Paolo Raggi

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept
(780) 407-8006
5A9-014 Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
11220 83 Avenue
Edmonton AB
T6G 2B7


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Personal Statement:

Despite extraordinary advances in the diagnosis and care of heart disease this ailment continues to affect a very large portion of the North American population and its related costs keep climbing. Reducing morbidity and mortality from heart disease will require a strong and integrated approach involving both research and clinical efforts aimed at prevention of disease rather than delayed care of its advanced complications. Research advances will require a better understanding of the interaction of genetic and environmental factors involved in the development of several cardiac ailments. Finally, rehabilitation may constitute the single most effective treatment to be offered to patients with prior cardiovascular events. My clinical practice and research work have been centered upon atherosclerosis prevention and early detection as well as rehabilitation for patients with diabetes mellitus, the metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, HIV infection and chronic rheumatological conditions.

Cardiologist Dr. Paolo Raggi is an internationally recognized clinician and researcher who received his MD degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy. He served a residency in internal medicine in New York City and completed a cardiovascular fellowship at the Long Island College Hospital-State University of New York in Brooklyn, NY. He was a professor of medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans and at Emory University before being recruited to the Department of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology in 2012.

Leadership and Collaborations:

Dr. Raggi is an adjunct professor of radiology as well as professor of population health and epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was on the expert committee of the 2018 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada. He is the former director of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and chair of cardiac research at the University of Alberta.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Raggi is a cardiology consultant at the University of Alberta Hospital, whose focus is general and preventive cardiology and vascular medicine using nuclear imaging, echocardiography, magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging.


Dr. Raggi’s research investigates the mechanisms and prevention of heart disease and spans atherosclerosis imaging; vascular calcification; lipid metabolism; cardiovascular disease associated with chronic kidney disease, rheumatological disorders, HIV infection, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome; the impact of mental stress disorders on coronary artery disease; and epidemiology and clinical trials. He has led several international randomized clinical trials and sat on the steering committee on numerous others.

The results of his work have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Archives of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, Kidney International, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Radiology, Chest and several others. He has contributed over 350 publications to major peer-reviewed journals and 30 chapters for books on cardiovascular imaging and preventive cardiology.

Dr. Raggi serves as a consultant for 30 scientific medical publications. He is co-editor of Atherosclerosis, and sits on the board of three peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography of which he was a co-founder. 

Dr. Raggi has received numerous national and international awards for clinical teaching and clinical investigation. He was named a Knight of the Order of Stars by the president of Italy in 2017, an honour bestowed upon Italian citizens who have distinguished themselves for their service to the Country of origin and/or adoptive countries.


Dr. Raggi lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and has been a research mentor for numerous trainees.

Featured Publications

Navarese E.P., Grzelakowska K., Mangini F., Kubica J., Banach M., Benn M., Binder C.J., Borén J., Catapano A., Kronenberg F., Mallat Z., Moulin P., Öörni K., Ray K.K., Roeters van Lennep J.E., Romeo S., Tokgozoglu L., von Eckardstein A., Zambon A., Raggi P.

Atherosclerosis. 2022 July; 352 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.05.012

Katsiki N., Raggi P., Korosoglou G.

Atherosclerosis. 2022 April; 346 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.02.019

Ahmed A.I., Raggi P., Al-Mallah M.H.

Atherosclerosis. 2022 April; 347 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.03.009

Kim Y.J., Levantsevych O.M., Elon L., Lewis T.T., Suglia S.F., Bremner J.D., Quyyumi A.A., Pearce B., Raggi P., Vaccarino V., Shah A.J.

Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2022 April; 35 (2):521-532 10.1002/jts.22766

Vaccarino V., Shah A.J., Moncayo V., Nye J., Piccinelli M., Ko Y.A., Ma X., Murrah N., Shallenberger L., Driggers E., Levantsevych O.M., Hammadah M., Lima B.B., Young A., O'Neal W., Alkhalaf M., Haffar A., Raggi P., Goldberg J., Smith N.L., Garcia E.V., Quyyumi A.A., Bremner J.D.

Biological Psychiatry. 2022 April; 91 (7):615-625 10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.09.016

Shah A.J., Weeks V., Lampert R., Bremner J.D., Kutner M., Raggi P., Sun Y.V., Lewis T.T., Levantsevych O., Kim Y.J., Hammadah M., Alkhoder A., Wittbrodt M., Pearce B.D., Ward L., Sheps D., Quyyumi A.A., Vaccarino V.

Journal of the American Heart Association. 2022 March; 11 (5) 10.1161/JAHA.121.021582

Raggi P.

J Nucl Cardiol. 2022 February; 29 (1):136-137 10.1007/s12350-020-02288-w

Di Carli MF, Giubbini R, Raggi P, et al | Edited by Di Carli M, Dondi M, Giubbini R, Paez D

Springer-Nature, Berlin Germany. 2022 January; Springer-Nature, Berlin, Germany

Di Carli MF, Giubbini R, Raggi P et al

IAEA Atlast of Cardiac PET/CT. 2022 January; Springer-Nature, Berlin, Germany

Milic J, Barbieri S, Gozzi L, Brigo A, Beghé B, Verduri A, Bacca E, Iadisernia V, Cuomo G, Dolci G, Yaacoub D, Aprile E, Belli M, Venuta M, Meschiari M, Sebastiani G, Clini E, Mussini C, Lonardo A, Guaraldi G, Raggi P.

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 January; 9 (3) 10.1093/ofid/ofac003

Raggi P., Stillman A.E.

Atherosclerosis. 2022 January; 346 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.02.004

Cerci R.J., Vitola J.V., Paez D., Zuluaga A., Bittencourt M.S., Sierra-Galan L.M., Carrascosa P., Campisi R., Gutierrez-Villamil C., Peix A., Chambers D., Velez M.S., Alvarado C.M.G., Ventura A.C.F., Maldonado A., Castanos A.P., Diaz T.C., Herrera Y., Vasquez M.C., Arrieta A.A., Mut F., Hirschfeld C., Malkovskiy E., Goebel B., Cohen Y., Randazzo M., Shaw L.J., Williams M.C., Villines T.C., Better N., Dorbala S., Raggi P., Pascual T.N.B., Pynda Y., Dondi M., Einstein A.J.

Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia. 2022 January; 118 (4):745-753 10.36660/abc.20210388

Navarese E.P., Lansky A.J., Kereiakes D.J., Kubica J., Gurbel P.A., Gorog D.A., Valgimigli M., Curzen N., Kandzari D.E., Bonaca M.P., Brouwer M., Uminska J., Jaguszewski M.J., Raggi P., Waksman R., Leon M.B., Wijns W., Andreotti F.

European Heart Journal. 2021 December; 42 (45):4638-4651 10.1093/eurheartj/ehab246

Vaccarino V., Almuwaqqat Z., Kim J.H., Hammadah M., Shah A.J., Ko Y.A., Elon L., Sullivan S., Shah A., Alkhoder A., Lima B.B., Pearce B., Ward L., Kutner M., Hu Y., Lewis T.T., Garcia E.V., Nye J., Sheps D.S., Raggi P., Bremner J.D., Quyyumi A.A.

JAMA. 2021 November; 326 (18):1818-1828 10.1001/jama.2021.17649

Alfano G., Ferrari A., Fontana F., Mori G., Magistroni R., Meschiari M., Franceschini E., Menozzi M., Cuomo G., Orlando G., Santoro A., Digaetano M., Puzzolante C., Carli F., Bedini A., Milic J., Coloretti I., Raggi P., Mussini C., Girardis M., Cappelli G., Guaraldi G.

Clinical and Experimental Nephrology. 2021 November; 25 (11):1203-1214 10.1007/s10157-021-02092-x

Dondi M., Milan E., Pontone G., Hirschfeld C.B., Williams M., Shaw L.J., Pynda Y., Raggi P., Cerci R., Vitola J., Better N., Villines T.C., Dorbala S., Pascual T.N.B., Giubbini R., Einstein A.J., Paez D.

Int J Cardiology. 2021 October; 341 10.1016/j.ijcard.2021.08.044

Bellasi A., Raggi P.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 October; 335 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.09.009

O'Sullivan P., Younger J., Van Pelt N., O'Malley S., Lenturut-Katal D., Hirschfeld C.B., Vitola J.V., Cerci R., Williams M.C., Shaw L.J., Raggi P., Villines T.C., Dorbala S., Choi A.D., Cohen Y., Goebel B., Malkovskiy E., Randazzo M., Pascual T.N.B., Pynda Y., Dondi M., Paez D., Einstein A.J., Better N.

Heart Lung Circ.. 2021 October; 30 (10):1477-1486 10.1016/j.hlc.2021.04.021

Guaraldi G., Milic J., Sebastiani G., Raggi P.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 October; 335 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.09.006

Lanzer P., Hannan F.M., Lanzer J.D., Janzen J., Raggi P., Furniss D., Schuchardt M., Thakker R., Fok P.W., Saez-Rodriguez J., Millan A., Sato Y., Ferraresi R., Virmani R., St. Hilaire C.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2021 September; 78 (11):1145-1165 10.1016/j.jacc.2021.06.049

Garcia M., Almuwaqqat Z., Moazzami K., Young A., Lima B.B., Sullivan S., Kaseer B., Lewis T.T., Hammadah M., Levantsevych O., Elon L., Bremner J.D., Raggi P., Shah A.J., Quyyumi A.A., Vaccarino V.

JAHA. 2021 September; 10 (17) 10.1161/JAHA.121.020828

Williams MC, Shaw L, Hirschfeld CB, Maurovich-Horvat P, Nørgaard BL, Pontone G, Jimenez-Heffernan A, Sinitsyn V, Sergienko V, Ansheles A, Bax JJ, Buechel R, Milan E, Slart RHJA, Nicol E, Bucciarelli-Ducci C, Pynda Y, Better N, Cerci R, Dorbala S, Raggi P, Villines TC, Vitola J, Malkovskiy E, Goebel B, Cohen Y, Randazzo M, Pascual TNB, Dondi M, Paez D, Einstein AJ | INCAPS COVID Investigators Group

Open Heart. 2021 August; 10.1136/openhrt-2021-001681

Ahmed A.I., Raggi P., Al-Mallah M.H.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 July; 328 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.05.015

Vaccarino V., Shah A.J., Mehta P.K., Pearce B., Raggi P., Bremner J.D., Quyyumi A.A.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 July; 328 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.05.020

Sinha S., Raggi P., Chertow G.M.

Current opinion in nephrology and hypertension. 2021 July; 30 (4):424-429 10.1097/MNH.0000000000000726

McKinnon I.I., Shah A.J., Lima B., Moazzami K., Young A., Sullivan S., Almuwaqqat Z., Garcia M., Elon L., Bremner J.D., Raggi P., Quyyumi A.A., Vaccarino V., Lewis T.T.

Psychosomatic Medicine. 2021 June; 83 (5):432-439 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000941

Raggi P.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 June; 326 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.04.004

Hirschfeld CB, Shaw LJ, Williams MC, Lahey R, Villines TC, Dorbala S, Choi AD, Shah NR, Bluemke DA, Berman DS, Blankstein R, Ferencik M, Narula J, Winchester D, Malkovskiy E, Goebel B, Randazzo MJ, Lopez-Mattei J, Parwani P, Vitola JV, Cerci RJ, Better N, Raggi P, Lu B, Sergienko V, Sinitsyn V, Kudo T, Nørgaard BL, Maurovich-Horvat P, Cohen YA, Pascual TNB, Pynda Y, Dondi M, Paez D, Einstein AJ; INCAPS-COVID Investigators Group.

JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 June; 10.1016/j.jcmg.2021.03.007

Ormseth M.J., Solus J.F., Sheng Q., Chen S.C., Ye F., Wu Q., Oeser A.M., Allen R., Raggi P., Vickers K.C., Stein C.M.

Clinical Rheumatology. 2021 June; 40 (6):2211-2219 10.1007/s10067-020-05573-8

Binder C.J., Borén J., Catapano A., Kronenberg F., Mallat Z., Negrini S., Öörni K., Raggi P., von Eckardstein A.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 June; 326 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.04.013

Androgen and estrogen receptor activation impacts cardiac function in a PCOS-prone rodent model.

Endo2021. 2021 May;

Navarese EP, Lansky AJ, Kereiakes DJ, Kubica J, Gurbel PA, Gorog DA, Valgimigli M, Curzen N, Kandzari DE, Bonaca MP, Brouwer M, Uminska J, Jaguszewski MJ, Raggi P, Waksman R, Leon MB, Wijns W, Andreotti F.

Eur Heart J. 2021 May; 10.1093/eurheartj/ehab246

Bushinsky D.A., Raggi P., Bover J., Ketteler M., Bellasi A., Rodriguez M., Sinha S., Garg R., Perelló J., Gold A., Chertow G.M.

Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN. 2021 May; 16 (5):736-745 10.2215/CJN.16931020

Dilsizian V., Gewirtz H., Marwick T.H., Kwong R.Y., Raggi P., Al-Mallah M.H., Herzog C.A.

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2021 March; 14 (3):669-682 10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.05.035

Archer J.M., Raggi P., Amin S.B., Zhang C., Gadiyaram V., Stillman A.E.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 March; 321 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.01.025

Raggi P., Abele J.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 February; 319 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.01.004

Malak M., Christie E., Wen K., Wasse H., Hajihosseini M., Kaul P., Raggi P.

Journal of Nephrology. 2021 February; 34 (1):197-209 10.1007/s40620-020-00736-x

Korosoglou G., Chatzizisis Y.S., Raggi P.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 January; 317 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2020.12.001

Raggi P., Stillman A.E.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 January; 316 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2020.10.893

O'Sullivan P., Younger J., Van Pelt N., O'Malley S., Lenturut-Katal D., Hirschfeld C.B., Vitola J.V., Cerci R., Williams M.C., Shaw L.J., Raggi P., Villines T.C., Dorbala S., Choi A.D., Cohen Y., Goebel B., Malkovskiy E., Randazzo M., Pascual T.N.B., Pynda Y., Dondi M., Paez D., Einstein A.J., Better N.

Heart Lung and Circulation. 2021 January; 10.1016/j.hlc.2021.04.021

Young A., Garcia M., Sullivan S.M., Liu C., Moazzami K., Ko Y.A., Shah A.J., Kim J.H., Pearce B., Uphoff I., Bremner J.D., Raggi P., Quyyumi A., Vaccarino V.

Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2021 January; 10.1161/ATVBAHA.121.316083

Einstein A.J., Shaw L.J., Hirschfeld C., Williams M.C., Villines T.C., Better N., Vitola J.V., Cerci R., Dorbala S., Raggi P., Choi A.D., Lu B., Sinitsyn V., Sergienko V., Kudo T., Nørgaard B.L., Maurovich-Horvat P., Campisi R., Milan E., Louw L., Allam A.H., Bhatia M., Malkovskiy E., Goebel B., Cohen Y., Randazzo M., Narula J., Pascual T.N.B., Pynda Y., Dondi M., Paez D.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2021 January; 77 (2):173-185 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.10.054

Ahmed A.I., Raggi P., Al-Mallah M.H.

Atherosclerosis. 2021 January; 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.05.015

Ureña-Torres P., D’Marco L., Raggi P., García-Moll X., Brandenburg V., Mazzaferro S., Lieber A., Guirado L., Bover J.

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. 2021 January; 35 (12):2046-2053 10.1093/NDT/GFZ133

Raggi P., Stein J.H.

Atherosclerosis. 2020 November; 312 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2020.09.015

Raggi P., Bellasi A., Sinha S., Bover J., Rodriguez M., Ketteler M., Bushinsky D.A., Garg R., Perelló J., Gold A., Chertow G.M.

Kidney International Reports. 2020 November; 5 (12):2178-2182 10.1016/j.ekir.2020.09.032

Sullivan S., Young A., Hammadah M., Lima B.B., Levantsevych O., Ko Y.A., Pearce B.D., Shah A.J., Kim J.H., Moazzami K., Driggers E.G., Haffar A., Ward L., Herring I., Hankus A., Lewis T.T., Mehta P.K., Douglas Bremner J., Raggi P., Quyyumi A., Vaccarino V.

Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 2020 November; 90 10.1016/j.bbi.2020.09.001

de Ronde M.W.J., Khoshiwal A., Planken R.N., Boekholdt S.M., Biemond M., Budoff M.J., Cooil B., Lotufo P.A., Bensenor I.M., Ohmoto-Sekine Y., Gudnason V., Aspelund T., Gudmundsson E.F., Zwinderman A.H., Raggi P., Pinto-Sietsma S.J.

Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. 2020 September; 14 (5):414-420 10.1016/j.jcct.2020.01.006