Dr. Matthew J. Budoff is professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center. He is also program director and director of Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT), Division of Cardiology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He is at the forefront of the medical community’s efforts to develop early detection methods for cardiac disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Dr. Budoff’s research is devoted to advancing procedures that can help doctors identify patients early that are at high risk for cardiac events and progression of atherosclerosis. This early detection can lead to patients being placed on the correct therapeutic path to prevent a heart attack. Additionally, Dr. Budoff’s research focuses on determining the effect of different therapies on atherosclerosis and determine if heart disease can be reversed. His team has also shown utility of supplementary measurements on cardiac CT can be evaluated for thoracic aortic calcification, aortic valve calcification, mitral annular calcification, pericardial fat, liver fat, myocardial scar and bone mineral density.