Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS

Director, Preventive Cardiology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-8265

Fax: 513-636-0162


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Pediatric high blood pressure and cholesterol, diet and exercise to prevent adult heart disease


Elaine M. Urbina, MD, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1988. She subsequently trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. She completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1994 where she accepted an assistant professor position.

In addition to practicing clinical pediatric cardiology at Tulane, she was also director of preventive cardiology and the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory. Her research interests led her to join the world-renowned Bogalusa Heart Study, one of the longest running epidemiologic studies of CV risk factors in children. As co-investigator under the tutelage of Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, she initiated the non-invasive imaging program and supervised collection of CV data for over a decade.

Dr. Urbina joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as associate professor in October of 2003 and became director of preventive cardiology in 2006. This new opportunity allowed her to concentrate her clinical practice on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure and cholesterol. She continues her research studies concentrating on non-invasive imaging methods to measure atherosclerosis with a focus on vascular function abnormalities using the modalities of:

  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Arterial Stiffness
  • Endothelial Function

Her current research includes the application of these new techniques to study the roles that pre- and post-natal nutrition, overweight, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes play in the development of hardening of the arteries.

Education and Training

MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1988.

Residency: University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1990; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 1991 (Pediatrics).

Fellowship: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1994 (Pediatric Cardiology).

Certification: Pediatrics 1991; Pediatric Cardiology 1994.


View PubMed Publications


Accelerated CV Aging in Youth Related to CV Risk Factor Clusters. Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Jan 2011-Dec 2016.

SEARCH 3: Cohort Study - Ohio site. Co-Investigator. Centers for Disease Control & National Institutes of Health. Sept 2010-Oct 2015.

Cardiovascular Effects of Dietary Fat & Exercise Challenges in Obese Children. Collaborator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. June 2008-May 2013.

Modifying Dietary Behavior in Adolescents with Elevated Blood Pressure. Co-Investigator. Natonal Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dec 2007-Nov 2012.