Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, FACC, FAC.P, FAHA

Elsa-Grace Giardina, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Center for Women's Health. Her commitment to teaching and mentoring is well recognized in Cardiology where she guides medical students, house staff, fellows, graduate students, and young faculty. In 1996 she was recognized by Governor George Pataki of New York State for her research advancements in women and for founding the Center for Women’s Health, a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary program focusing on women’s health.More than 10 years ago, she developed the elective in Women’s Health for 4th students at CUMC. Additionally, Dr. Giardina implemented a program to improve awareness and knowledge of cardiovascular disease among women living in Washington Heights. This program provided a unique venue for mentoring, integrating resources and collaborating with primary care physicians, pediatricians, and students and faculty from the Institute of Human Nutrition and the Mailman School of Public Health. On a national level, Dr. Giardina is also recognized for advocacy in mentoring and teaching. For over 7 years, she served on the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Foundation, whose mission is to guide medical student for careers in cardiovascular health. Representing the Sarnoff Board of Directors, she led the strategic plan for its 25th anniversary. She is a Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine where she upholds promoting education and advancing the health of NY’s urban women.

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