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Elsa-Grace V. Giardina

Name and Degree:
Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FACP
Professor of Medicine at CUMC
Background Information
Dr. Giardina is trained in clinical electrophysiology, clinical pharmacology and preventive cardiology and is expert in human nutrition. She is recognized nationally as an expert on drug treatment and has been a member of the Cardio-Renal Advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Pharmacology study section of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She served as a Director of the Board of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation and as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee from the Board of Directors (2005-2007) guided the Sarnoff foundation’s new direction. Dr. Giardina is a pioneer in raising concerns about the cardiac health of women. In 1996 she was awarded the “Award of Excellence” by Governor George Pataki of New York State for her research advancements on cardiac disease in women and for founding and developing the Center for Women’s Health, the unique interdisciplinary program in women’s health at the Columbia University Medical Center. She was the focus of the New York Times supplement on women’s health for developing a program in women’s health at Columbia and the Columbia RECORD for reaching out to minority women to educate and make them aware of the risks of heart disease, January 2007. Dr. Giardina is the recipient of the Jane V. Myers medical award from Bryn Mawr College, the Faculty Development Award in Clinical Pharmacology, the American Heart Association Appreciation Award for community service, the American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award and a Fellow of the Virginia Apgar Academy, an honor bestowed on Columbia University Medical Center faculty for excellence in mentoring and teaching. Dr. Giardina received the Medal of Honor from New York Medical College in 2010. Dr. Giardina was named to Who's Who of American Women and is consistently included in New York Magazine’s Top Doctors in Cardiology. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the New York Academy of Medicine and Board Member Emerita of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
Education and Training

 1961 , European History/Biochemistry, Bryn Mawr College


 2014 , Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia

Medical School:

 1965 , Medicine, New York Medical College


 1966 , Internal Medicine, St.Luke's-Roosevelt, Columbia University


 1969 , Cardiovascular Disease, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center


 1972 , Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology and Electrophysiology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate
Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Diseases, Diplomate
Clinical Interests:
Women's heart health,Cardiac arrhythmias,Preventive cardiology,Cardiovascular clinical pharmacology and drug management,Nutrition and Metabolism
Research Interests:
Dr. Giardina's research interests encompass concerns about the biological and pharmacological effects of medications and hormones; prevention of cardiovascular risk; intergenerational attitudes predisposing to obesity and risk; and the unique presentation and management of women with cardiac disease.
Brian F. Hoffman MD, Chair Department of Pharmacology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
1. Hayes DE,. Rodriguez JK, Sciacca RR, Giardina EGV: Cardiometabolic Risk is Related to Body Size Misperception and Knowledge of Cardiovascular Disease in Young Hispanic Women. American Heart Association Nutrition, Physical activity and Metabolism, 2015 Annual Session, March 6, 2015

2. Paul TK, Sciacca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Giardina EGV. Overweight/obese mother-child dyads underestimate sizes—a present and future problem for cardiovascular risk. American Heart Association Epidemiology and prevention, Nutrition, Physical activity and Metabolism 2013 Annual Session, Circulation. 2013;127:AP261

3. Flink LE, Sciaccca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Giardina EGV. Women at high risk for cardiovascular disease-- lack basic cardiovascular disease knowledge. Oral Presentation American Heart Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, November 2012

4. Moise N, Sciacca R, Rodriguez J, Giardina EGV. Knowledge, Weight Perception and Weight Loss Efforts in Overweight and Obese Urban Women, Obesity, 2011, 19 suppl 1: S228

5. Dumas NE, Sciacca RR, Decolongon J, Rodriguez JK, Giardina E-GV. Obesity and Intergenerational Misperception of Body Size Prevalent Among Women and their Children. American Heart Association Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention and Nutrition, Physical activity and Metabolism, March 23, 2011, P 16

6. Yala SM, Fleck EM, Sciacca R, Castro D, Giardina EGV. Cardiovascular Risk in Women: The Link between Framingham Risk Score and Education Inequalities. Circulation 2008;117(19)
Thande N, Emily Hurstak E, Sciacca RE, Giardina EGV. Management of obesity: a challenge for medical education and practice, American Heart Association 47th Annual conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, February,2007.

1. Giardina EGV, Sciacca RR, Yala SM, Foody JAM, D’Onofrio G, Villablanca A, Leatherwood S, Haynes SG: 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  2011;20 (6): 1-8

2. Thande NK, Hurstak EE, Sciacca RE, Giardina EGV: Management of obesity: a challenge for medical training and practice.  Obesity  2009;17(1): 107-13

3. Giardina EGV, Cassetta JA, Weiss MW, Stein M, Press R, Frassetto G: Reflections on a decade of experience in implementing a Center for Women’s Health at an academic medical center.  Journal of Women’s Health   2006;15: 319-329

4. Giardina EGV, Mull L, Sciacc RR, Akabas S, Flink L, Moise N, Paul TK, Dumas NE, Bier ML, Mattina D.: Relationship between cardiovascular disease knowledge and race/ethnicity, education and weight status.  Clinical Cardiology  2012;35: 43-48

5. Valli GA, Giardina EGV: Benefits, adverse effects and drug interactions of herbal therapies with cardiovascular effects.  Journal American College Cardiology  2002;38: 1083-95

6. Paul TK, Sciacca RR, Bier M, Rodriguez J, Song S, Giardina EGV: Size misperception among overweight and obese families.  J Gen Intern Med  2015;30: 43-50

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