Andrew Jeffrey Einstein, MD, PhD

Board Certifications: 
Cardiovascular Disease
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Overview

Andrew J. Einstein is a cardiologist, cardiac imager, and researcher at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He serves as Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac CT, and Cardiac MRI, Director of the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship, and Associate Professor of Medicine (in Radiology). Born and raised in New Jersey, Andrew 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 SPECT, PET, CT, and MRI, and he serves on the attending staff in the cardiac ICU and 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 radiation safety, machine learning, amyloidosis, COVID-19, global health, and device development. It is funded by multiple NIH grants, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, and industry.

Dr. Einstein is the author or coauthor of over 200 papers and abstracts, in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, 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 11,000 times in the scientific literature. For it, Dr. Einstein received the American College of Cardiology's Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist 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 has 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 the chair-elect 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 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 forty trainees at various stages ranging from high school to junior faculty.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Research Studies

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (in Radiology)

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease

Research

Selected Publications

1. 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.:

2. 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..

3. 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.:

4. Einstein AJ. Radiation protection of patients undergoing cardiac computed tomographic angiography. JAMA 2009; 301: 545-7.:

5. Einstein AJ, Moser KW, Thompson RC, Cerqueira MD, Henzlova MJ. Radiation dose to patients from cardiac diagnostic imaging. Circulation 2007;116:1290-1305.:

6. Einstein AJ, Henzlova MJ, Rajagopalan S. Estimating risk of cancer associated with radiation exposure from 64-slice computed tomography coronary angiography. JAMA 2007;298:317-323.: