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Susie N. Hong-Zohlman, MD, MSc

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Secondary Appointment(s):

Diagnostic Radiology Nuclear Medicine

Administrative Title:

Director of Echocardiography Services ; Co-Medical Director of Ambulatory Cardiology Echo Laboratories


Paca-Pratt, 7-N-128

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-7877


(410) 328-1048

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Medical Degree, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
  • Fellowship, General Cardiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Advanced Imaging Fellowship, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Master of Science, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA


Dr. Hong-Zohlman is the Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Her major research interests are in advanced noninvasive cardiovascular imaging and the use of multimodality imaging to identify sex differences in cardiovascular disease, particularly in infiltrative cardiomyopathies such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and diseases involving the pericardium.  With her secondary appointment in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine,  Dr. Hong-Zohlman works closely with Drs. Jean Jeudy and Charles White in Thoracic Radiology with regard to cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and cardiac computed tomography, both within research and in clinical care.

Dr. Hong-Zohlman is trained in all cardiovascular noninvasive imaging modalities, including echocardiography (Level 3), cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (Level 3), nuclear cardiology (Level 2), and computed cardiac tomography (Level 2). She is also board certified in cardiovascular medicine, echocardiography, and nuclear medicine.



Research/Clinical Keywords

Cardiovascular Imaging (cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography, nuclear cardiology) Pericardial Disease Myocarditis Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Highlighted Publications

Khan AN, Desai K, Zviman A, Hong SN, Ananthram M, Liu S, Srivastava MC, Benitez M, Hong CC, Dickfeld TM, Restrepo AJ.  Balancing Service and Safety: Cardiovascular Medicine Divisional Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. JACC Case Reports 2020 Jul;2(9):1368-1375.

Whalen H, Dako F, Patel P, Sahbaz J, Hong-Zohlman S, White CS, Jeudy J.  Role of Imaging for Suspected Cardiac Thrombus.  Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2019 Dec 9;21(12):81. doi: 10.1007/s11936-019-0792-6.

Chen H, Watnick T, Hong SN, Daly B, Li Y, Seliger SL.  Left ventricular hypertrophy in a contemporary cohort of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease patients.  BMC Nephrol. 2019 Oct 25;20(1):386. doi: 10.1186/s12882-019-1555-z.

Lassen MCH, Qasim AN, Biering-Sørensen T, Reeh JLT, Watnick T, Seliger SL, Chen H, Sawan MA, Nguyen D, Li Y, Hong SN, Park M.  Cardiac function assessed by myocardial deformation in adult polycystic kidney disease patients.  BMC Nephrol. 2019 Aug 16;20(1):324. doi: 10.1186/s12882-019-1500-1.

Peters MN, Seliger SL, Christenson RH, Hong-Zohlman SN, Daniels LB, Lima JAC, de Lemos JA, Neeland IJ, deFilippi CR.  "Malignant" Left Ventricular Hypertrophy Identifies Subjects at High Risk for Progression to Asymptomatic Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Heart Failure, and Death: MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis).  J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Feb 8;7(4):e006619. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006619.

Hong SN, Seliger SL, Christenson RH, Kronmal R, Daniels LB, Lima JA, de Lemos JA, Bertoni AG, deFilippi CR. High Sensitive Cardiac Troponin T as an Early Biochemical Signature for Clinical and Subclinical Heart Failure: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  Circulation. 2017 Feb 3. pii: CIRCULATIONAHA.116.025505. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.025505. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28159799

Terpenning S, Deng M, Hong-Zohlman SN, Lin CT, Kligerman SJ, Jeudy J, Ketai LH. CT measurement of central pulmonary arteries to diagnose pulmonary hypertension (PHTN): more reliable than valid? Clin Imaging. 2016 Jul-Aug;40(4):821-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2016.02.024. PMID: 27131412

Li C, Lin CT, Kligerman SJ, Hong SN, White CS. Enhancement Characteristics of the Computed Tomography Pulmonary Angiography Test Bolus Curve and Its Use in Predicting Right Ventricular Dysfunction and Mortality in Patients With Acute Pulmonary Embolism. J Thorac Imaging. 2015 Jul;30(4):274-81. doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000141. PMID: 25635705

Chan RH, Maron BJ, Olivotto I, Pencina MJ, Assenza GE, Haas T, Lesser JR, Gruner C, Crean AM, Rakowski H, Udelson JE, Rowin E, Lombardi M, Cecchi F, Tomberli B, Spirito P, Formisano F, Biagini E, Rapezzi C, De Cecco CN, Autore C, Cook EF, Hong SN, Gibson CM, Manning WJ, Appelbaum E, Maron MS. Prognostic value of quantitative contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance for the evaluation of sudden death risk in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  Circulation. 2014 Aug 5;130(6):484-95. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.007094. PMID: 25092278

Hong SN, Gona P, Fontes JD, Oyama N, Chan RH, Kenchaiah S, Tsao CW, Yeon SB, Schnabel RB, Keaney JF, O'Donnell CJ, Benjamin EJ, Manning WJ.  Atherosclerotic biomarkers and aortic atherosclerosis by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in the Framingham Heart Study.  J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Nov 15;2(6):e000307. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000307. PMID: 24242683

Nam S, Hong SN, Akçakaya M, Kwak Y, Goddu B, Kissinger KV, Manning WJ, Tarokh V, Nezafat R.  Atherosclerotic biomarkers and aortic atherosclerosis by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in the Framingham Heart Study. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Jan;39(1):179-88. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24098. PMID: 23857797



Additional Publication Citations

Pasrija C, Mohammed I, Shats I, Hong-Zohlman S, Reoma J, Mazzeffi MA, Rajagopal K. Gerbode Defect as a Result of Fungal Aortic Valve Endocarditis. J Heart Valve Dis. 2015 May;24(3):292-4. PMID: 26901898

Rayatzadeh H, Tan A, Chan RH, Patel SJ, Hauser TH, Ngo L, Shaw JL, Hong SN, Zimetbaum P, Buxton AE, Josephson ME, Manning WJ, Nezafat R. Scar heterogeneity on cardiovascular magnetic resonance as a predictor of appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2013 Apr 10;15:31. doi: 10.1186/1532-429X-15-31. PMID: 23574733

Hong SN, Tung P, Chan RH, Peters DC, Hauser TH, Manning WJ, Josephson ME. Aortic injury is common following pulmonary vein isolation. Heart Rhythm. 2013 May;10(5):653-8. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2013.01.012. PMID: 23318348

Moghari MH, Roujol S, Chan RH, Hong SN, Bello N, Henningsson M, Ngo LH, Goddu B, Goepfert L, Kissinger KV, Manning WJ, Nezafat R. Free-breathing 3D cardiac MRI using iterative image-based respiratory motion correction. Magn Reson Med. 2013 Oct;70(4):1005-15. doi: 10.1002/mrm.24538. PMID: 23132549

Akçakaya M, Rayatzadeh H, Basha TA, Hong SN, Chan RH, Kissinger KV, Hauser TH, Josephson ME, Manning WJ, Nezafat R. Accelerated late gadolinium enhancement cardiac MR imaging with isotropic spatial resolution using compressed sensing: initial experience. Radiology. 2012 Sep;264(3):691-9. doi: 10.1148/radiol.12112489. PMID: 22820734

Vavas E, Hong SN, Rosen SE, Mieres JH. Noninvasive diagnostic techniques for coronary disease in women. Clin Cardiol. 2012 Mar;35(3):149-55. doi: 10.1002/clc.21953. Review. PMID: 22389118

Moghari MH, Chan RH, Hong SN, Shaw JL, Goepfert LA, Kissinger KV, Goddu B, Josephson ME, Manning WJ, Nezafat R. Free-breathing cardiac MR with a fixed navigator efficiency using adaptive gating window size. Magn Reson Med. 2012 Dec;68(6):1866-75. doi: 10.1002/mrm.24210. PMID: 22367715

Awards and Affiliations

Divisional Teaching Award for Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2016, 2017, 2020

Theodore E. Woodward Prize, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2020