Andrew J. Einstein, MD, PhD

Cardiovascular Disease
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Andrew J. Einstein is a cardiologist, cardiac imager, and researcher at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He serves as Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac CT, and Cardiac MRI, Director of the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship, and a tenured Professor of Medicine, with primary appointment in the Department of Medicine and secondary appointment in the Department of Radiology. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Einstein received an A.B. from Princeton University and attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he received an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. in the Department of Biomathematical Sciences. His graduate research focused on developing image analysis methodology in microscopy. He also received an M.S. in patient-oriented research/biostatistics from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. After internship and residency in internal medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he completed fellowship training at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Einstein’s clinical activities are centered on cardiovascular PET, SPECT, CT, and MRI, and he serves on the attending physician staff in the Heart Institute. His research, which uses each of these modalities, focuses on improving the use of imaging in cardiovascular medicine, with particular interests and current funded projects in quality of healthcare, radiation safety, global health, amyloidosis, artificial intelligence, and device development. It is funded by multiple NIH grants, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and industry.

Dr. Einstein is the author or coauthor of over 300 papers and abstracts, in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, BMJ, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This work has been influential in affecting clinical practice, and has been widely reported in the popular media and cited over 16,000 times in the scientific literature. For it, Dr. Einstein has received the American College of Cardiology's Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s Hermann Blumgart Award, the American Federation for Medical Research's Junior Physician Investigator Award, and the Lewis Katz Cardiovascular Research Prize for a Young Investigator.

He is a member of the editorial boards of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is frequently invited to lecture on subjects related to cardiovascular imaging, and has addressed organizations such as the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Senate in an AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy briefing. He has served as a member of study sections of the Center for Scientific Review, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and National Cancer Institute. He is Chair of the Academic Cardiology Section of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the boards of directors of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He serves as a member of the Congressionally-chartered National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes, and previously served as a voting member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. Einstein has served as a mentor to over fifty trainees at various stages ranging from high school to junior faculty.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Research Studies

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine (in Radiology)

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Program
  • Director, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac CT, and Cardiac MRI

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease


Selected Publications

1. Little MP, Azizova TV, Richardson DB, Tapio S, Bernier MO, Kreuzer M, Cucinotta FA, Bazyka D, Chumak V, Ivanov VK, Veiga LHS, Livinski A, Abalo K, *Zablotska LB, *Einstein AJ, *Hamada N (*co-senior authors). Ionising radiation and cardiovascular disease: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2023; 380: e072924.

2. Clerkin KJ, Topkara VK, Farr MA, Jain R, Colombo PC, Restaino S, Sayer G, Castillo M, Lam EY, Chernovolenko M, Yuzefpolskaya M, DeFilippis E, Latif F, Zorn E, Takeda K, Johnson LL, Uriel N, Einstein AJ. Noninvasive physiologic assessment of cardiac allograft vasculopathy is prognostic for post-transplant events. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2022; 80: 1617-1628.

 3. Einstein AJ, Hirschfeld C, Williams MC, Vitola JV, Better N, Villines TC, Cerci R, Shaw LJ,  Choi AD, Dorbala S, Karthikeyan G, Lu B, Sinitsyn V, Ansheles AA, Kudo T, Bucciarelli-Ducci C, Nørgaard BL, Maurovich-Horvat P, Campisi R, Milan E, Louw L, Allam AH, Bhatia M, Sewanan L, Malkovskiy L, Cohen Y, Randazzo M, Narula J, Morozova O, Pascual TNB, Pynda Y, Dondi M, Paez D, on behalf of the INCAPS COVID 2 Investigators Group. Worldwide disparities in recovery of cardiac testing 1 year into COVID-19. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2022; 79: 2001-2017.

 4. Einstein AJ, Shaw LJ, Hirschfeld CB, Williams MC, Villines TC, Better N, Vitola JV, Cerci R, Dorbala S, Raggi P, Choi AD, Lu B,  Sinitsyn V, Sergienko V, Kudo T, Nørgaard BL, Maurovich-Horvat P, Campisi R, Milan E, Louw L, Allam AH, Bhatia M, Malkovsky E, Goebel B, Cohen Y, Randazzo M, Narula J, Pascual TNB, Pynda Y, Dondi M, Paez D, on behalf of the INCAPS COVID Investigators Group. International impact of COVID-19 on the diagnosis of heart disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2021; 77: 173-185.

 5. Einstein AJ, Weiner SD, Bernheim A, Kulon M, Bokhari S, Johnson LL, Moses JW, Balter S. Multiple testing, cumulative radiation dose, and clinical indications in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging. JAMA 2010; 304: 2137-2144.

6. Einstein AJ, Johnson LL, Bokhari S, Son J, Thompson RC, Bateman TM, Hayes SW, Berman DS. Agreement of visual estimation of coronary artery calcium from low-dose CT attenuation correction scans in hybrid PET/CT and SPECT/CT with standard Agatston scores. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2010; 56: 1914-1921.

7. Fazel R, Krumholz HM, Wang Y, Ross JS, Chen J, Ting HH, Shah ND, Nasir K, Einstein AJ, Nallamothu BK. Exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation from medical imaging procedures. New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 361: 849-857.