Marwah Abdalla, MD, MPH

Board Certifications: 
Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Hypertension, Critical Care Cardiology, Adult Cardiology

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Education

Marwah Abdalla, MD, MPH is a clinical cardiologist, cardiac intensivist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She is the Director of Education for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and is a full-time faculty member in the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia. Her areas of expertise include critical care cardiology and hypertension. Dr. Abdalla is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and echocardiography. She is also an NIH funded clinical investigator with a research interest in the cardiovascular manifestations of hypertension, assessed by echocardiography, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and sleep. 

Dr. Abdalla received her Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health. She was an Intern, Resident, and Chief Resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She completed her training as a cardiology Fellow and Chief Fellow at Columbia University Medical Center. 

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

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

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • 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

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 - Lewis Katz Cardiovascular Research Prize-Columbia University
  • 2012 - “Physician of the Year” New York Presbyterian-Columbia University
  • 2012 - “Up and Coming, Future Stars of Cardiology”-Cardiosource Magazine
  • 2012 - Columbia University Medical House Staff Fellow Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • 2009 - Residency Mentor Award Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 2008 - Martin P. Solomon Education Award Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 2006 - Norma Bailey Berniker Prize (Thesis Prize) Yale School of Medicine
  • 2006 - Laboratory Medicine Award (Thesis Prize) Yale School of Medicine

Research

Dr. Abdalla's clinical research focuses on understanding the mechanistic link between hypertension, target organ damage, and cardiovascular disease outcomes. This research includes work on out-of-office blood pressure assessment, abnormal ambulatory blood pressure phenotypes including masked hypertension and nocturnal hypertension, and sleep disorders. 

Grants

NOCTURNAL HYPERTENSION AND SLEEP (Federal Gov)

May 1 2019 - Apr 30 2024

AHA AMFDP AWARD ABDALLA (Private)

Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2022

INSTITUTIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CORE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021

IMPACT OF PROLONGED SEDENTARY BEHAVIOR ON CARDIAC OUTCOMES AND MORTALITY IN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME PATIENTS (Federal Gov)

Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2020

IMPACT OF SOCIAL-INTERPERSONAL FACTORS IN THE ER ON PTSD/CARDIAC OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

Aug 8 2013 - Jul 31 2019

INCORPORATION OF A HYPERTENSION WORKING GROUP INTO THE JACKSON HEART STUDY (Federal Gov)

Jul 15 2013 - Jun 30 2016

Selected Publications

1. Abdalla, M. Akwo, E., Bluemke, D, Lima, JAC, Shimbo, D, Maurer, M, Bertoni, A. Association between Reduced Myocardial Contraction Fraction and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. International Journal of Cardiology, 2019 Jul 11. pii: S0167-5273(19)30083-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2019.07.040.

2. Anstey, DE, Tanner, RM, Booth, JN, Bress, AP, Diaz, KM, Sims, M, Ogedegbe, O, Muntner, P, Abdalla, M. Inappropriate Left Ventricular Mass and Cardiovascular Disease Events in African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study, J Am Heart Assoc, in press 2019.

3. Abdalla, M., Booth, JN., Seals, SR., Spruill, TM., Viera, AJ., Diaz, KM., Sims, M., Muntner, P., Shimbo, D. Masked Hypertension and Incident Hypertension among Blacks in the Jackson Heart Study. Hypertension, 2016. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.06904

4. Abdalla, M., Booth, JN., Diaz, KM., Sims, M., Muntner, P., Shimbo, D. Hypertension and Alterations in Left Ventricular Geometry in African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 2016 Jun 2. pii: S1933-1711(16)30324-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2016.05.010.

5. Abdalla, M., Kovach, N., Liu, C., Damp, J.B., Jahangir, E., Hilliard, A., Gopinathannair, R., Abu-Fadel, M.S., El Chami, M.F., Gafoor, S., Vedanthan, R., Sanchez-Shields, M., George, JC., Priester, T., Alasnag, M., Barker, C., Freeman, A.M. The Importance of Global Health Experiences in the Development of New Cardiologists. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2015 Dec 24. pii: S0735-1097(15)07529-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.10.089.