Matthew J. Budoff, MD, FACC, is Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; and Program Director and Director of Cardiac Computed Tomography, Division of Cardiology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Budoff graduated cum laude from the University of California, Riverside, with a major in biochemistry. He went on to graduate with distinction as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha from the George Washington University School of Medicine, in Washington, DC, before returning to his native California to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Budoff is at the forefront of the medical community’s efforts to develop early detection methods for cardiac disease, the number 1 cause of death in the United States. Given that approximately 50% of US 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.
Dr. Budoff works on at least 20 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 more than 600 research papers, 6 books, and 36 book chapters.
In the past 2 years alone, Dr. Budoff has been honored with multiple awards recognizing his professional skills and accomplishments. Of particular note is his receipt of the Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement from the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK and his inclusion in five respected lists of top doctors in America as well as the US News list of Top Doctors for 2011. Most recently, he was named as one of the “Worlds Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014.