Dr. Kenneth Lance Gould

Title: Cardiovascular Disease Specialist
Company: University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Location: Houston, Texas, United States


Kenneth Lance Gould, Cardiovascular Disease Specialist at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical research.

Dr. Gould obtained an undergraduate degree in physics from Oberlin College, Ohio and continued his education with a medical doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1964. He served his country in the United States Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant and serving in the Epidemic Intelligence Service in Hawaii from 1967 to 1969, where he researched leprosy and measles in local populations. Upon returning to the mainland, he served a cardiology residency and fellowship with the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, attaining an associate professorship studying under Dr. Robert Bruce, who developed the treadmill stress test for heart patients.

In 1979, Dr. Gould joined the University Texas Medical School at Houston, now the McGovern Medical School, as a professor and director of the Division of Cardiology and founding director of the Positron Diagnostic and Research Center, dedicated to providing the highest quality of nuclear imaging research. With McGovern, he serves as the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished University Chair of cardiovascular medicine and is the executive director of Weatherhead P.E.T. Center for Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis and the Weatherhead Heart Center.

Dr. Gould was the first to report the concept of coronary flow reserve for defining stenosis severity. He was also involved in the quantification of stenosis fluid dynamics in vivo, pharmacologic stress perfusion imaging, experimental and clinical positron emission tomography (PET) of coronary artery stenosis and, among other areas of the field, the improvement of PET perfusion defects in patients with CAD after short- and long-term lipid-lowering. He has published in, and served on the editorial boards of, peer-reviewed publications such as the American Journal Cardiology and Circulation, the scientific journal published for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Gould’s honors include the George E. Brown Memorial Lectureship of the American Heart Association, the George Von Hevesy Prize, the American College of Cardiology Young Investigators Award and he is a member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Investigation and he has a seat on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology.

Citing the example of his father, a general practitioner, as a chief influence in his interest in a medical career, Dr. Gould maintains his career highlights have been the original paper he wrote on coronary flow reserve and the paper published in the Journal of American Medicine in 2017 that related to the physiology analysis to the decrease in deaths from coronary disease.

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