Professor of Medicine
Section Chief of Interventional Cardiology

Baker-Dean Endowed Professor in Interventional Cardiology
Co-Director of the UAB Heart & Vascular Center


Contact Information
Faculty Office Tower, Room 920
1960 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233





University of Louisville School of Medicine (1992-1994)
Wayne State University (1990-1992)
University of Cincinnati (1990)

Internal Medicine Residency
Yale-Waterbury Program (1989)
University of Toronto (1987-1988)

Research Fellowship
Montreal General Hospital (1986)

Medical Degree
Mashad University, Iran (1981)

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Interventional Cardiology

Society Memberships

Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Fellow, Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention




Clinical Interests

  • Complex and left main coronary stenting 
  • FFR, and Intravascular Ultrasound
  • Alcohol septal ablation for cardiomyopathy.
  • Peripheral Vascular intervention
  • Renal Artery Stenosis 
  • Carotid stenting 
  • PFO, ASD closure  
  • Percutaneous mitral valve repair  
  • Transcatheter Aortic valve Replacement
  • Chronic total occlusion





Hemodynamic Rounds: Interpretation of Cardiac Pathophysiology from Pressure Waveform Analysis
Michael J. Lim (Author), James A. Goldstein (Author), Morton J. Kern (Editor)

Chapter 42: Hemodynamic and Intravascular Ultrasound Assessment of an Ambiguous Left Main Coronary Artery Stenosis
Massoud A. Leesar and Garry S. Mintz

Chapter 43: Renal Hemodynamics: Theory and Practical Tips 379
Tariq S. Siddiqui, Ziad Elghoul, Syed T. Reza, and Massoud A. Leesar




Research Interests

  • Core Lab for intravascular ultrasound: There a number of studies are currently being performed to assess the value of intravascular ultrasound for optimization of stent expansions
  • Core Lab for quantitative coronary angiography: Quantitative coronary angiography to support large clinical trials.
  • Fractional flow reserve and coronary physiology

Selected Journal

Leesar MA. The importance of appropriate renal artery stenting. Endovascular Today. 2012;11:67-72. 

Leesar MA, Satran A, Yalamanchili V, Helmy T, Abdul-Waheed M, Wongpraparut N. The impact of fractional flow reserve measurement on clinical outcomes after transradial coronary stenting. EuroIntervention. 2011 Dec;7(8):917-23.
PMID: 22157476

Hakeem A, Helmy T, Leesar M, Arif I. Drug-eluting stents for saphenous vein graft lesions. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2011 ;4:590
PMID: 21596336

Hakeem A, Karmali K, Larue SJ, Bhatti S, Chilakapati V, Samad Z, Roth Cline M, Cilingiroglu M, Leesar MA. Clinical presentation and outcomes of drug-eluting stent-associated coronary aneurysms. EuroIntervention. 2011 Aug;7(4):487-96. 
PMID: 21764668 

Hakeem A; Helmy T; Munsif S; Bhatti S; Mazraeshahi R; Cilingiroglu M; Effat M; Leesar M; Arif I. Safety and efficacy of drug eluting stents compared with bare metal stents for saphenous vein graft interventions: a comprehensive meta-analysis of randomized trials and observational studies comprising 7,994 patients. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2011;. 77: 343-55
PMID: 21328679

Kolli KK; Banerjee RK; Peelukhana SV; Helmy TA; Leesar MA; Arif I; Schneeberger EW; Hand D; Succop P; Gottliebson WM; Effat MA. Influence of heart rate on fractional flow reserve, pressure drop coefficient, and lesion flow coefficient for epicardial coronary stenosis in a porcine model. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2011;.300: H382-7
PMID: 20935151

Tonino PA, Fearon WF, De Bruyne B, Oldroyd KG, Leesar MA, Ver Lee PN, Maccarthy PA, Van't Veer M, Pijls NH. Angiographic versus functional severity of coronary artery stenoses in the FAME study fractional flow reserve versus angiography in multivessel evaluation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Jun 22;55(25):2816-21.
PMID: 20579537

Leesar MA, Varma J, Shapira A, Fahsah A, Raza S, ,Elghoul Z, MD,Leonard AC, PHD, Meganathan K, Ikram S, MD. Prediction of hypertension improvement after stenting of  renal artery stenosis comparative accuracy of translesional pressure gradients, intravascular ultrasound, and angiography. Journal Am Coll Cardiol 2009;53:2363-2371
PMID: 19539148

PubMed Listings

Massoud A. Leesar, MD