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Room 3-346
622 West 168th St.
New York, NY   10032

Phone: (212) 305-5371

-Columbia University Medical Center
-Department of Medicine
-Division of Cardiology
-Center for Women's Health
-Institute of Human Nutrition
-School of Dental Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Training Activities
- Studies on intergenerational risk for cardiovascular disease including women and children
- Studies on perception of weight and cardiovascular risk
- Studies on dental health in mothers and children

Open Training Positions
Undergraduate Students
Clinical Res Fellows

Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Research Summary
Dr. Giardina is trained as a cardiologist, clinical pharmacologist and electro-pharmacologist whose current areas of interest focus on prevention and cardiovascular health. Dr. Giardina is interested in vascular risk for heart disease and stroke in women and the role of physical activity, diet, and behavior as they impact on risk.

Research Activities
Current research activities relate to the following:
1)The metabolic syndrome and its vascular risk in minority women in Northern Manhattan. This study combines community outreach programs for behavior modification to alter traditional cardiovascular risk (hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, obesity) and novel markers assessed by carotid intimal media thickness as well as hemostatic and fibrinolytic markers.
2) Health disparities on breast cancer risk and outcome in minority women in Northern Manhattan
3) Attitudes about knowledge, risk and perception of body size among women and their families.

Lab website: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/cwh

Service Activities
Director, Cardiovascular Ambulatory Care Training, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Grant
Director, Preventive Cardiology Training,Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Grant
Member, Advisory Committee on the Status of Women Faculty
Member, Conflict of Interest Committee (Research)
Member, Conflict of Interest Committee (Clinical)
Member, General Clinical Research Advisory Committee, CTSA
Fellow, Apgar Society 2012

Positions & Appointments
1994-present Director, Center for Women's Health-Cardiology Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY
1990-present Attending Physician Presbyterian Hospital New York, NY
1989-present Professor Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY

Education and Training
1965 Medicine-Biochemistry, MD New York Medical College, New York, NY
2014 Nutrition and Metabolism, MS Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia Unversity Medical Center, New York, NY

Honors and Awards
1972-1974 Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Association Awardee in Clinical Pharmacology

1994- American Heart Association Appreciation Award for Advancement of Heart Disease in Women

1996- First Award of Excellence, Women’s History Month, Awarded by Governor George Pataki, New York State for developing a Center for Women’s Health and research in women’s health

2000- Board of Directors, Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science; Strategic Planning Committee Chair (2005-2008); Secretary Board of Directors (2005)

2005- AHA Study Section Heritage Affiliate Grants Peer Review Section

2008- Trustee of the Board of Directors, The New York Academy of Medicine

2009-Fellow of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, CUMC

2010- Medal of Honor, New York Medical College, New York

2012- Fellow Apgar Society, Columbia University Medical Center

2014- Public Voices Fellowship, Op Ed Project

Committees and Society Memberships
Diplomate: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine & Cardiovascular Disease

Fellow American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, Fellow American Heart Association

Fellow American Heart Association (Council on Clinical Cardiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, Basic Science Council)

1984-1988 Food & Drug Administration Cardio-Renal Advisory Committee Member

1989-1993 Pharmacology Study Section Member: National Institutes of Health

1992-1996 New York Heart Association: Task Force on Women & Heart Disease

1993-1994 Ad hoc Member, Surgery, Trauma, Anesthesia Study Section, National Institutes of Health

1994-present Director, Center for Women’s Health in Cardiology

2008 - present Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine

Special Interests
Dr. Giardina has a focus on the overall cardiovascular health and well-being of women and their families. Studies concerning community health including disparities related to cardiovascular prevention, personal risk, and attitudes and perceptions about lifestyle (nutrition, diet, physical activity) and behavior are ongoing in her area.

Favorite Websites

Selected Publications:
1. Giardina, EG, Cassetta JA, Weiss MW, Stein M, Press R, Frassetto G (2006) Reflections on a decade of experience in implementing a Center for Women's Health at an Academic Medical Center J Women 15(3):319-29

2. Giardina EG, Chen HJ, Sciacca RR, Rabbani LE (2004) Dynamic variability of hemostatic and fibrinolytic factors in young women J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89(12):6179-84

3. Barrett-Connor E, Giardina EG, Gitt AK, Gudat U, Steinberg HO, Tschoepe D (2004) Women and heart disease: the role of diabetes and hyperglycemia Arch Intern Med 164(9):934-42

4. Rabbani LE, Seminario NA, Sciacca RR, Chen HJ, Giardina EGV (2002) Oral estrogen increases plasma von Willebrand factor levels in postmenopausal women J Am Coll Cardiol 40:1991-9

5. Valli G and Giardina EGV (2002) Benefits, adverse effects and drug interactions of herbal therapies with cardiovascular effects. J Am Coll Cardiol 39(7):1083-95

6. Cassetta JA, Boden-Albala B, Sciacca RR, Giardina EG (2007) Association of eduation and race/ethnicity with physical activity in insured urban women J Women’s Health 16(6):902-908

7. Press R, Carrasquillo O, Sciacca RR, Giardina EG (2008) Racial/ethnic disparities in time to follow-up after an abnormal mammogram J Women’s Health 17(6):923-30

8. Thande N, Hurstak E, Sciacca R, Giardina EGV (2009) Management of obesity: a challenge for medical training and practice Obesity 17(1):107-13

9. Giardina EGV,Sciacca RR, Foody JM, D'Onofrio G, Villablanca A, Leatherwood S, Taylor AL, Haynes SG. ( 2011) The Office of Women's Health initiative to improve women's heart health: focus on knowledge and awareness among women with cardiometabolic risk factors J Women’s Health 20 (6):1-8

10. Giardina EGV, Mull L, Sciacca RR, Akabas S, Flink L, Moise N, Paul TK, Dumas NE, Bier M L, Mattina D. (2012) Relationship between Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge and Race/Ethnicity, Education and Weight Status Clin Cardiol 35 (1):43-8

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