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Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM
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Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM

Interventional Cardiology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Cardiovascular Disease (Board Certified)
Office Phone: (212) 305-7060
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital / CUIMC. Dr. Kirtane is an internationally-renowned leader in Interventional Cardiology, specializing in the care of patients with complex coronary and peripheral vascular disease.

In addition to his clinical commitments, Dr. Kirtane has a strong interest in clinical education and research, serving as Chief Academic Officer of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy. He is a co-director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference, has served as a director of several international, national, and regional educational conferences, and has participated on the program committees for the scientific sessions of both the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Dr. Kirtane’s research interests are in clinical trial methodology and outcomes of device-based and pharmacologic interventions in Interventional Cardiology. He has authored over 300 original manuscripts and over 80 reviews and editorials including the “Coronary Stenting” chapters of the two most widely used textbooks in Interventional Cardiology. He is/has been Principal Investigator and serves on the steering committees of several clinical trials in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Dr. Kirtane is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his residency/chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco. He then completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Coronary and Peripheral Vascular Intervention at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School and additionally obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health prior to moving back to Columbia. In his free time, Dr. Kirtane has avid interests in running, tennis, skiing, and music, and lives in New Jersey with his wife, 2 children, and their dog Oliver.

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

Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Amida Care [Special Needs 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]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield [Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield]

Local 1199 [Local 1199]

MagnaCare [MagnaCare]

Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]

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, The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)]

VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth, Special Needs Plan]

WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]


AB, Princeton University

1998 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2005 Harvard School of Public Health

SM, Harvard School of Public Health

Internship: University of California-San Francisco Medical Center

Residency: University of California-San Francisco Medical Center

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School/ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


  1. Kirtane AJ, Parikh PB, Stuckey TD, Xu K, Witzenbichler B, Weisz G, Rinaldi MJ, Neumann FJ, Metzger DC, Henry TD, Cox DA, Duffy PL, Brodie BR, Mazzaferri EL Jr, Parvataneni R, Maehara A, Généreux P, Mehran R, Stone GW. Is There an Ideal Level of Platelet P2Y12-Receptor Inhibition in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention?: "Window" Analysis From the ADAPT-DES Study (Assessment of Dual AntiPlatelet Therapy With Drug-Eluting Stents). JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 Dec 28;8(15):1978-87.
  2. Kirtane AJ, King SB 3rd. Should all stent patients have prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy? JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 May;8(6):873-5.
  3. Kirtane AJ, Kelly CR. Clearing the air on the "smoker's paradox". J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Mar 24;65(11):1116-8.
  4. Kirtane AJ, Stone GW. STEMI care in China: a world opportunity. Lancet. 2015 Jan 31;385(9966):400-1.
  5. Kirtane AJ, Leon MB, Ball MW, Bajwa HS, Sketch MH Jr, Coleman PS, Stoler RC, Papadakos S, Cutlip DE, Mauri L, Kandzari DE; ENDEAVOR IV Investigators. The "final" 5-year follow-up from the ENDEAVOR IV trial comparing a zotarolimus-eluting stent with a paclitaxel-eluting stent. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Apr;6(4):325-33.
  6. Kirtane AJ, Leon MB. The Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valve (PARTNER) trial: clinical trialist perspective. Circulation. 2012 Jun 26;125(25):3229-32.
  7. Kirtane AJ, Stone GW. How to minimize stent thrombosis. Circulation. 2011 Sep 13;124(11):1283-7.
  8. Kirtane AJ, Gupta A, Iyengar S, Moses JW, Leon MB, Applegate R, Brodie B, Hannan E, Harjai K, Jensen LO, Park SJ, Perry R, Racz M, Saia F, Tu JV, Waksman R, Lansky AJ, Mehran R, Stone GW. Safety and efficacy of drug-eluting and bare metal stents: comprehensive meta-analysis of randomized trials and observational studies. Circulation. 2009 Jun 30;119(25):3198-206.
  9. Kirtane AJ, Ellis SG, Dawkins KD, Colombo A, Grube E, Popma JJ, Fahy M, Leon MB, Moses JW, Mehran R, Stone GW. Paclitaxel-eluting coronary stents in patients with diabetes mellitus: pooled analysis from 5 randomized trials. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Feb 19;51(7):708-15.
  10. Jeremias A, Kirtane A. Balancing efficacy and safety of drug-eluting stents in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Feb 5;148(3):234-8.
  11. Kirtane AJ, Piazza G, Murphy SA, Budiu D, Morrow DA, Cohen DJ, Peterson E, Lakkis N, Herrmann HC, Palabrica TM, Gibson CM; TIMI Study Group. Correlates of bleeding events among moderate- to high-risk patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention and treated with eptifibatide: observations from the PROTECT-TIMI-30 trial. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Jun 20;47(12):2374-9.
  12. Kirtane AJ, Martinezclark P, Rahman AM, Ray KK, Karmpaliotis D, Murphy SA, Giugliano RP, Cannon CP, Antman EM, Roe MT, Harrington RA, Ohman EM, Braunwald E, Gibson CM. Association of smoking with improved myocardial perfusion and the angiographic characterization of myocardial tissue perfusion after fibrinolytic therapy for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2005 Jan 18;45(2):321-3.

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Associate Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Columbia University Medical Center:
2009 Ewig Clinical Teaching Award (three-year funded award), Department of Medicine
2010 Daniel V. Kimberg Junior Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Medicine (given annually to a single recipient)
2011-present Selected to be a Firm Attending on the Neu Firm, Columbia University Department of Medicine
2012 Participant (by nomination/acceptance) in P&S Leadership & Management Institute sponsored by Columbia Doctors, The Columbia Faculty Practice Organization and the Office of the Dean at the College of P&S

American College of Cardiology:
2010 Selected as American College of Cardiology’s Emerging Faculty

Harvard Medical School:
2005 George E. Altman, M.D. and Harriet Altman Annual Cardiology Fellow Award

University of California San Francisco:
2000 Selected as Chief Medical Resident for 2001-2002 academic year

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons:
1996 Gregory Grove Memorial Scholarship (given to the highest-ranking student in the second year class), co-recipient
1998 Externship in Human Rights and Medicine in India
1998 Marie Nercessian Memorial Award for Humanism in Medicine
1998 Membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Society

Princeton University:
1993 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Fellowship
1994 E.R. Squibb and Sons Senior Thesis Prize for Contributions to Scientific Research
1994 Membership in Phi Beta Kappa Society
1994 Membership in Society of Sigma Xi

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Starting Jan. 5, 2019, 1 trains will bypass the 168th Street subway station at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center until early 2020.