|Matthew Budoff, MD
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
Dr. Matthew Budoff is at the forefront of the medical community’s efforts to develop early detection methods for cardiac disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S. Given that approximately 50 percent of U.S. heart disease victims learn of their illness by experiencing a sometimes fatal heart attack, Dr. Budoff has devoted much of his time over the past 20 years to advancing procedures that can help doctors identify cardiac patients early, and place them on a therapeutic path to prevent a heart attack.
Besides his work on early detection of heart disease, Dr. Budoff is pursuing funded research to better understand the second highest cause of death in the U.S., lung disease, and its potential cardiologic correlations. He also participates in research examining the link between diabetes in young adults and heart disease. Finally, he recently completed a study looking at the incidence of heart disease among firefighters.
Dr. Budoff works on at least 50 active medical research trials at any given time, and is a frequent lecturer on topics of cardiology at symposia, congresses and annual conferences on every continent. He has authored or co-authored over 400 research papers, six books, and 36 book chapters.
In the past two years alone, Dr. Budoff has been honored with a dozen awards recognizing his professional skills and accomplishments. Of note is his receipt of the Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K.; the Top Oral Abstract at the American Heart Association’s 2009 meeting; his inclusion in five respected lists of top doctors in America; and, most recently, being named to the US News list of Top Doctors for 2011. Dr. Budoff graduated cum laude from the University of California, Riverside, with a major in biochemistry. He went on to graduate with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, receiving the school’s highest honor: Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society). Dr. Budoff returned to his native California to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in cardiology, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.