2013 ARRS/Elio Bracco scholar Faisal Khosa
Travel and Training Bring
Global Perspective to
Faisal Khosa is a true believer in lifelong learning for continued personal and
professional development. Born and schooled in Pakistan, the young radiologist
completed a radiology residency in Ireland followed by five fellowships—in
cardiovascular imaging, oncoradiology, body MRI, emergency radiology, and
neuroradiology—at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He has received
many clinical service, teaching, and research awards, including the 2013 ARRS/Elio
Bracco Scholarship at the ARRS 2013 Annual Meeting. Currently, Dr. Khosa is an
assistant professor in radiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
In the following Q&A, Dr. Khosa pro- vides insight into his research interests and tells why his extensive training and
many mentors have been invaluable to him.
ance by these phenomenal mentors that
helped shape my interest in studying cardiovascular disease in cancer survivors.
You are the 2013 winner of the
ARRS/Elio Bracco Scholarship.
What attracted you to this
In my search for a career development
grant, I looked at several possibilities including past successful candidates and
their proposals. Based on this evaluation
it was obvious to me that the ARRS scholarship was the most suitable opportunity
for me. ARRS has a rich history of rewarding and facilitating innovative research projects of young investigators to
prepare them for positions of leadership
in academic radiology.
spending worldwide are cancer and cardiovascular disease. Similarly, of all etiologies of
noncancer mortality, cardiovascular disease
remains the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors.
With the emergence of newer treatments,
a wide range of cancer is now curable or
compatible with longer survival. Patients outlive their malignancy but present with the
long-term sequelae of cancer treatment.
Adding years to a cancer survivor’s life
by curing the cancer is laudable but not
sufficient; adding improved quality to
these additional years by anticipating, alleviating, and preventing the secondary
causes of morbidity and mortality is essential for the well-being of our patients.
As an ARRS/Elio Bracco scholar, your research work for the
next 2 years will focus on cancer survivors and the link to
cardiovascular disease. Why
have you opted for this area
The two most common causes of morbidity and mortality and the related health-care
Was there a specific patient
case you had that drew you
to this subject?
The profound and incremental impact
of cancer and cardiovascular disease became the subject of my interest for various
reasons. During my fellowship training in
Boston, I developed a passion for cardiovascular imaging as a result of working
with mentors Melvin Clouse and Warren
Manning, who have a keen interest in cardiovascular disease. Similarly, another
mentor, Jonathan Kruskal, inspired me to
research cancer-related problems. It is the
combination of clinical practice and guid-
“The paths we choose define the people we become.
My aim is to pursue and cultivate an academic career
that would include excellence in research, teaching, and
clinical service. “
How do you intend to make
your project a success, and can
you provide some insights?
Three important factors make Emory
University an ideal environment to pursue
this unique research endeavor. First, we
have a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary vascular imaging team under the
umbrella of Emory University, which offers a compelling, unique, and synergistic
advantage. The vascular imaging program
is outstanding and includes world-re-nowned scientists and physicians, including Arthur Stillman, Arshad Quyyumi,
Randolph Peterson, and Javed Butler. Vascular imaging research experts include
scientists such as John Oshinski and Hui
Mao. The Center for Systems Imaging provides tremendous support to the vascular
imaging program. Our project also leverages the most up-to-date equipment and
the support and scientific strengths from
NIH/NCI-funded programs. The resources and facilities to be utilized by our project are established and readily available.
Second, Emory is known as a world leader for pioneering research in specialty areas, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, ophthalmology, and
geriatrics. Third, the radiology department
chair and vice dean of research at Emory
University, Carolyn C. Meltzer, is a renowned
researcher and very supportive of junior faculty interested in research. She is committed
to ensuring appropriate career development
and mentorship for junior faculty.