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Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, MS

  • Professor of Medicine at CUMC
  • Director Center for Women's Health in Cardiology
  • Director Ambulatory Clinic Cardiovascular Fellowship
Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, MS

Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD,MS is Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center and Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She trained as a non-invasive cardiologist, pharmaco-electrophysiologist and clinical pharmacologist all at Columbia University and recieved a Master's degree in metabolism from the Institute of Human Nutrition, College of Physicians & Surgeons. Her current research and educational focus is on cardiovascular risk and the impact of nutrition and obesity on intergenerational cardiovascular health and disease among women and their families.

Dr. Giardina is recognized nationally as an expert on cardio-active drugs 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). Her many honors include the Jane V. Myers Memorial Medical Scholarship from Bryn Mawr College, the PMA 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 she is a Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine.

She was awarded the “Award of Excellence” by Governor George Pataki of New York State for research advancements on cardiac disease in women and for developing the Center for Women’s Health at the Columbia University Medical Center. She received the Medal of Honor from New York Medical College for outstanding achievements and was named a Fellow of the Virginia Apgar Society, an honor bestowed on Columbia University faculty that recognizes individual achievement and commitment to education, research and clinical excellence. Dr. Giardina has mentored more than 40 students, residents, fellows and young attendings in the specialty of cardiovascular disease, women's health and nutrition.

Departments And Divisions

  • Department of Medicine
    Division of Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Women's Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Palpitations
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Metabolism and Weight on the Heart
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Education & Training

  • MD, New York Medical College (Valhalla)
  • MS, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: Roosevelt Hospital
  • Residency: Roosevelt Hospital
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY


  • Herbert Irving Pavilion

    161 Fort Washington Avenue
    Floor: 6, Suite: 645
    New York, NY 10032
    (212) 305-5371

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-5371


  • Knowledge, Weight Perception and Weigt Loss Efforts in Overweight and Obese Urban Women
    Moise N, Sciacca R, Rodriguez J, Giardina E-GV. Knowledge, Obesity, 2011, 19 suppl 1: S228
  • Increased gingival bleeding reported by mothers at risk for cardiovascular disease.
    Lal S*, Decolognon J, Rodriguez J, Chussid S, Grbic J, Sciacca R, Giardina EGV. International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/LAR Annual meeting, Igua�u Falls, Brazil, South America, June, 2012� * Dr. Lal is the recipient of the 2012 IADR LION Dental Research Award for Junior Investigators resulting from this work.
  • High Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Low Cardiovascular disease knowledge among women may cause vulnerability
    Flink LE*, Sciaccca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Giardina EGV. New York Cardiology Society, New York chapter American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting October 2012; *Dr. Flink was awarded 2012 Young Investigator Award from the New York Chapter of the American College of Cardiology for this work.
  • Women at high risk for cardiovascular disease lack basic cardiovascular disease knowledge.
    Flink LE, Sciaccca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Giardina EGV. Oral Presentation American Heart Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, November 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, "A Healthy You: Inside and Outside”; Annual Public Health Symposium, Circle of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, November 3, 2012
  • Paul TK, Sciacca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Song S, Giardina EGV.� Intergenerational Misperception of Size among Overweight and Obese Families.� J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jan; 30(1):43-50; PMID: 25223750
  • Giardina EGV, Paul TK, Hayes D, Sciacca RR. Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Young Urban Women, 2016, J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Community Service

  • CUMC Neighborhood Medical Fund Steering Committee
    Columbia University Medical Center, New York
    January 2006 - Present

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Chief, Cardiovascular Ambulatory Care, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training, Division of Cardiology
  • Chief, Preventive Cardiology, Fellowship Training, Division of Cardiology


Fellow, American College of Cardiology

Fellow, American College of Physicians

Fellow, American Heart Association

Trustee, New York Academy of Medicine

Honors & 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, Womens History Month, Awarded by Governor George Pataki, New York State for developing a Center for Womens' Health Center and research in womens health;
  • 2000- Board of Directors, Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science; Strategic Planning Committee Chair
  • 2005-2008 - Secretary Board of Directors, Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science
  • 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
  • 2012 Mentor, Laura Flink, MD, Young Clinical Investigator of the Year 2012 (NewYork State chapter, American College of Cardiology)
  • 2012 -Fellow Virginia Apgar Society, College of Physicians &Surgeons
  • 2017 -Fellow Academy of Clinical Excellence, CUMC