Itzhak Zachi Attia, M.S., is a co-director of Artificial Intelligence for Cardiovascular Medicine and serves as a principal engineer in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Attia joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in March 2018 and holds the academic rank of an assistant professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Attia earned his M.Sc. summa cum laude in electrical engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel.
As a co-director of Artificial Intelligence in Cardiovascular Medicine, Attia helps colleagues leverage large digital vaults of stored ECGs, echocardiograms, stress tests, nuclear images, angiograms and other big data sets to develop new tools to advance the field and the care of people with heart disease.
Attia has experience in managing large medical digital data sets and preparing them for use by neural networks; with the design and architecture of many forms of neural networks including convolutional, recurrent, and generative networks; and working efficiently in a medical environment and closely with subject matter experts to create AI tools that produce medically meaningful outputs. He has six patent filings in the field of health monitoring and biomedical algorithms for disease detection and prediction. He has given presentations on his research both nationally and internationally and has authored journal articles, abstracts and other written publications. His latest work on detection of systolic dysfunction was presented in Nature Medicine, as part of the “Medicine in the Digital Age,” 25th-anniversary special edition and his work on detection of atrial fibrillation from normal sinus rhythm in “Lancet.” Attia is a member of the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society.