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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

Selected Publication

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.

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; et al. Obesity. 2020; 28:616-623.

Racial Differences in the Influence of Risk Factors in Childhood on Left Ventricular Mass in Young Adulthood. Mendizabal, B; Khoury, P; Woo, JG; Urbina, EM. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 217:152-157.

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; et al. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8:1725-1725.

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.

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; 11:1752-1752.

Burden of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Over Time and Arterial Stiffness in Youth With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Urbina, EM; Bell, RA; Bowlby, DA; Jr, DR; Daniels, SR; Marcovina, SM; Merchant, AT; Shah, AS; Wadwa, RP; Lawrence, JM; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2019; 8.

Relation of Blood Pressure in Childhood to Self-Reported Hypertension in Adulthood: The International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort Consortium. Urbina, EM; Khoury, PR; Bazzano, L; Burns, TL; Daniels, S; Dwyer, T; Hu, T; Jr, JD R; Juonala, M; Prineas, R; et al. Hypertension. 2019; 73:1224-1230.