Elsa Grace Vonna Giardina, MD

Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, more

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CUIMC/Herbert Irving Pavilion

161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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About Elsa Grace Vonna Giardina, MD

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.

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Specialties & Expertise

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Metabolism and Weight on the Heart
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Women's Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Womens Heart Disease


  • Medical School: New York Medical College (Valhalla)
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Residency: Roosevelt Hospital
  • Internship: Roosevelt Hospital

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Awards & Honors

  • 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 at Columbia University Medical Center and innovative clinical research in womens health;
  • 2000- Board of Directors, Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science; Strategic Planning Committee Chair
  • 2005 - AHA Study Section Heritage Affiliate Grants Peer Review Section
  • 2005-2008 - Secretary Board of Directors, Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science
  • 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 - Fellow Virginia Apgar Society, Vagelos College of Physicians &Surgeons
  • 2012 - Mentor, Laura Flink, MD,Young Clinical Investigator of the Year 2012, (NewYork State chapter, American College of Cardiology)
  • 2017 - Fellow Academy of Clinical Excellence, Vagelos College of Physician & Surgeons

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