Ronen Durst

Ronen Durst

Graduate of the Hebrew University Medical School 1993.

1998-2002: Residency in Internal Medicine, Hadassah Medical Center

2005-2006: Cardiology fellowship, Hadassah Medical Center

2005-2006: Senior cardiologist, Hadassah Medical Center

2006-2010: Clinical and research fellow in advanced cardiac imaging (echocardiography, CT and MRI), cardiology division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

2010-2017: Senior cardiologist, Hadassah Medical Center

2017: Visiting professor at Stanford Medical Center

Clinical and research interests

  • Non invasive cardiology
  • Preventive cardiology: (High cholesterol, Dyslipidemia, High risk prevention)
  • Cardiac Imaging (Echocardiography, CT and MRI)
  • Valvular Heart Disease (mitral valve prolapse (MVP), aortic stenosis, mitral valve stenosis, aortic regurgitation, bicuspid aortic valve)
  • Hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia and preventive cardiology
  • Genetics of cardiovascular diseases

Awards and honors

  • Medical license in Israel and Massachusetts
  • Boards certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine
  • Golomb award, the highest Israeli Defense System award for contribution for the security of Israel
  • Israeli Defense Force Chief of Staff, IDF chief of staff award for excellence as an officer under fire
  • Stich faculty award for outstanding research on genetics the of hyperlipidemia

 Selected publications

 Durst R, Colombo R, Shpitzen S, Ben Avi L, Friedlander Y, Wexler R, Raal FJ, Marais DA, Defeche JC, Mandelshtam MY, Kotze MJ, Leitersdorf E and Meiner V . Recent origin and spread of a common Lithuanian mutation (G197delLDLR) causing Familial Hypercholesterolemia: positive selection in not always necessary to account for disease incidence among Askenazi Jews. Am J Hum Genet. 2001;68:1172-1188 .

  • Ben-Avi L, Durst R, Shpitzen S, Leitersdorf E, Meiner V. Apolipoprotein E genotyping: accurate, simple, high throughput method using ABI Prism SNaPshot Multiplex System. J Alzheimers Dis 2004:6;497-501.
  • Durst R, Jansen A, Erez G, Bravdo R, Butbul E, Ben Avi L, Shpitzen S, Lotan C, Leitersdorf E, Defesche J, Friedlander Y, Meiner V  and Miserez A. R.. The discrete and combined effect of SREBP-2 and SCAP isoforms in the control of plasma lipids among familial hypercholesterolaemia patients. Atherosclerosis, 2006 ;189:443-50.
  • Durst R, Danenberg H, Gallily R, Beeri R, Mechoulam R, Meir K, Pugatsch T, Grad E, Tarsish E and Lotan C. Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive Cannabis constituent, protects against myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury, Am J physiology. 2007,293:H3602-H3607
  • Bogot N, Durst R, Shaham D, Admon D. CT of Cardiac Transplantation: Indications, Post-Transplant Appearance, and Common Complications Radiographics 2007;27:1297-309.
  • Friedlander Y, Schwartz SM, Durst R, Meiner V, Robertson AS, Erez G, Leitersdorf E, Siscovick DS. SREBP-2 and SCAP isoforms and risk of early onset myocardial infarction. Atherosclerosis. 2008,196:896-904
  • Levine RA, Durst R. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP), a deeper look. J Am Coll Cardiol Img, 2008; 1:304-306
  • Durst R, Avelar E, Solis-Martin J, King ME, Abbara S. Identification of the cause of acute hypoxemia in a patient with congenital heart disease using cardiac CT. Journal of Cardiac CT. 2008, 2:341-2
  • Durst R, Neumark Y, Meiner V, Friedlander Y, Sharon N, Polak A, Mosseri M, Beeri R, Danenberg H, Pugatch T, Erez G, Spitzen S, Ben-Avi L, Leitersdorf E, Lotan C. Macrophage Scavenger Receptor 1 Sequence Variations are Associated with Atherosclerosis Susceptibility in Humans.. Genetic testing. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2009;13:583-7
  • Blankstein R, Durst R, Picard MH, Cury RC. Progression of mitral annulus calcification to caseous necrosis of the mitral valve: complementary role of multi-modality imaging. European Heart Journal 2009;30:304
  • Johri AM, Yared K, Durst R, Cubeddu RJ, Palacios IF, Picard MH, Passeri J. Three-dimensional echocardiography-guided repair of severe paravalvular regurgitation in a bioprosthetic and mechanical mitral valve. Eur J Echocardiogr. 2009;10:572-5
  • Avelar E, Durst R, Thangaroopan M, Rosito GA, Kumar S, Tournoux F, Chan RC, Hung J, Hoffmann U, Abbara S and Cury RC. Accuracy of Multi-detector Computed Tomography Evaluation of Left Atrial Volume: a Phantom and Echo Correlation Study. Am J Cardiol, 2010,106;104-9
  • Durst R,Goldstein K, Horowitz Y, Baggish A,Gare M, Hasin Y, Lotan H, Horowitz M. improved cardiac performance after heat acclimation is partially explained by hypothyroid dependent reduction in myocardial response to angiotensin.  Life Sciences. 2010;86:331-336
  • Wexler T, Durst R, McCarty D, Picard MH, Klibanski A, KK Miller. Growth Hormone Status Predicts Left Ventricular Mass in Patients after Cure of Acromegaly. Accepted for publication Growth Hormone & IGF Research 2010
  • Durst R, Sauls K, Peal DS, deVlaming A, Toomer K, Leyne M,  Salani M, Talkowski ME, Brand H,  Perrocheau M, Simpson C,  Jett C,  Stone MR,  Charles F,  Chiang C,  Lynch SN,  Bouatia-Naji N,  Delling FN, Freed LA,  Tribouilloy C,  Le Tourneau T,  LeMarec H,  Fernandez-Friera L,  Solis J,  Trujillano D, Ossowskic,  S Estivill X, Dina C, Bruneval P, Chester A, Schott JJ, Irvine KD, Mao Y, Wessels A, Motiwala T, Puceat M, Tsukasaki Y, Menick DR, Kasiganesan H, Nie X, Broome AM, Williams K, Markwal RR, Jeunemaitre X, Hagege API, Levine  RA, Milan DJ, Norris RA, Slaugenhaupt SA.(2015) Mutations in DCHS1 Cause Mitral Valve Prolapse. Nature ;525(7567):109-13.
  • Durst R, Ibe UK, Shpitzen S, Schurr D, Eliav O, Futema M, Whittall R, Szalat A, Meiner V, Knobler H, Gavish D, Henkin Y, Ellis A, Rubinstein A, Harats D, Bitzur R, Hershkovitz B, Humphries SE , Leitersdorf E (2016) Molecular genetics of familial hypercholesterolemia in Israel-revisited.. Atherosclerosis 257:55-63