Sonia Tolani, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
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Dr. Tolani received her medical degree with honors from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her internship, medical residency and her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. As part of her cardiology fellowship, Dr. Tolani spent several years studying the interplay of cholesterol and inflammation and how this interaction impacts atherosclerosis. Her research has been published in core journals including Atherosclerosis, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Journal of Immunology.

Dr. Tolani is part of the ColumbiaDoctors Hypertension Center and she is the co-Director of the Columbia Women's Heart Center, a unique program focusing on providing state of the art treatment and preventative care to women of all ages. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Tolani is also working on developing digital tools to better educate health care providers about heart disease in women and to improve heart disease awareness in women globally.

Dr. Tolani's areas of expertise include consultative cardiology, preventative medicine and women's heart disease including the treatment of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiography.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Cardiology Consultation
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
  • Cholesterol and Triglyceride Management
  • General Cardiology
  • Geriatric Cardiology
  • Heart Disease and Women
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension In Pregnancy
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Sports Cardiology

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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51 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Insurance Accepted


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


  • Medicare Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


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


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • 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

Fidelis Care

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


  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Special Needs


  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Residency: 2009 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: 2013 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 6/2011 Winner of Daniel L. Macken Cardiology Fellowship Research Award 
  • 5/2006 Medical Degree Conferred with Honors in Microbiology 
  • 5/2006 Bertram M. Gesner Memorial Award for Excellence in Immunology research


Selected Publications

  • Tolani D, Pagler T, Murphy AJ, Bochem A, Abramowicz S, Welch C, Nagareddy P, Holleran S, Hovingh GK, Kuivenhoven JA and Tall AR. Hypercholesterolemia and reduced HDL-C promote hematopoietic stem cell proliferation and monocytosis: studies in mice and FH children. Atherosclerosis. Accepted, in final revision.
  • Murphy AJ, Akhtari M, Tolani S, Pagler T, Bijl N, Kuo C, Wang M, Sanson M, Abramaowicz S, Welch C, Bochem A, Kuivenhoven JA, Yvan-Charvet L, Tall AR. ApoE regulates hematopoietic stem cell proliferation, monocytosis, and monocyte accumulation in atherosclerotic lesions in mice. J Clin Invest. 121(10): p. 4138-49, 2011.
  • Pillinger MH, Marjanovic N, Kim SY, Lee YC, Scher JU, Roper J, Abeles AM, Izmirly PI, Axelrod M, Pillinger MY, Tolani S, Dinsell V, Abramson SB, Blaser MJ. Helicobacter pylori stimulates gastric epithelial cell MMP-1 secretion via CagA-dependent and -independent ERK activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 282:18722-31, 2007.
  • Pillinger MH. Marjanovic N. Kim SY. Scher JU. Izmirly P. Tolani S. Dinsell V. Lee YC. Blaser MJ. Abramson SB. Matrix metalloproteinase secretion by gastric epithelial cells is regulated by E prostaglandins and MAPKs. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 280:9973-9, 2005.
  • Pillinger MH. Dinsell V. Apsel B. Tolani SN. Marjanovic N. Chan ES. Gomez P. Clancy R. Chang LF. Abramson SB. Regulation of metalloproteinases and NF-kappaB activation in rabbit synovial fibroblasts via E prostaglandins and Erk: contrasting effects of nabumetone and 6MNA. British Journal of Pharmacology. 142:973-82, 2004.
  • Pillinger MH. Rosenthal PB. Tolani SN. Apsel B. Dinsell V. Greenberg J. Chan ES. Gomez PF. Abramson SB. Cyclooxygenase-2-derived E prostaglandins down-regulate matrix metalloproteinase-1 expression in fibroblast- like synoviocytes via inhibition of extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation. Journal of Immunology. 171:6080-9, 2003.
  • Mongini PK. Jackson AE. Tolani S. Fattah RJ. Inman JK. Role of complement-binding CD21/CD19/CD81 in enhancing human B cell protection from Fas-mediated apoptosis. Journal of Immunology. 171:5244-54, 2003.
  • Mongini PK. Tolani S. Fattah RJ. Inman JK. Antigen receptor triggered upregulation of CD86 and CD80 in human B cells: augmenting role of the CD21/CD19 co-stimulatory complex and IL-4. Cellular Immunology. 216:50-64, 2002.