Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Carlos Rodriguez Joins Montefiore Einstein Cardiology

Carlos Rodriguez Announce
Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH

Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH has joined Montefiore Health System and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology. His tenure will begin on April 1.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in Washington Heights and the Bronx, Dr. Rodriguez returns to his hometown from North Carolina, where he had served as a tenured Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Epidemiology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine since 2017.

A noted physician-scientist, Dr. Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience in academic cardiovascular medicine practice, education and clinical research to Montefiore Einstein and the Bronx community.

Recognized as a national leader in the study of cardiovascular risk factors that affect minorities, his research focus includes hypertensive heart disease, heart failure, bio-behavioral cardiovascular health, cardiovascular epidemiology and cardiovascular health disparities. 

Dr. Rodriguez is a principal investigator in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded R01 Echocardiographic Study of Latinos (ECHO-SOL; PI Rodriguez). The multi-site research project brings together five academic centers, including Einstein, to perform de novo cardiac imaging in a national cohort of Hispanics. He will direct the Echocardiography Core Lab at Einstein, which will analyze, process, and archive echocardiographic data from the ECHO-SOL. The study is breaking important new ground: It has identified Hispanics as a group with a high prevalence of abnormal cardiac function to target for preventative care. The research has led to a paradigm shift, emphasizing identification of Hispanic subgroups as relevant for heart-failure risk, and showing how acculturation is a novel risk factor for abnormal cardiac structure and function among Hispanic adults.

Dr. Rodriguez also brings grant funding from the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center, a national consortium that seeks to shed light on the relationship between cardiovascular dysfunction/injury and clinical cardiovascular events, with specific measures of exposure to tobacco in epidemiologic cohorts. Additionally, his research is connected with the SOL Metabolome project, which examines the effect of novel metabolic signatures on cardiac structure and function.  

As director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, he will serve as liaison between the division of Cardiology and the Department of Epidemiology, with the goal of broadening the scope of population health management as it relates to cardiovascular disease.  In his capacity as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, he will be a role model and mentor to young faculty and trainees, and will facilitate cardiovascular research throughout the institution.

Prior to his tenure at Wake Forest, Dr. Rodriguez was on faculty at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and held a dual appointment at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. He was the first resident of the surrounding Washington Heights community to serve as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Cardiology at Columbia-Presbyterian.

Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on the GI Bill. After a nine-year stint as a combat medic in the Army National Guard, he earned his MD and MPH degrees concurrently from Columbia, followed by a three-year internal medicine residency at Columbia University Medical Center and a four-year fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and advanced echocardiography at Columbia. 

Among his many accomplishments and accolades, Dr. Rodriguez has been a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar and a recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award, the Association of Black Cardiologists’ Hawthorne-Searle Young Investigator Award, and an American Heart Association Clinically Applied Research Grant.  He was lead author on the first-ever Scientific Statement on Cardiovascular Health among Hispanic/Latinos in the United States and served on the highest-level scientific committee of the American Heart Association. A board-certified cardiologist, he has authored over 200 published articles and book chapters, and has mentored numerous early-career investigators over the years.

 

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