Joseph Polak, MD MPH

Adjunct Professor, Radiology

Joseph Polak
820 Harrison Ave


A graduate of McGill University School of Medicine and of the Harvard School of Public Health, Professor Polak’s major clinical interests are in the use of ultrasound imaging to detect and follow atherosclerosis. He has co-authored more than 310 peer reviewed papers and 100 non-peer reviewed articles and chapters. He is sole author of a text book on Vascular Ultrasound: ”Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound. A practical guide” as well as co-editor of a textbook: “Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography”. He has served on the Editorial Board of Radiology and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neuroimaging, the Journal of Vascular Ultrasound, and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is past-president of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, has served on the Board of the American Institute in Ultrasound in Medicine, and is currently serving on the Board of the Society of Vascular Medicine. He has been co-investigator and director of the Ultrasound Reading Center that was funded by the NIH and evaluated many ultrasound markers of atherosclerosis such as carotid artery intima-media thickness, carotid artery plaque, carotid artery distensibility, brachial artery reactivity, and currently brachial artery intima-media thickness. He is working on developing a calibrated methodology that can be used for cardiovascular risk assessment.


  • McGill University, MD
  • McGill University, BSc


  • Published on 7/25/2022

    Nonterah EA, Crowther NJ, Klipstein-Grobusch K, Oduro AR, Kavousi M, Agongo G, Anderson TJ, Asiki G, Boua PR, Choma SSR, Couper DJ, Engström G, de Graaf J, Kauhanen J, Lonn EM, Mathiesen EB, Micklesfield LK, Okazaki S, Polak JF, Rundek T, Salonen JT, Tollman SM, Tuomainen TP, Grobbee DE, Ramsay M, Bots ML. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Association Between Classical Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Common Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2022 Aug 02; 11(15):e023704. PMID: 35876421.

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  • Published on 6/17/2022

    Kamtchum-Tatuene J, Saba L, Heldner MR, Poorthuis MHF, de Borst GJ, Rundek T, Kakkos SK, Chaturvedi S, Topakian R, Polak JF, Jickling GC. Interleukin-6 Predicts Carotid Plaque Severity, Vulnerability, and Progression. Circ Res. 2022 Jul 08; 131(2):e22-e33. PMID: 35713008.

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  • Published on 3/31/2022

    Castaneda AB, Petty LE, Scholz M, Jansen R, Weiss S, Zhang X, Schramm K, Beutner F, Kirsten H, Schminke U, Hwang SJ, Marzi C, Dhana K, Seldenrijk A, Krohn K, Homuth G, Wolf P, Peters MJ, Dörr M, Peters A, van Meurs JBJ, Uitterlinden AG, Kavousi M, Levy D, Herder C, van Grootheest G, Waldenberger M, Meisinger C, Rathmann W, Thiery J, Polak J, Koenig W, Seissler J, Bis JC, Franceshini N, Giambartolomei C, Hofman A, Franco OH, Penninx BWJH, Prokisch H, Völzke H, Loeffler M, O'Donnell CJ, Below JE, Dehghan A, de Vries PS. Associations of carotid intima media thickness with gene expression in whole blood and genetically predicted gene expression across 48 tissues. Hum Mol Genet. 2022 Mar 31; 31(7):1171-1182. PMID: 34788810.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Baradaran H, Peloso GM, Polak JF, Killiany RJ, Ghosh S, DeCarli CS, Thibault EG, Sperling RA, Johnson KA, Beiser A, Romero JR, Seshadri S. Association of Carotid Intima Media Thickening with Future Brain Region Specific Amyloid-ß Burden. J Alzheimers Dis. 2022; 89(1):223-232. PMID: 35871328.

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  • Published on 12/15/2021

    Cainzos-Achirica M, Acquah I, Dardari Z, Mszar R, Greenland P, Blankstein R, Bittencourt M, Rajagopalan S, Al-Kindi SG, Polak JF, Blumenthal RS, Blaha MJ, Nasir K. Long-Term Prognostic Implications and Role of Further Testing in Adults Aged =55 Years With a Coronary Calcium Score of Zero (from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Am J Cardiol. 2021 12 15; 161:26-35. PMID: 34794615.

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  • Published on 12/7/2021

    Polak JF, Backlund JC, Budoff M, Raskin P, Bebu I, Lachin JM. Coronary Artery Disease Events and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Type 1 Diabetes in the DCCT/EDIC Cohort. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 12 21; 10(24):e022922. PMID: 34873921.

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  • Published on 8/31/2021

    Huang NK, Bužková P, Matthan NR, Djoussé L, Kizer JR, Mukamal KJ, Polak JF, Lichtenstein AH. Serum Non-Esterified Fatty Acids, Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness and Flow-Mediated Dilation in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). Nutrients. 2021 Aug 31; 13(9). PMID: 34578930.

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  • Published on 3/3/2021

    Aladin AI, Soliman EZ, Kitzman DW, Dardari Z, Rasool SH, Yeboah J, Budoff MJ, Psaty BM, Ouyang P, Polak JF, Blumenthal RS, McEvoy JW, Gandhi SK, Herrington DM. Comparison of the Relation of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness With Incident Heart Failure With Reduced Versus Preserved Ejection Fraction (from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis [MESA]). Am J Cardiol. 2021 06 01; 148:102-109. PMID: 33667446.

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  • Published on 12/23/2020

    Polak JF, Kremkau FW. The 60° Doppler Angle Correction Paradigm: Reality or Myth? (an Uncomfortable Truth?). J Ultrasound Med. 2021 Oct; 40(10):2227-2233. PMID: 33355961.

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  • Published on 10/28/2020

    Razavi AC, Wong N, Budoff M, Bazzano LA, Kelly TN, He J, Fernandez C, Lima J, Polak JF, Mongraw-Chaffin M, deFilippi C, Szklo M, Bertoni AG, Blumenthal RS, Blaha MJ, Whelton SP. Predicting Long-Term Absence of Coronary Artery Calcium in Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: The MESA Study. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 01; 14(1):219-229. PMID: 33129732.

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