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Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS

  • Director, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Institute
  • Research Integrity Officer
  • Faculty Conflict of Interest Officer
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.

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.


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

Services and Specialties

Heart, Preventive Cardiology


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

Research Areas

Cardiology, Heart, Global Health

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Subclinical Systolic and Diastolic Dysfunction Is Evident in Youth With Elevated Blood Pressure. Tran, AH; Flynn, JT; Becker, RC; Daniels, SR; Falkner, BE; Ferguson, M; Hanevold, CD; Hooper, SR; Ingelfinger, JR; Lande, MB; Mitsnefes, M; Rosner, B; Samuels, JA; Urbina, EM. Hypertension. 2020; 75:1551-1556.


Prediction of adult class II/III obesity from childhood BMI: the i3C consortium. Woo, JG; Zhang, N; Fenchel, M; Jr, JD R; Hu, T; Urbina, EM; Burns, TL; Raitakari, O; Steinberger, J; Bazzano, L; Daniels, SR; Sinaiko, A; Dwyer, T; Venn, A. International Journal of Obesity. 2020; 44:1164-1172.


Non-HDL Cholesterol Levels in Childhood and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Adulthood. Juonala, M; Wu, F; Sinaiko, A; Woo, JG; Urbina, EM; Jacobs, D; Steinberger, J; Prineas, R; Koskinen, J; Sabin, MA; Daniels, SR; Dwyer, T; Raitakari, OT; Magnussen, CG. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:e20192114.


Thirty-Year Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Events in Adolescents with Severe Obesity. Ryder, JR; Xu, P; Inge, TH; Xie, C; Jenkins, TM; Hur, C; Lee, M; Choi, J; Michalsky, MP; Kelly, AS; Urbina, EM. Obesity. 2020; 28:616-623.


Reduction in myocardial strain is evident in adolescents and young adults with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Haley, JE; Zhiqian, G; Philip, KR; Nicolas, ML; Thomas, KR; Lawrence, DM; Elaine, UM. Pediatric Diabetes. 2020; 21:243-250.


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.


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; Hu, T; Steinberger, J; Venn, A; Chen, W. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8:E1725.


Association of Blood Pressure Level With Left Ventricular Mass in Adolescents. Urbina, EM; Mendizabal, B; Becker, RC; Daniels, SR; Falkner, BE; Hamdani, G; Hanevold, C; Hooper, SR; Ingelfinger, JR; Lanade, M; Mitsnefes, M; Rosner, B; Samuels, J; Flynn, JT. 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:E1201.


Body Mass Index Z-Score Modifies the Association between Added Sugar Intake and Arterial Stiffness in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: The Search Nutrition Ancillary Study. The, NS; Couch, SC; Urbina, EM; Crandell, JL; Liese, AD; Dabelea, D; Kim, GJ; Tooze, JA; Lawrence, JM; Mayer-Davis, EJ. Nutrients. 2019; 11:E1752.

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