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Bruce Wasserman, MD


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Bruce Wasserman, MD

Bruce Wasserman, MD

Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Director, Neurovascular Imaging Center
Vice Chair of Clinical Research
Phone: 410-706-2364


Dr. Wasserman is a neuroradiologist in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuculear Medicine where he serves as the Vice Chair of Clinical Research. He also directs the Neurovascular Imaging Center. He employs innovative MRI techniques to study diseases of blood vessels in the head and neck, especially atherosclerotic plaque with the goal of reducing stroke risk by understanding how atherosclerotic plaque forms and why it becomes unstable. 

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Research Projects

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The Role of Intracranial Atherosclerosis in the Development of Alzheimer's Disease

NIH R01 AG054491

Dementia is a growing problem in the US and worldwide. The lack of effective treatment or preventive strategies for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia, has led to an increasing mortality rate and soaring medical costs. Intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD) is also highly prevalent in older adults, and new evidence suggests it may be associated with AD and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), but prospective validation is lacking. We propose to prospectively study the role of ICAD and its progression in the development of cognitive decline, MCI and dementia, in particular AD.

Cardiovascular Cohort Studies

Dr. Wasserman is part of two cardiovascular cohort studies, ARIC--Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and MESA--Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Both are sponsored by the NIH's National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Lab Members

Bruce Wasserman, MD


Sanjana Tyagi
Clinical Research Associate


Ye Qiao, PhD



Li Liu, MS

Wenjie (Jenny) Yang, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow


Zhongqing Huang, MD
Post Doctoral Fellow


Hernan Perez, MD, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow


Eliseo Guallar, MD, MPH

Di Zhao, PhD

Associate Faculty

David Steinman, PhD

David Mikulis, MD


View Dr. Wasserman's publications on Pubmed.