Victor G. Davila-Roman, MD

Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Radiology

Medical Director, Cardiovascular Imaging and Clinical Research Core Laboratory (CIRCL)

Associate Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) Clinical Science Research Core Director, Mentors In Medicine


Specialty Areas

  • Cardiology


Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Cardiomyopathy, magnetic resonance imaging, myocardiology, hypertension, vascular surgery, coronary artery disease, supervising and interpreting diagnostic tests, such as echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms, treadmill stress test, Holter, Event and Loop monitors


Board Certification

  • FLEX
  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine 1988
  • Diplomate, Cardiovascular Subspecialty, American Board of Internal Medicine-- certified
  • Diplomate, Nuclear Cardiology, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Examination of Special Competency in Adult Echocardiography (ASEeXAM), National Board of Echocardiography


Medical Education

  • B.S.: Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA, 1977
  • Medical Degree: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1981
  • Postgraduate:  Internal Medicine Internship, Brooke Army Medical Center, 1982

                               Internal Medicine Residency, The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, 1988

                               Adult Cardiovascular Diseases, Fellowship, The Jewish Hospital of St.Louis, 1990

                               Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington

University School of Medicine, 1991

                               Nuclear Cardiology Residency, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Division of

Nuclear Medicine, 1995


Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital


Honors and Awards

  • Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, UPR 1977
  • Beta Beta Beta Biology Honorary Society, UPR 1975
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal 1986
  • Jewish Hospital Biomedical Research Support Grant (BSRG) 1990
  • American College Cardiology / European Society Cardiology
  • International Academic Exchange Program 1998



  • Subherwal S, de las Fuentes L, Waggoner AD, Heuerman S, Spence S, Dávila-Román VG. Central aortic blood pressure modulates diastolic function in subjects with normal left ventricular systolic function. Am Heart J 2010;159:1081-1088. PMCID: PMC2913412.
  • Juang JMJ, de las Fuentes L, Waggoner AD, Gu CC, Dávila-Román VG. Association and Interaction of PPAR-complex Gene Variants with Latent Traits of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function. BMC Med Genetics 2010;11:65. PMCID: PMC3874543.
  • de las Fuentes L, Spence KE, Dávila-Román VG, Waggoner AD. Are Normative Values for LV Geometry and Mass Based on Fundamental Imaging Valid With Use of Harmonic Imaging? J Am Soc Echo 2010;23:1317-1322.
  • Mathews SJ, de las Fuentes L, Podaralla P, Cabellon A, Bierhals A, Spence K, Slatopolsky E, Davila-Roman VG, Delmez JA. Effects of Sodium Thiosulfate on Vascular Calcification in ESRD: A Pilot Study of Feasibility, Safety, and Efficacy. Am J Nephrol 2011;33:131-138.
  • Lin CH, Kurup S, Herrero P, Schechtman KB, Eagon JC, Klein S, Dávila-Román VG, Stein RI, Dorn GW, Gropler RJ, Peterson LR. Myocardial Oxygen Consumption Change Predicts Ventricular Relaxation Improvement in Obese Humans after Weight Loss. Obesity 2011;19:1804-1812.
  • Yang W, de las Fuentes L, Dávila-Román VG, Gu CC. Variable Set Enrichment Analysis in Genome-wide Association Studies. Eur J Hum Genet 2011;1;1-8.
  • Knight-Perry JE, de las Fuentes L, Waggoner AD, Hoffman RG, Blinder MA, Dávila-Román VG, Field JJ. Abnormalities in Cardiac Structure and Function in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease are not Associated with Pulmonary Hypertension. J Am Soc Echo 2011;24:1285-1290.
  • Do EJ, Lenzini P, Eby C, Bass AR, McMillin G, Stevens S, Woller S, Pendleton RC, Anderson JL, Proctor P, Nunley R, Davila-Roman VG, Gage BF. Genetics InFormatics Trial (GIFT) of Warfarin to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Rationale and Study Design. Pharmacogenomics Online publication, 24 May 2011; doi:10.1038/tpj.2011.18
  • Cade WT, Reeds DN, Overton ET, Herrero P, Waggoner AD, Dávila-Román VG, Lassa-Claxton S, Gropler RG, Soto PF, Krauss MJ, Yarasheski KE, Peterson LR. HIV and Metabolic Complications: Effects on Myocardial Blood Flow, Oxygen Consumption and Nutrient Metabolism. AIDS 2012 (in review).
  • de las Fuentes L, Yang W, Dávila-Román VG, Gu CC. Pathway-based genome-wide association analysis of coronary heart disease identifies biologically important gene sets. Eur J Hum Genet. Online publication, 18 April 2012; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2012.66.
  • Yarasheski KE, Laciny E, Overton ET, Reeds DN, Harrod M, Baldwin S, Dávila-Román VG. 18FDG PET-CT imaging detects arterial inflammation and early atherosclerosis in HIVinfected adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors. J Inflammation 2012,9:26; doi:10.1186/1476-9255-9-26.
  • Painschab MS, Dávila-Román VG, Gilman RH, Vasquez-Villar AD, Pollard SL, Wise, RA, Miranda JJ, Checkley W. Chronic exposure to biomass fuel is associated with increased carotid artery intima-media thickness and a higher prevalence of atherosclerotic plaques. Heart 2013;99:984-991.
  • Seifert ME, de las Fuentes L, Rothstein M, Dietzen DJ, Bierhals AJ, Cheng SC, Ross W, Windus D, Dávila-Román VG, Hruska KA. Effects of Phosphate Binder Therapy on Vascular Stiffness in Early-Stage Chronic Kidney Disease. Am J Nephrol 2013;38:158-167 (DOI: 10.1159/000353569)
  • Bruchas RR, de las Fuentes L, Carney RM, Reagan JL, Bernal-Mizrachi C, Riek AE, Gu CC, Bierhals A, Schootman M, Malmstrom TK, Burroughs TE, Stein PK, Miller DK, Dávila-Román VG. The St. Louis African American Health-Heart Study: Methodology for the Study of Cardiovascular Disease and Depression in Young-Old African-Americans. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders (2013, in press).
  • Joseph SM, Novak E, Arnold SV, Jones PG, Khattak H, Platts AE, Dávila-Román VG,Mann DL, Spertus JA. Comparable Performance of the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire in Heart Failure Patients with Preserved and Reduced Ejection Fraction. Circulation Heart Failure (2013, in press).
  • Lindman BR, Dávila-Román VG, Mann DL, McNulty S, Semigran MJ, Lewis GD, de las Fuentes L, Joseph SM, Vader J, Hernandez AF, Redfield MM. Diabetic Patients with Heart Failure and a Preserved Ejection Fraction Have a More Severe Disease Phenotype and Worse Exercise Capacity: Data from the Heart Failure Network RELAX Study. (2013, in review).
  • Painschab MS, Dávila-Román VG, Gilman RH, Vasquez-Villar AD, Leon-Velarde F, Huicho L, Rivera-Ch, Miranda J, Checkley W. Predictors of pulmonary artery systolic pressure in a Peruvian population living at high altitude. (2013, in review).
  • Chen HH, Anstrom KJ, Givertz MM, Stevenson LW, Semigran MJ, Goldsmith SR, Bart BA, Bull DA, Stehlik J, LeWinter MM, Konstam MA, Huggins GS, Rouleau JL, O'Meara E, Tang WHW, Starling RC, Butler J, Deswal A, Felker GM, O'Connor CM, Bonita RE, Margulies KB, Cappola TP, Ofili EO, Mann DL, Dávila-Román VG, McNulty SE, Borlaug BA, Velazquez EJ, Lee KL, Shah MR, Hernandez AF, Braunwald E, Redfield MM, on behalf of  the NHLBI Heart Failure Clinical Research Network.

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