Aref Rahman, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Veterans Health Foundation

Aref Rahman, MD, FACC, FSCAI


Dr. Rahman is the Medical Director of the VRFP Clinical Trials Center. He also holds the position of Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab VAPHS where he performs over 200 coronary and peripheral revascularization procedures each year. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, followed by his residency at the BI Deaconess Med Center Harvard Medical School. He then completed his Cardiology and Interventional training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center followed by an additional year of complex coronary, peripheral, and structural heart training at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, General Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions where he plays an active role in various committees involved with the development of guidelines and practice patterns.

His clinical and research interests include prevention of coronary artery disease, management of acute coronary syndrome and peripheral vascular disease. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he was involved in evaluating the TIMI databases at the Harvard Medical School where he looked at unique features of patients with acute coronary syndrome, and has authored a few publications from that registry. His interests also expand into the education and development of future cardiologists. He is currently evaluating the use of simulation programs and its impact on patient care. As the Site Fellowship Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, he is trying to incorporate the simulation training as part of the fellowship curriculum.