Elsayed Zohair Soliman, M.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Education & Training

  • M.B.,B.Ch., Cairo University Medical School-Egypt, 1990
  • M.Sc., Free Standing Institution-Egypt, 1997
  • M.S., WFU School of Medicine, 2008


  • Am Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Int'L Soc For Computerized Ele
  • World Medical Assn
Elsayed Zohair Soliman, M.D.

Elsayed Zohair Soliman, M.D.

Director, Public Health Sciences-Epicare
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention
Center for Integrative Medicine
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Center for Public Health Genomics

Research Interests

atherosclerosis/thrombosis, cardiac function, communication/speech/hearing, diabetes, epidemiology, health services, research/outc, infectious diseases, minority health issues, neurosciences/behavior, obesity, other, prevention, transplantation, vascular diseases

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-8632 | Department: 336-716-2011


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Recent Publications

Zhang ZM, Rautaharju PM, Prineas RJ, Loehr L, Rosamond W, Soliman EZ. Bundle branch blocks and the risk of mortality in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2016;17(6):411-417.

Deo R, Shou H, Soliman EZ, Yang W, Arkin JM, Zhang X, Townsend RR, Go AS, Shlipak MG, Feldman HI. Electrocardiographic measures and prediction of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular death in CKD. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016;27(2):559-569.

Rangel MO, O'Neal WT, Soliman EZ. Usefulness of the electrocardiographic P-wave axis as a predictor of atrial fibrillation. Am J Cardiol. 2016;117(1):100-104.

Dharod A, Soliman EZ, Dawood F, Chen H, Shea S, Nazarian S, Bertoni AG. Association of asymptomatic bradycardia with incident cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(2):219-227.

Howard VJ, Safford MM, Allen S, Judd SE, Rhodes JD, Kleindorfer DO, Soliman EZ, Meschia JF, Howard G. Stroke symptoms as a predictor of future hospitalization. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016;25(3):702-709.

Kwon Y, Norby FL, Jensen PN, Agarwal SK, Soliman EZ, Lip GY, Longstreth WT Jr, Alonso A, Heckbert SR, Chen LY. Association of smoking, alcohol, and obesity with cardiovascular death and ischemic stroke in atrial fibrillation: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). PLoS One. 2016;11(1):e0147065.

Howard G, Kissela BM, Kleindorfer DO, McClure LA, Soliman EZ, Judd SE, Rhodes JD, Cushman M, Moy CS, Sands KA, Howard VJ. Differences in the role of black race and stroke risk factors for first vs recurrent stroke. Neurology. 2016;86(7):637-642.

Adhikari R, D'Souza J, Soliman EZ, Burke GL, Daviglus M, Jacobs DR Jr, Park SK, Sheppard L, Thorne PS, Kaufman JD, Larson TV, Adar SD. Long-term coarse particulate matter exposure and heart rate variability in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Epidemiology. 2016;27(3):405-413.

Alonso A, Misialek JR, Michos ED, Eckfeldt J, Selvin E, Soliman EZ, Chen LY, Gross MD, Lutsey PL. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and the incidence of atrial fibrillation: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Europace. 2016;():.

Alonso A, Roetker NS, Soliman EZ, Chen LY, Greenland P, Heckbert SR. Prediction of atrial fibrillation in a racially diverse cohort: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). J Am Heart Assoc. 2016;5(2):e003077.

Amdur RL, Mukherjee M, Go A, Barrows IR, Ramezani A, Shoji J, Reilly MP, Gnanaraj J, Deo R, Roas S, Keane M, Master S, Teal V, Soliman EZ, Yang P, Feldman H, Kusek JW, Tracy CM, Raj DS. Interleukin-6 is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation in chronic kidney disease: findings from the CRIC Study. PLoS One. 2016;11(2):e0148189.

Kamel H, Kleindorfer DO, Bhave PD, Cushman M, Levitan EB, Howard G, Soliman EZ. Rates of atrial fibrillation in black versus white patients with pacemakers. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016;5(2):e002492.

Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Huang S, Ness KK, Ehrhardt MJ, Joshi VM, Plana JC, Soliman EZ, Green DM, Srivastava D, Santucci A, Krasin MJ, Robison LL, Hudson MM. Cardiac outcomes in adult survivors of childhood cancer exposed to cardiotoxic therapy: a cross-sectional study. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(2):93-101.

O'Neal WT, Efird JT, Judd SE, McClure LA, Howard VJ, Howard G, Soliman EZ. Impact of awareness and patterns of nonhospitalized atrial fibrillation on the risk of mortality: the Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. Clin Cardiol. 2016;39(2):103-110.

O'Neal WT, Qureshi W, Zhang ZM, Soliman EZ. Bidirectional association between atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure in the elderly. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2016;17(3):181-186.

Meyer ML, Gotman NM, Soliman EZ, Whitsel EA, Arens R, Cai J, Daviglus ML, Denes P, Gonzalez HM, Moreiras J, Talavera GA, Heiss G. Association of glucose homeostasis measures with heart rate variability among Hispanic/Latino adults without diabetes: the Hispanic community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2016;15(1):45.

Soliman EZ, Backlund JY, Bebu I, Li Y, Zhang ZM, Cleary PA, Lachin JM. Progression of electrocardiographic abnormalities in type 1 diabetes during 16 years of follow-up: the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016;5(3):e002882.

Verweij N, Mateo Leach I, Isaacs A, Arking DE, Bis JC, Pers TH, van den Berg ME, Lyytikainen LP, Barnett P, Wang X, Soliman EZ, van Duijn CM, Kahonen M, van Veldhuisen DJ, Kors JA, Raitakari OT, Silva CT, Lehtimaki T, Hillege HL, Hirschhorn JN, Boyer LA,. Twenty-eight genetic loci associated with ST-T wave amplitudes of the electrocardiogram. Hum Mol Genet. 2016;():.

Broughton ST, O'Neal WT, Salahuddin T, Soliman EZ. The influence of left atrial enlargement on the relationship between atrial fibrillation and stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016;25(6):1396-1402.

Leigh JA, O'Neal WT, Soliman EZ. Electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy as a predictor of cardiovascular disease independent of left ventricular anatomy in subjects aged greater than or equal to 65 years. Am J Cardiol. 2016;117(11):1831-1835.

O'Neal WT, Zhang ZM, Loehr LR, Chen LY, Alonso A, Soliman EZ. Electrocardiographic advanced interatrial block and atrial fibrillation risk in the general population. Am J Cardiol. 2016;117(11):1755-1759.

Qureshi W, O'Neal WT, Soliman EZ, Al-Mallah MH. Systematic review and meta-analysis of mortality and digoxin use in atrial fibrillation. Cardiol J. 2016;():.

Waks JW, Sitlani CM, Soliman EZ, Kabir M, Ghafoori E, Biggs ML, Henrikson CA, Sotoodehnia N, Biering-Sorensen T, Agarwal SK, Siscovick DS, Post WS, Solomon SD, Buxton AE, Josephson ME, Tereshchenko LG. Global electrical heterogeneity risk score for prediction of sudden cardiac death in the general population: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) and Cardiovascular Health (CHS) Studies. Circulation. 2016;():.

Zhang ZM, Rautaharju PM, Prineas RJ, Rodriguez CJ, Loehr L, Rosamond WD, Kitzman D, Couper D, Soliman EZ. Race and sex differences in the incidence and prognostic significance of silent myocardial infarction in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Circulation. 2016;133(22):2141-2148.

Bradford N, Shah AJ, Usoro A, Haisty WK Jr, Soliman EZ. Abnormal electrocardiographic QRS transition zone and risk of mortality in individuals free of cardiovascular disease. Europace. 2015;17(1):131-136.

O'Neal WT, Efird JT, Nazarian S, Alonso A, Heckbert SR, Soliman EZ. Mitral annular calcification and incident atrial fibrillation in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Europace. 2015;17(3):358-363.

Rautaharju PM, Zhang ZM, Haisty WK Jr, Kucharska-Newton AM, Rosamond WD, Soliman EZ. Electrocardiographic repolarization-related predictors of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac deaths in men and women with cardiovascular disease in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(1):101-111.

Wang YG, Wu HT, Daubechies I, Li Y, Estes EH, Soliman EZ. Automated J wave detection from digital 12-lead electrocardiogram. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(1):21-28.

Al Rifai M, Schneider AL, Alonso A, Maruthur N, Parrinello CM, Astor BC, Hoogeveen RC, Soliman EZ, Chen LY, Ballantyne CM, Halushka MK, Selvin E. sRAGE, inflammation, and risk of atrial fibrillation: results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. J Diabetes Complications. 2015;29(2):180-185.

Bacharova L, Chen H, Estes EH, Mateasik A, Bluemke DA, Lima JA, Burke GL, Soliman EZ. Determinants of discrepancies in detection and comparison of the prognostic significance of left ventricular hypertrophy by electrocardiogram and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Cardiol. 2015;115(4):515-522.

Filion KB, Agarwal SK, Ballantyne CM, Eberg M, Hoogeveen RC, Huxley RR, Loehr LR, Nambi V, Soliman EZ, Alonso A. High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T and the risk of incident atrial fibrillation: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Am Heart J. 2015;169(1):31-38.e3.

Magnani JW, Zhu L, Lopez F, Pencina MJ, Agarwal SK, Soliman EZ, Benjamin EJ, Alonso A. P-wave indices and atrial fibrillation: cross-cohort assessments from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Am Heart J. 2015;169(1):53-61.e1.

Okwuosa TM, Soliman EZ, Lopez F, Williams KA, Alonso A, Ferdinand KC. Left ventricular hypertrophy and cardiovascular disease risk prediction and reclassification in blacks and whites: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Am Heart J. 2015;169(1):155-161.e5.

Rodriguez CJ, Soliman EZ, Alonso A, Swett K, Okin PM, Goff DC Jr, Heckbert SR. Atrial fibrillation incidence and risk factors in relation to race-ethnicity and the population attributable fraction of atrial fibrillation risk factors: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Ann Epidemiol. 2015;25(2):71-76.e1.

Waks JW, Soliman EZ, Henrikson CA, Sotoodehnia N, Han L, Agarwal SK, Arking DE, Siscovick DS, Solomon SD, Post WS, Josephson ME, Coresh J, Tereshchenko LG. Beat-to-beat spatiotemporal variability in the T vector is associated with sudden cardiac death in participants without left ventricular hypertrophy: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015;4(1):e001357.

Zhang ZM, Rautaharju PM, Prineas RJ, Loehr L, Rosamond W, Soliman EZ. Ventricular conduction defects and the risk of incident heart failure in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. J Card Fail. 2015;21(4):307-312.

Kamel H, Bartz TM, Longstreth WT Jr, Okin PM, Thacker EL, Patton KK, Stein PK, Gottesman RF, Heckbert SR, Kronmal RA, Elkind MS, Soliman EZ. Association between left atrial abnormality on ECG and vascular brain injury on MRI in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Stroke. 2015;46(3):711-716.

O'Neal WT, Almahmoud MF, Soliman EZ. Resting heart rate and incident atrial fibrillation in the elderly. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2015;38(5):591-597.

O'Neal WT, Lakoski SG, Qureshi W, Judd SE, Howard G, Howard VJ, Cushman M, Soliman EZ. Relation between cancer and atrial fibrillation (from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke study). Am J Cardiol. 2015;115(8):1090-1094.

Soliman E, Sharma S, Arasteh K, Wohl D, Achhra A, Tambussi G, O'Connor J, Stein J, Duprez D, Neaton J, Phillips A. Baseline cardiovascular risk in the INSIGHT Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) trial. HIV Med. 2015;16(Suppl 1):46-54.

Arguelles W, Llabre MM, Sacco RL, Penedo FJ, Carnethon M, Gallo LC, Lee DJ, Catellier DJ, Gonzalez HM, Holub C, Loehr LR, Soliman EZ, Schneiderman N. Characterization of metabolic syndrome among diverse Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States: latent class analysis from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Int J Cardiol. 2015;184():373-379.

O'Neal WT, Efird JT, Kamel H, Nazarian S, Alonso A, Heckbert SR, Longstreth WT Jr, Soliman EZ. The association of the QT interval with atrial fibrillation and stroke: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Clin Res Cardiol. 2015;104(9):743-750.

O'Neal WT, Qureshi W, Li Y, Soliman EZ. RSR' pattern and the risk of mortality in men and women free of cardiovascular disease. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(3):430-433.

O'Neal WT, Soliman EZ, Qureshi W, Alonso A, Heckbert SR, Herrington D. Sustained pre-hypertensive blood pressure and incident atrial fibrillation: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2015;9(3):191-196.

O'Neal WT, Tanner RM, Efird JT, Baber U, Alonso A, Howard VJ, Howard G, Muntner P, Soliman EZ. Atrial fibrillation and incident end-stage renal disease: the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. Int J Cardiol. 2015;185():219-223.

Agarwal SK, Chao J, Peace F, Judd SE, Kissela B, Kleindorfer D, Howard VJ, Howard G, Soliman EZ. Premature ventricular complexes on screening electrocardiogram and risk of ischemic stroke. Stroke. 2015;46(5):1365-1367.

Almahmoud MF, O'Neal WT, Qureshi W, Soliman EZ. Electrocardiographic versus echocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy in prediction of congestive heart failure in the elderly. Clin Cardiol. 2015;38(6):365-370.

Kwon Y, Gharib SA, Biggs ML, Jacobs DR Jr, Alonso A, Duprez D, Lima J, Lin GM, Soliman EZ, Mehra R, Redline S, Heckbert SR. Association of sleep characteristics with atrial fibrillation: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Thorax. 2015;70(9):873-879.

Soliman EZ, Lopez F, O'Neal WT, Chen LY, Bengtson L, Zhang ZM, Loehr L, Cushman M, Alonso A. Atrial fibrillation and risk of ST-segment-elevation versus non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Circulation. 2015;131(21):1843-1850.

Zhang ZM, Rautaharju PM, Prineas RJ, Whitsel EA, Tereshchenko L, Soliman EZ. A wide QRS/T angle in bundle branch blocks is associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(4):672-677.

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