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Ilias Nikolakopoulos, MD

Hospital Resident

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Ilias Nikolakopoulos, MD


Ilias is a resident at the Internal Medicine Program at Yale. Prior to residency, he was a research fellow at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Center for Coronary Artery and worked on multicenter registries and randomized controlled trials on topics spanning complex high-risk indicated cardiac procedures, myocardial infarction, and stress cardiomyopathy. Several of his projects used imaging to guide procedures, and that is what made him interested in cardiac imaging as well. During this time, he also grew an interest in methodology and data analysis, incorporating methods such as Bayesian statistics into his projects.

During residency, he continues to work on noninvasive imaging for cardiac risk stratification and risk stratification before percutaneous coronary interventions. He continues to expand on his interests in observational data analysis, currently focusing on machine learning clustering models as well as the assessment of the predictive ability of time-to-event models. He also gained experience in the regulatory side of research, serving at the Yale IRB. Ilias is interested in applying methods for observational causal inference and prediction to data derived from EHR and noninvasive cardiac imaging with the goal of personalizing the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease.

His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation, JACC Cardiovascular Interventions, Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, International Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, Eurointervention.

Education & Training

  • Research Fellow/Scholar
    Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (2021)
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation RTP-CEM Clinical and Research Scholar
    Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra/Northwell (2018)
  • MD
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2017)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Roy and Diana Vagelos FellowshipWorld Hellenic Biomedical Association2017
Cardiovascular Innovations Conference Travel GrantCardiovascular Innovations2017
Dimitrios Mavrokordatos ScholarshipNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens2017
Scholarship for the Human Space Physiology Training CourseEuropean Space Agency2017

Professional Service

BMJ HeartAssociate Editor2024 - Present
Semantic Scholar Advisory Board, Semantic ScholarBoard Member2021 - 2022
CirculationReviewer2021 - Present
Expert Review of Cardiovascular TherapyReviewer2020 - Present

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