Wilf Family Cardiovascular Research Institute

Mario J. Garcia, M.D.

Mario J. Garcia, M.D.Mario J. Garcia, M.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology)
Professor, Department of Radiology
Pauline Levitt Chair in Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care

Dr. Garcia's research program explores the clinical utility of non-invasive imaging for the management of patients with chest pain and heart failure, the 2 most common cardiovascular conditions that affect the US population. Specifically, his program is exploring: 1) the relative utility of anatomical vs. functional imaging in the evaluation of patients with acute chest pain, and 2) the role of strain imaging and Doppler indices of diastolic function in the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiomyopathies. full bio>> 

Key Publications

  1. Prasad A, Hastings JL, Shibata S, Popovic ZB, Arbab-Zadeh A, Bhella PS, Okazaki K, Fu Q, Berk M, Palmer D, Greenberg NL, Garcia MJ, Thomas JD, Levine BD. Characterization of static and dynamic left ventricular diastolic function in patients with heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction. Circulation. Heart failure. 2010;3:617-626.
  2. Fernandez-Friera L, Garcia-Alvarez A, Bagheriannejad-Esfahani F, Malick W, Mirelis JG, Sawit ST, Fuster V, Sanz J, Garcia MJ, Hermann LK. Diagnostic value of coronary artery calcium scoring in low-intermediate risk patients evaluated in the emergency department for acute coronary syndrome. The American journal of cardiology. 2011;107:17-23.
  3. Romero J, Xue X, Gonzalez W, Garcia MJ. CMR imaging assessing viability in patients with chronic ventricular dysfunction due to coronary artery disease: A meta-analysis of prospective trials. JACC. Cardiovascular imaging. 2012;5:494-508
  4. Spevack DM, Karl J, Yedlapati N, Goldberg Y, Garcia MJ. Echocardiographic left ventricular end-diastolic pressure volume loop estimate predicts survival in congestive heart failure. Journal of cardiac failure. 2013;19:251-259.
  5. Baber U, Mehran R, Sartori S, Schoos MM, Sillesen H, Muntendam P, Garcia MJ, Gregson J, Pocock S, Falk E and Fuster V. Prevalence, impact, and predictive value of detecting subclinical coronary and carotid atherosclerosis in asymptomatic adults: the BioImage study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2015;65:1065-74.


  1. 2013-present Medtronics Grant-in-Aid Risk Stratification for Sudden Cardiac Death after Acute Myocardial Infarction by Measuring Volume Scar with Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Role: Co-I and Sponsor
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