Natalie Ann Bello, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
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Natalie Bello, MD, MPH, is a multimodality imaging cardiologist who returned to join the Columbia faculty after completing clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and has advanced training in cardiovascular MRI.

Her research focuses on better understanding the relationships between hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, future cardiovascular risk, and peripartum cardiomyopathy, as well as the use of echocardiography and cardiovascular MRI in assessing the effects of obesity on cardiovascular structure and function.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Advanced Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Clinical Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Echo Stress Test
  • Nuclear Cardiac Imaging

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Research, Women's Heart Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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  • MagnaCare


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  • Child/Family Health Plus
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  • Freedom
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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, 2005 University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2018- Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • 2017- American College of Cardiology/William F. Keating, Esq. Endowment Career Development Award for Hypertension Research
  • 2012 - Value-Based Health Care Delivery, Harvard Business School
  • 2011 - Franz Aepfelbacher Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical, Division of Cardiology
  • 2011 - Women’s Career and Leadership Development Conference, American College of Cardiology
  • 2008 - Gold Foundation Circle of Excellence, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2005 - Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, American Medical Women’s Association
  • 2005 - Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • 1995-1999 - Cornell Tradition Fellow, Cornell University


Selected Publications

  1. Swenson BR, Louie T, Lin HJ, Mendez-Giraldez R, Below JE, Laurie CC, Kerr KF, Highland H, Thornton TA, Ryckman KK, Kooperberg C, Soliman EZ, Seyerle AA, Guo X, Taylor KD, Yao J, Heckbert SR, Darbar D, Petty LE, McKnight B, Cheng S, Bello NA, Whitsel EA, Hanis CL, Nalls MA, Evans DS, Rotter JI, Sofer T, Avery C, Sotoodehnia N. GWAS of QRS Duration Identifies New Loci Specific to Hispanic/Latino Populations. PLOS ONE. 2019 Jun 28;14(6):e0217796. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217796. eCollection
  2. Booth JN, Anstey DE, Bello NA, Jaeger B, Pugliese DN, Thomas SJ, Deng L, Shikany J, Lloyd-Jones D, Schwartz JE, Lewis CE, Shimbo D, Muntner P. Race and sex differences in sleep blood pressure: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. J Clin Hypertens. 2019 Feb;21(2):184-192.
  3. Muntner P, Einhorn PT, Cushman WC, Whelton PK, Bello NA, Drawz PE, Green BB, Jones DW, Juraschek SP, Margolis KL, Miller ER, Navar AM, Ostchega Y, Rakotz MK, Rosner B, Schwartz JE, Shimbo D, Stergiou GS, Rownsend RR, Williamson JD, Wright JT, Appel LJ. Blood Pressure Assessment in Adults in Clinical Practice and Clinic-Based Research: Report from a 2017 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Working Group. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Jan 29; 73(3):317-335.
  4. Miller EC, Boehme AK, Chung NT, Wang SS, Lacey JV, Lakshminarayan K, Zhong C, Woo D, Bello NA, Wapner R, Elkin MSV, Willey JZ. Aspirin Reduces Long Term Stroke Risk in Women with Prior Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. Neurology. 2019 Jan 22; 92(4):e305-e316.
  5. Bello NA, Schwartz JE, Kronish IM, Oparil S, Anstey DE, Wei Y, Cheung YKK, Muntner P, Shimbo D. Number of Measurements Needed to Obtain a Reliable Estimate of Home Blood Pressure: Results from the Improving the Detection of Hypertension Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Oct 16; 7:e008658. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.008658.
  6. Anstey DE, Muntner P, Bello NA, Pugliese DN, Yano Y, Kronish IM, Reynolds K, Schwartz JE, Shimbo D. Diagnosing Masked Hypertension Using Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, Home Blood Pressure Monitoring, or Both? Hypertension. 2018 Nov; 72:1200-07.
  7. Bello NA, Woolley JJ, Cleary KL, Falzon L, Alpert BS, Oparil S, Cutter G, Wapner R, Muntner P, Tita AT, Shimbo D. Accuracy of Blood Pressure Measurement Devices in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review of Validation Studies. Hypertension. 2018 Feb; 71:326-35.
  8. Ndumele CE, Cobb L, Lazo M, Bello NA, Shah A, Nambi V, Blumenthal RS, Gerstenblith G, Solomon SD, Ballantyne CM, Selvin E, Coresh J. Weight History and Subclinical Myocardial Damage. Clin Chem. 2018 Jan; 64:201-9.
  9. Teerlink JR, Qian M, Freudenberger RA, Bello NA, Di Tullio MR, Graham S, Mann DL, Sacco RL, Mohr JP, Labovitz AJ, Ponikowski PP, Lok DJ, Anker SD, Thompson JL, Homma S, for the WARCEF Investigators. Aspirin does not increase heart failure events in chronic systolic heart failure patients- an analysis of the WARCEF Trial. JACC Heart Fail. 2017 Aug; 5(8).
  10. Upadhya B, Rocco M, Lewis CE, Oparil S, Lovato LC, Cushman WC, Bates JT, Bello NA, Aurigemma G, Fine LJ, Johnson KC, Rodriguez CJ, Raj DS, Rastogi A, Tamariz L, Wiggers A, Kitsman DW. The effect of intensive blood pressure treatment on heart failure events in the Systolic Blood Pressure Reduction Intervention Trial. Circ Heart Fail. 2017 Apr; 10(4). pii:e003613.
  11. Bello NA†, Hyacinth HH†, Roetker NS, Seals SR, Naik RP, Derebail VK, Kshirsagar AV, Key NS, Wilson JG, Correa A, Robert AJ, Egede LD, Longstreth W, Choudhary G, Gee BE, Hughes AL, Shah AM, Manson JE, Allison M, Burke GL, Folsom AR, Carty CL, Reiner AP, Solomon SD, Konety SH. Sickle cell trait is not associated with an increased risk of heart failure or abnormalities of cardiac structure and function in African Americans. Blood. 2017 Feb 9; 129(6):799-801. †co-first-authors
  12. Drawz P, Pajewski N, Bates J, Bello NA, Cushman W, Dwyer J, Fine L, Goff D, Haley W, Krousel-Wood M, McWilliams W, Rifkin D, Slinin Y, Taylor A, Townsend R, Wall B, Wright J, Rahman M. Effect of intensive versus standard clinic-based hypertension management on ambulatory blood pressure - results from the SPRINT ambulatory blood pressure study. Hypertension. 2017 Jan; 69(1):42-50.
  13. Bello NA, Cheng S, Claggett B, Shah A, Ndumele C, Roca GQ, Santos ABS, Gupta D, Vardeny O, Aguilar D, Folsom AR, Butler KR, Kitzman DW, Coresh J, Solomon SD. Association of Weight and Body Composition on Cardiac Structure and Function in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Circ Heart Fail. 2016; Aug 9(8).
  14. Booth JN, Muntner P, Diaz KM, Viera AJ, Bello NA, Schwartz JE, Shimbo DS. Evaluation of criteria to detect masked hypertension. J Clin Hypertens. 2016 Nov; 18(11):1086-1094.
  15. Ndumele C, Matsushita K, Lazo M, Bello N, Blumenthal R, Gerstenblith G, Nambi V, Ballantyne C, Solomon S, Selvin E, Folsom A, and Coresh J. Obesity and Subtypes of Incident Cardiovascular Disease. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jul 28;5(8). pii:e003921.
  16. Gori M, Gupta DK, Claggett B, Selvin E, Folsom AR, Matsushita K, Bello NA, Cheng S, Shah A, Skali H, Vardeny O, Ni H, Ballantyne CM, Astor BC, Klein BE, Aguilar D, Solomon SD. Natriuretic peptide and high-sensitivity troponin for cardiovascular risk prediction in diabetes: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Diabetes Care. 2016 May; 39(5):677-685.
  17. Santos AB, Gupta D, Bello NA, Gori M, Claggett B, Fuchs FD, Shah AM, Coresh J, Sharrett AR, Cheng S, Solomon SD. Prehypertension is associated with abnormalities of cardiac structure and function in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Am J Hypertens. 2016 May; 29(5):568-574.
  18. Bello NA, Lewis EF, Desai AS, Anand IS, Krun H, McMurray JJV, Olson K, Solomon SD, Swedberg K, van Veldhuisen DJ, Young JB, Pfeffer MA. Increased risk of stroke with darbepoetin alfa in anaemic heart failure patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Eur J Heart Fail. 2015 Nov: 17 (11):1201-1207.
  19. Querejeta Roca G. Redline S, Claggett B, Bello N, Ballantyne CM, Solomon SD, Shah AM. Sex-specific association of sleep apnea severity with subclinical myocardial injury, ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure risk in a community dwelling cohort: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities - Sleep Heart Health Study. Circulation. 2015 Oct 6; 132(14):1329-1337.
  20. Skali H, Shah A, Gupta DK, Cheng S, Claggett B, Liu J, Bello N, Aguilar D, Vardeny O, Matsushita K, Selvin E, Solomon S. Cardiac structure and function across the glycemic spectrum in elderly men and women free of prevalent heart disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk In the Community (ARIC) Study. Circ Heart Fail. 2015; 8:448-54.
  21. Desai AS, Claggett B, Pfeffer MA, Bello N, Finn PV, Granger CB, McMurray JJ, Pocock S, Swedberg K, Yusuf S, Solomon SD. Influence of hospitalization for cardiovascular versus noncardiovascular reasons on subsequent mortality in patients with chronic heart failure across the spectrum of ejection fraction. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Nov; 7(6):895-902.
  22. McMurray JJ, Packer M, Desai AS, Gong J, Lefkowitz MP, Rizkala AR, Roleau JL, Shi VC, Solomon SD, Swedberg K, Zile MR; PARADIGM Investigators and Committees. Angiotensin-neprilysin inhibition versus enalapril in heart failure. N Engl J Med. 2014 Sept 11; 371:993-1004.
  23. Bello NA, Claggett B, Desai AS, McMurray JJ, Granger CB, Yusuf S, Swedberg K, Pfeffer MA, Solomon SD. Influence of prior heart failure hospitalization on cardiovascular events in patients with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Jul; 7(4):590-595.
  24. Bello N, Pfeffer MA, Skali H, McGill JB, Rossert J, Olson KA, Weinrauch L, Cooper ME, Parving HH, de Zeeuw D, Rossing P, McMurray JJV, Solomon SD. Retinopathy and clinical outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and anemia. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. 2014; 2:eCollection.
  25. Santos AB†, Kraigher-Krainer E†, Bello N, Claggett B, Zile MR, Pieske B, Voors AA, McMurray JJV, Packer M, Bransford T, Lefkowitz M, Shah AM, Solomon SD. Left ventricular dyssynchrony in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction. Eur Heart J. 2014;35:42-7. †co-first-authors
  26. Bello N, Hurtado Rendon IS, Arany Z. The relationship between preeclampsia and peripartum cardiomyopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013; 62: 1715-23.