Gissette Soffer, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC
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Despite an unconventional path to become a clinical-translational researcher, I have been able to develop and demonstrate expertise and leadership in the execution of clinical research projects. My academic achievements could not be possible without the exceptional guidance, friendship and mentorship of Dr. Henry N. Ginsberg. I am highly motivated, enthusiastic, persistent, and extremely goal oriented. I obtained an MD from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic, my homeland. I completed my post graduate work at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), sponsored by an NIH T32- Atherosclerosis training grant. In 2007, I joined the faculty of the Dept of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition at CUMC. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUIMC. My laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate lipid and lipoproteins in health and disease states. The laboratory has independent funding from NIH-NHLBI and internal career development grants. We have received funding from Industry to study the mechanisms regulating lipid and lipoproteins following treatments with novel lipid lowering therapies. We have a growing list of publications and many future projects in the pipeline.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC


  • Spanish


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, Medicine , Pontifical Catholic University Madre and Maestra (Dominican Republic)
  • Internship: Pontifical Catholic University Madre and Maestra (Dominican Republic)
  • Fellowship: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Committees, Societies, Councils

2004-Present Member, American Heart Association, ATVB council

Diversity Committee Co-Chair (Jan 2018-June 2019), Chair (Jun 2019-June 2020).

ATVB National Meeting Planning Committee and Abstract Reviewer (2018-2019)

2013-2014 Genzyme, Advisory Committee – Mipomersen (apoB antisense)

2014-2017 Merck, Inc. Member Advisory Committee – Anacetrapib (CETP Inhibitor)

2014-Present Reviewer, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

2014-Present Member, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

2015-Present Reviewer, Journal of Lipid Research, Diabetes, Journal of Clinical Nutrition

2016-Present Member, National Lipid Association (previous member 2004-2010)

2016-Present Reviewer, ATVB Journal

2016- Present Lp(a) Foundation Scientific Advisory Board

2017-Present Associate Editor, Journal of Atherosclerosis (EAS journal)

2019-Present Junior Associate Editor, Journal of Lipid Research

Honors & Awards

Herbert Irving Professor of Medicine (2019-2023).