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Director, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Institute

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS, is director of Preventive Cardiology. She leads a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and dieticians in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol (dyslipidemia). Her area of expertise is non-invasive imaging of the heart and blood vessels in youth with risk factors for heart attack and stroke. She leads the vascular core for many multicenter research studies and holds leadership roles in many organizations including the International Pediatric Hypertension Association and the North American Artery Association and she is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been a member of many important position papers and guidelines on treatment of cardiovascular risk factors in youth.

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Clinical Interests

High blood pressure; high cholesterol; hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)

Research Interests

Effect of CV risk factors on non-invasive measures of the heart and arteries

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Heart, Preventive Cardiology, Cardiology, Heart, Global Health

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My Education

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

Residency: Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1990.

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

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1991; Pediatric Cardiology, 1994.

My Publications

Inflammation and acute traffic-related air pollution exposures among a cohort of youth with type 1 diabetes. Puett, RC; Yanosky, JD; Mittleman, MA; Montresor-Lopez, J; Bell, RA; Crume, TL; Dabelea, D; Dolan, LM; D'Agostino, RB; Marcovina, SM; et al. Environment International. 2019; 132:105064-105064.

Predicting overweight and obesity in young adulthood from childhood body-mass index: comparison of cutoffs derived from longitudinal and cross-sectional data. Kartiosuo, N; Ramakrishnan, R; Lemeshow, S; Juonala, M; Burns, TL; Woo, JG; Jacobs Jr, DR; Daniels, SR; Venn, A; Steinberger, J; et al. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. 2019; 3:795-802.

Heart rate variability and cardiac autonomic dysfunction: Prevalence, risk factors, and relationship to arterial stiffness in the treatment options for type 2 diabetes in adolescents and youth (TODAY) study. Shah, AS; El Ghormli, L; Vajravelu, ME; Bacha, F; Farrell, RM; Gidding, SS; Katz, LE L; Tryggestad, JB; White, NH; Urbina, EM. Diabetes Care. 2019; 42:2143-2150.

The Preconception Period analysis of Risks and Exposures Influencing health and Development (PrePARED) consortium. Harville, EW; Mishra, GD; Yeung, E; Mumford, SL; Schisterman, EF; Jukic, AM; Hatch, EE; Mikkelsen, EM; Jiang, H; Ehrenthal, DB; et al. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2019; 33:490-502.

Type 1 diabetes is associated with an increase in cholesterol absorption markers but a decrease in cholesterol synthesis markers in a young adult population. Semova, I; Levenson, AE; Krawczyk, J; Bullock, K; Williams, KA; Wadwa, RP; Shah, AS; Khoury, PR; Kimball, TR; Urbina, EM; et al. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 2019; 13:940-946.

Long-Term Burden of Increased Body Mass Index from Childhood on Adult Dyslipidemia: The i3C Consortium Study. Yan, Y; Bazzano, LA; Juonala, M; Raitakari, OT; Viikari, JS A; Prineas, R; Dwyer, T; Sinaiko, A; Burns, TL; Daniels, SR; et al. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8:1725-1725.

Association of metformin and statin medications with surrogate measures of cardiovascular disease in youth with type 1 diabetes: The search for diabetes in youth study. Gourgari, E; Stafford, JM; D’Agostino, R; Dolan, LM; Lawrence, JM; Mottl, A; Pihoker, C; Urbina, EM; Wadwa, RP; Dabelea, D. Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2019; 24:187-194.

Association of perfluoroalkyl substances exposure with cardiometabolic traits in an island population of the eastern Adriatic coast of Croatia. Chen, A; Jandarov, R; Zhou, L; Calafat, AM; Zhang, G; Urbina, EM; Sarac, J; Augustin, DH; Caric, T; Bockor, L; et al. Science of the Total Environment. 2019; 683:29-36.

Association of Blood Pressure Level With Left Ventricular Mass in Adolescents SHIP AHOY. Urbina, EM; Mendizabal, B; Becker, RC; Daniels, SR; Falkner, BE; Hamdani, G; Hanevold, C; Hooper, SR; Ingelfinger, JR; Lanade, M; et al. Hypertension. 2019; 74:590-596.

Natural History of Atherosclerosis and Abdominal Aortic Intima-Media Thickness: Rationale, Evidence, and Best Practice for Detection of Atherosclerosis in the Young. Skilton, MR; Celermajer, DS; Cosmi, E; Crispi, F; Gidding, SS; Raitakari, OT; Urbina, EM. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8:1201-1201.