patients With Hereditary Transthyretin-Mediated Amyloidosis: Analysis of the APOLLO Study". Circulation. 2019 Jul 09; 140(2):e92-e93.

9. Shen L, Rørth R, Cosmi D, Kristensen SL, Petrie MC, Cosmi F, Latini R, Køber L, Anand IS, Carson PE, Granger CB, Komajda M, McKelvie RS, Solomon SD, Staszewsky L, Swedberg K, Huynh T, Zile MR, Jhund PS, McMurray JJV. Insulin treatment and clinical outcomes in patients with diabetes and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Aug; 21(8):974-984.

10. Selvaraj S, Claggett B, Shah SJ, Anand IS, Rouleau JL, Desai AS, Lewis EF, Vaduganathan M, Wang SY, Pitt B, Sweitzer NK, Pfeffer MA, Solomon SD. Utility of the Cardiovascular Physical Examination and Impact of Spironolactone in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction. Circ Heart Fail. 2019 Jul; 12(7):e006125.