Emily J. Tsai, MD

Specialties:
Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Overview

Dr. Emily J. Tsai is the Florence Irving Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons and an attending physician at the Center for Advanced Cardiac Care of New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Board-certified in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Dr. Tsai specializes in caring for heart failure patients who require, or who have received, a ventricular assist device or heart transplant.

Dr. Tsai is a magna cum laude graduate in engineering sciences of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program. She completed internal medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then cardiology fellowship and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awardee, Dr. Tsai completed post-doctoral basic cardiovascular research training at Johns Hopkins University in the laboratory of Dr. David A. Kass. After fellowship training, Dr. Tsai was recruited to Temple University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medicine and physiology and a principal investigator in its Cardiovascular Research Center. In 2015, Dr. Tsai joined the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and established her laboratory in molecular and integrative cardiac pathophysiology. 

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Tsai studies the molecular and cellular biology of heart failure with the goal of developing novel therapies. Major areas of research in Dr. Tsai’s laboratory include the signaling of soluble guanylyl cyclase (the nitric oxide receptor) in the heart, right heart dysfunction, and cardiac complications associated with COVID-19. Dr. Tsai has been nationally recognized for her scientific achievements by the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America, with their respective Presidential Career Development Award and Jay N. Cohn New Investigator in Basic Sciences Award. She has been awarded several research grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Foundation of Gender Specific Medicine, and the Columbia University Provost’s Grants Program. Dr. Tsai has served on national committees of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Failure Society of America.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant Management
  • Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Academic Appointments

  • Florence Irving Associate Professor of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Languages

  • Mandarin

Gender

  • Female

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Location(s)

173 Fort Washington Avenue
Floor 4, Suite 617
New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • 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

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

RiverSpring

  • Special Needs

UnitedHealthcare

  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, 2002 Harvard Medical School
  • Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

1992 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
1992 Presidential Scholar Finalist
1996 Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard College
1996 Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College
1999 Inductee, The Aesculapian Club, Harvard Medical School
1999 Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholar
2000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Advanced Scholar
2001 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continued Fellowship for Medical Studies

2001 Wellsford & Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Scholarship
2002 Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School
2007 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2008 Finalist, Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum
2010 Faculty Development Research Award, Department of Medicine, Temple University
2012 Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award in Basic Science, Heart Failure Society of America

2015 Provost's Grant for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, Columbia University
2016 M. Irene Ferrer Scholar Award, Columbia University College of P&S Department of Medicine and The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine

2017 Presidential Career Development Award, American College of Cardiology

2018 Lewis Katz Cardiovascular Research Prize

Research

Dr. Emily J. Tsai is the Florence Irving Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons and an attending physician at the Center for Advanced Cardiac Care of New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Board-certified in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Dr. Tsai specializes in caring for heart failure patients who require, or who have received, a ventricular assist device or heart transplant.

Dr. Tsai is a magna cum laude graduate in engineering sciences of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program. She completed internal medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then cardiology fellowship and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awardee, Dr. Tsai completed post-doctoral basic cardiovascular research training at Johns Hopkins University in the laboratory of Dr. David A. Kass. After fellowship training, Dr. Tsai was recruited to Temple University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medicine and physiology and a principal investigator in its Cardiovascular Research Center. In 2015, Dr. Tsai joined the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and established her laboratory in molecular and integrative cardiac pathophysiology. 

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Tsai studies the molecular and cellular biology of heart failure with the goal of developing novel therapies. Major areas of research in Dr. Tsai’s laboratory include the signaling of soluble guanylyl cyclase (the nitric oxide receptor) in the heart, right heart dysfunction, and cardiac complications associated with COVID-19. Dr. Tsai has been nationally recognized for her scientific achievements by the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America, with their respective Presidential Career Development Award and Jay N. Cohn New Investigator in Basic Sciences Award. She has been awarded several research grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Foundation of Gender Specific Medicine, and the Columbia University Provost’s Grants Program. Dr. Tsai has served on national committees of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Failure Society of America.