Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, <span>MD, MS</span>

Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, MS

Cardiovascular Disease (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Internal Medicine (Board Certified)
Languages: Spanish


Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD,MS is Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center and Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She trained as a non-invasive cardiologist, pharmaco-electrophysiologist and clinical pharmacologist all at Columbia University and recieved a Master's degree in metabolism from the Institute of Human Nutrition, College of Physicians & Surgeons. Her current research and educational focus is on cardiovascular risk and the impact of nutrition and obesity on intergenerational cardiovascular health and disease among women and their families.

Dr. Giardina is recognized nationally as an expert on cardio-active drugs and has been a member of the Cardio-Renal Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Pharmacology study section of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Her many honors include the Jane V. Myers Memorial Medical Scholarship from Bryn Mawr College, the PMA Faculty Development Award in Clinical Pharmacology, the American Heart Association Appreciation Award for community service, the American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award and she is a Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the American College of Physicians (FACP), and the American Heart Association (FAHA).

She was awarded the “Award of Excellence” by Governor George Pataki of New York State for research advancements on cardiac disease in women and for developing the Center for Women’s Health at the Columbia University Medical Center. She received the Medal of Honor from New York Medical College for outstanding achievements and was named a Fellow of the Virginia Apgar Society, an honor bestowed on Columbia University faculty that recognizes individual achievement and commitment to education excellence. Dr. Giardina is a member of the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) and she has mentored more than 40 students, residents, fellows and young attendings in the specialty of cardiovascular disease, women's health and nutrition.

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MD, New York Medical College (Valhalla)

MS, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Internship: Roosevelt Hospital

Residency: Roosevelt Hospital

Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY


  • Giardina EGV, Sciacca RR, Foody JAM, D’Onofrio G, Villablanca A, Leatherwood S, Taylor A, Haynes SG. The Office of Women’s Health initiative to improve women’s heart health: focus on knowledge and awareness among women with cardiometabolic risk factors. J Women’s Health, 2011, 20:1-8.
  • Giardina EGV, Mull L, Sciacca RR, Akabas S, Flink L, Moise N, Paul TK, Dumas NE, Bier M L, Mattina D. Relationship between Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge and Race/Ethnicity, Education and Weight Status. Clin Cardiol, 2012; 35(1):43-8
  • Getaneh A, Giardina EGV, Findley SE. Factors related to weight loss attempts among Dominican Immigrants. J Immigrant and Minority Health,2012; 3-12
  • Flink L, Sciacca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Giardina EG. Women at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Lack Basic Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge. Clin Cardiol, 2013
  • Giardina EGV, Sciacca RR, Flink LE, Paul TK, Rodriguez J, Bier ML, Moise N. Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge and Weight Perception Among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women, Journal of Women’s Health, 2013;22:1009-15
  • Giardina EGV.To fight the obesity epidemic, Americans will have to first recognize they are obese. Op-ED Pacific Standard, August 21, 2014
  • Giardina EGV. Heartbreaking News: Heart Attack in Young Women. Op-ED Huffington Post, November 23, 2014
  • Paul TK, Sciacca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Song S, Giardina EGV. “Size Misperception among Overweight and Obese Families.” J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jan;30(1):43-50 101.
  • Giardina EGV, Paul TK, Hayes D, Sciacca RR. Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Young Urban Women. Journal of Women's Health, 2016,11:1139-1146

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Professor of Medicine at CUMC

  • 1972-1974 - Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Association Awardee in Clinical Pharmacology;
  • 1978 - Fellow American College of Cardiology
  • 1994 - American Heart Association Appreciation Award for Advancement of Heart Disease in Women;
  • 1996 - First Award of Excellence, Womens History Month, Awarded by Governor George Pataki, New York State for developing a Center for Womens' Health Center and research in womens health;
  • 2000- Board of Directors, Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science; Strategic Planning Committee Chair
  • 2005-2008 - Secretary Board of Directors, Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science
  • 2005 - AHA Study Section Heritage Affiliate Grants Peer Review Section
  • 2008 - Trustee of the Board of Directors, The New York Academy of Medicine
  • 2009 -Fellow of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, CUMC
  • 2010 - Medal of Honor, New York Medical College
  • 2012 - Mentor, Laura Flink, MD, Young Clinical Investigator of the Year 2012 (NewYork State chapter, American College of Cardiology)
  • 2012 - Fellow Virginia Apgar Society, Vagelos College of Physicians &Surgeons
  • 2017 - Fellow Academy of Clinical Excellence, Vagelos College of Physician & Surgeons