Zhao Xihia, PhD

Xihai Zhao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

Office: CBIR, Room 106
Lab: Multimodal Imaging Clinical Translational Research Lab


PhD, Radiology, Chinese PLA Postgraduate Medical School (2007)
MS, Radiology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (2004)
MD, Medical Imaging, Harbin Medical University (1999)

Research Interests

Dr. Zhao devoted most of his time to medical research in assessment of the cardiovascular risk of Chinese population by characterizing the atherosclerosis disease in multiple vascular beds, including intracranial artery, carotid artery, aortic arch, and femoral artery, with state-of-the art MR vessel wall imaging techniques. In this field, he has published 75 research articles in the top peer-reviewed journals on cardiovascular disease and imaging, including Stroke, ATVB, JCMR, JAHA, Atherosclerosis, AJNR, European Radiology, MRM, and JMRI.

As principle investigator, Dr. Zhao has received research funding from Natural Science of Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (National Key R & D Plan in 13th Five-Year), and Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission. He conceived and/or took lead a series of clinical trials and cohort studies in China, such as CARE-II study (n=1000, multicenter study, 2012-2015, NCT02017756), CROP (n=200, community study, 2012-2015), REALM (n=160, multicenter study, 2014-2018, NCT02041117), CAMERA (n=1000, community study, 2015-2018), and ICASMAP (n=300, multicenter study, 2017-2021, NCT03417063). Dr. Zhao has received Jim Pochen Award from International Society of Magnetic Resonance Angiography in 2012.


Lu M, Peng P, Cui Y, Qiao H, Li D, Cai J, Zhao X. Association of Progression of Carotid Artery Wall Volume and Recurrent Transient Ischemic Attack or Stroke: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Stroke. 2018 Mar;49(3):614-620.

Li D, Zhao H, Chen X, Chen S, Qiao H, He L, Li R, Xu J, Yuan C, Zhao X. Identification of intraplaque haemorrhage in carotid artery by simultaneous non-contrast angiography and intraPlaque haemorrhage (SNAP) imaging: a magnetic resonance vessel wall imaging study. Eur Radiol. 2018 Apr;28(4):1681-1686.

Zhao X, Hippe DS, Li R, Canton GM, Sui B, Song Y, Li F, Xue Y, Sun J, Yamada K, Hatsukami TS, Xu D, Wang M, Yuan C; CARE‐II Study Collaborators. Prevalence and Characteristics of Carotid Artery High-Risk Atherosclerotic Plaques in Chinese Patients With Cerebrovascular Symptoms: A Chinese Atherosclerosis Risk Evaluation II Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Aug 14;6(8). pii: e005831.

Lin R, Chen S, Liu G, Xue Y, Zhao X. Association Between Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaque Calcification and Intraplaque Hemorrhage: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2017 Jun;37(6):1228-1233.

Xu Y, Yuan C, Zhou Z, He L, Mi D, Li R, Cui Y, Wang Y, Wang Y, Liu G, Zheng Z, Zhao X. Co-existing intracranial and extracranial carotid artery atherosclerotic plaques and recurrent stroke risk: a three-dimensional multicontrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance study. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2016 Dec 2;18(1):90.