Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS

Director, Preventive Cardiology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-8265

Fax 513-636-0162

Email lipid_htm@cchmc.org

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.

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.

Urbina EM, Khoury PR, McCoy C, Daniels SR, Kimball TR, Dolan LM. Cardiac and vascular consequences of pre-hypertension in youth. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). May 2011;13(5):332-342.

Urbina EM, Dolan LM, McCoy CE, Khoury PR, Daniels SR, Kimball TR. Relationship between elevated arterial stiffness and increased left ventricle mass in adolescents and young adults. J Pediatr. May 2011;158(5):715-721. 

Urbina EM, Kimball TR, Khoury PR, Daniels SR, Dolan LM. Increased arterial stiffness is found in adolescents with obesity or obesity-related type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Hypertens. Aug 2010;28(8):1692-1698.

Urbina EM, Wadwa RP, Davis C, Snively BM, Dolan LM, Daniels SR, Hamman RF, Dabelea D. Prevalence of increased arterial stiffness in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus differs by measurement site and sex. J Pediatr. May 2010;156(5):731-737.

Urbina EM, Kimball TR, McCoy CE, Khoury PR, Daniels SR, Dolan LM. Youth with obesity and obesity-related type 2 diabetes mellitus demonstrate abnormalities in carotid structure and function. Circulation. Jun 2009;119(22):2913-2919.

Urbina EM, Bean JA, Daniels SR, D’Alessio D, Dolan LM. Overweight and hyperinsulinemia provide individual contributions to comprises in brachial artery distensibility in healthy adolescents and young adults: brachial distensibility in children. J Am Soc Hypertens. Jun 2007;1(3):200-207.

Urbina EM, Kieltkya L, Tsai J, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Impact of multiple cardiovascular risk factors on brachial artery distensibility in young adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hypertens. Jun 2005;18:767-771.

Urbina EM, Srinivasan SR, Kieltyka RL, Tang R, Bond MG, Chen W, Berenson GS. Correlates of carotid artery stiffness in young adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Atherosclerosis. Sep 2004;176(1):157-164.

Urbina EM, Srinivasan SR, Tang R, Bond MG, Kieltyka L, Berenson GS. Impact of multiple coronary risk factors on the intima-media thickness of different segments of carotid artery in healthy young adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Cardiol. Nov 2002;90(9):953-958.

Urbina EM, Gidding SS, Bao W, Pickoff AS, Berdusis K, Berenson GS. Effect of body size, ponderosity and blood pressure of the left ventricular growth in children and young adults in Bogalusa Heart Study. Circulation. May 1995;91(9):2400-2406.

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.