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Director, Preventive Cardiology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Additional Languages


Clinical Interests

Pediatric high blood pressure and cholesterol; diet and exercise to prevent adult heart disease; preventative cardiology

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Heart, Preventive Cardiology, Cardiology, Heart, Global Health

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

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.

Epigenetic modification: a regulatory mechanism in essential hypertension. Arif, M; Sadayappan, S; Becker, RC; Martin, LJ; Urbina, EM. Hypertension research : official journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension. 2019; 42:1099-1113.

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.

Promoting Cardiovascular Health in Early Childhood and Transitions in Childhood through Adolescence: A Workshop Report. Daniels, SR; Pratt, CA; Hollister, EB; Labarthe, D; Cohen, DA; Walker, JR; Beech, BM; Balagopal, PB; Beebe, DW; Gillman, MW; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 209:240-251.e1.

2017 Pediatric Hypertension Guidelines Improve Prediction of Adult Cardiovascular Outcomes. Du, T; Fernandez, C; Barshop, R; Chen, W; Urbina, EM; Bazzano, LA. Hypertension. 2019; 73:1217-1223.

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.