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Qiong Zhao, MD, PhD

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Qiong Zhao, MD, PhD


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Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical Interest

Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Cardiac, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Nutrition, Preventative Disease Care, Women's Health

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About Qiong Zhao, MD, PhD

Dr. Qiong "Joan" Zhao is board certified in cardiovascular disease by the National Board of Echocardiography and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. Her clinical interests include structural heart disease, heart failure, pulmonary vascular disease, women’s heart disease and cardio-oncology. After graduating from Beijing Medical University, Dr. Zhao earned a PhD in cell and molecular biology from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha and completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School in Boston. She then completed her pathology internship training at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, followed by medical residency training at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. She completed fellowship training in cardiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and continued with one year of subspecialty training in advanced echocardiography at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s cardiology division. She then stayed on at Feinberg as an attending physician and an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

In 2013, she became the Medical Director of Echocardiography at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Zhao moved to Northern Virginia in 2014 and joined Inova in 2015. She is currently an attending physician in cardiology and Medical Director of Echocardiography at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine's Inova campus.

Dr. Zhao has received multiple travel grant awards from national medical associations to both attend and present at scientific conferences. In 2006 and 2007, she received the Northwestern Young Investigator Award for her research. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award from the Heart Failure Society of America. Dr. Zhao's clinical research interests include echocardiography, women's heart disease, structural heart disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. She has a special interest and expertise in 3D echocardiography and strain imaging, structural heart diseases, pulmonary hypertension and cardio-oncology. Currently, she is the principal investigator of echocardiography clinical trials and a subinvestigator in multiple other clinical trials at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. Her basic/translational research is in the field of pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure, which was funded by NHLBI.

Dr. Zhao is active in academic activities and services. She has served on committees of the American Society of Echocardiography since 2010, and she is currently the Clinical President of the Chinese American Academy of Cardiology.

Podcasts and Webinars

Cardiovascular Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment. June 2021.


Medical Education

Beijing Medical University 1993


University of Kansas Medical Center
Training Specialty: Pathology
7/1/1999 - 6/30/2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Training Specialty: Internal Medicine
7/1/2000 - 6/30/2003


University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Training Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease
7/1/2003 - 6/30/2006

Board Certification

Cardiovascular Disease

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