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Stamatios Lerakis

Stamatios Lerakis

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory Heart and Vascular Center


Stamatios Lerakis is a Professor of Medicine and Radiology and Imaging Sciences in the Division of Cardiology at Emory University. He is Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering in Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. He received his M.D. degree from the Medical School of Athens (Greece) in 1988. He continued on doing clinical research in Nuclear Cardiology in Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Subsequently, he did his Internal Medicine training in the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia from 1991 to 1994 and completed his Fellowship in Critical Care in Brown University from 1994 to 1995. He went on to complete his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas from 1995 to 1998 and then did one year of Echocardiography Fellowship at Emory University from 1998 to 1999. After his Echocardiography Fellowship, he has stayed on as Faculty in the Division of Cardiology practicing clinical and non-invasive cardiology. Dr. Lerakis’ research interests are focused on non-invasive cardiology. He is especially interested in the correlation of different non-invasive modalities in the diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease. He is interested in Endocarditis and is the primary investigator at Emory University of the International Collaboration of Endocarditis study. He is extremely interested in the use of Echocardiography for guiding interventional procedures, device deployment and Transcatheter Valvular therapies of Structural and Valvular Heart Disease. Dr. Lerakis is the Director of Imaging for the Emory Structural and Valve Heart Center and Director, Cardiac MRI in Emory University Hospital and Emory Clinic. He is also interested in the study of Valvular Heart Disease by Echo and cardiac MRI and novel therapies for acute myocardial infarction patients. Dr. Lerakis is extremely interest in using 3D Echo for the evaluation of the cardiac anatomy and function. Dr. Lerakis attends at Emory University Hospital and Emory Clinic. He spends a lot of time teaching cardiology fellows, cardiac anesthesia fellows and radiology residents, basic and cutting edge technologies of non-invasive cardiac imaging modalities. He has received multiple teaching awards from the fellows.

Research Interest

Valvular Heart Disease, Echocardiography,Cardiac MRI, non-invasive cardiac imaging