Ezra A. Amsterdam, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Ezra A. Amsterdam, M.D.

Associate Chief (Academic Affairs), Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Master Clinician Teacher, Department of Internal Medicine

Distinguished Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

To see if Ezra A. Amsterdam is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).




Cardiovascular Medicine

Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Cardiology Clinic
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Amsterdam specializes in management of acute ischemic syndromes, identification and management of low-risk patients with chest pain (immediate treadmill testing, role of panic attack, GERD), post-myocardial infarction risk stratification and management, and prevention of coronary artery disease.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Amsterdam's research interests include: coronary artery disease, clinical pharmacology, noninvasive cardiac testing, exercise physiology, testing and training, women and heart disease, evaluation of low risk patients presenting to ED with chest pain.


Cardiovascular Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.A., Chemistry with high honors, Wesleyan University, Sacramento CA 1958

Medical School

M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester NY 1962


Internal Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester NY 1962-1963


Cardiology, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY 1963-1965


Special Fellowship, National Heart Institute, National Institutes of Health, 1968-1969


Cardiology, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1967-1968

Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring List, 2015

Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award, Distinguished contribution in the Field of Clinical Research in Cardiology, 2015

Outstanding clinician Award, Department of Internal Medicine, UCDMD, 2015

2014 School of Medicine Research Award in recognition of Mentoring Medical Research Fellowship Student Phong Ha (Class of 2016), UC Davis School of Medicine, 2014

2014 School of Medicine Research Award in recognition of Mentoring Medical Research Fellowship Student Debbie Chen (Class of 2016), UC Davis School of Medicine, 2014

Amsterdam EA, Takahashi M, Majid Mohammad, Abbas S, Alismail Y, and Venugopal S. Exercise electrocardiographic Testing. ASPC Manual of Preventive Cardiology. 2021 Jan:365-390. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-56279-3_16.

Takahashi N, Gall E, Fan DL, Majid M, Amsterdam EA. ST elevation during recovery phase of exercise test. Am J Med. 2020 Nov 1;133(11):1287-1290. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.03.017.

Wu X, Fan D, Huang W, Meng Y, Wan T, Amsterdam EA, Shen Y, Chen Y, Ma D. Contrast-enhanced transesophageal echocardiography predicts neo-intimal coverage of device post-left atrial appendage closure. Cardiol J. 2020 Sep 28. doi:10.5603/CJ.a2020.0125. Epub ahead of print. PMID:32986237.

Prasad P, Sharma AN, Vipparla NS, Majid M, Daniela A, Howell SJ, Wilson MD, Amsterdam EA. Identification and Management of Intermediate Risk Patients in the Chest Pain Unit. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2020 Mar;19(1):26-29. doi:10.1097/HPC.0000000000000202. PMID:31633498.

Wong ND, Amsterdam EA, Ballantyne C, Khera A, Nasir K, Toth PP; American Society for Preventive Cardiology. Spotlight from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology on Key Features of the 2018 AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guidelines on the Management of Blood Cholesterol. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2020 Feb;20(1):1-9. doi:10.1007/s40256-019-00358-0. PMID:31286451.

Mathenge N, Fan W, Wong ND, Hirsch C, Delaney CJ, Amsterdam EA, Koch B, Calara R, Gardin JM. Pre-diabetes, diabetes and predictors of incident angina among older women and men in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Diab Vasc Dis Res. 2020 Jan-Feb;17(1):1479164119888476. doi:10.1177/1479164119888476. Epub 2019 Nov 28. PMID:31778070.

Venugopal S, Kesarwani M, Chiamvimonvat N, Cadeiras M, Amsterdam E. Pharmacotherapy for Cardiovascular Conditions. Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers, Springer Publishing Company. 2020;17:203-218. doi:10.1891/9780826195470.0017.

Howell SJ, Prasad P, Vipparla NS, Venugopal S, Amsterdam EA. Usefulness of pre-discharge cardiac testing in low risk women and men for safe, rapid discharge from a chest paint unit. Am J Cardiol. 2019 Mar 8;123(11):1772-1775. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2019.02.039.

Beri N, Dang P, Bhat A, Venugopal S, Amsterdam EA. Usefulness of Excellent Functional Capacity in Men and Women With Ischemic Exercise Electrocardiography to Predict a Negative Stress Imaging Test and Very Low Late Mortality. Am J Cardiol. 2019 Sep 1;124(5):661-665. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2019.05.065. Epub 2019 Jun 7. PMID:31300200.

Richards JR, Garber D, Laurin EG, Albertson TE, Derlet RW, Amsterdam EA, Olson KR, Ramoska EA, Lange RA. Treatment of cocaine cardiovascular toxicity: a systematic review. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2016 Jun;54(5):345-64. doi:10.3109/15563650.2016.1142090. Epub 2016 Feb 26. PMID:26919414.