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 within the UC Department of Pediatrics 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.
Pediatric high blood pressure and cholesterol; diet and exercise to prevent adult heart disease; preventative cardiology
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Heart, Preventive Cardiology, Cardiology, Heart, Global Health