Kwame Atsina, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Kwame Atsina, M.D.

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

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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)

Philosophy of Care

Consistent with the mission of the UC Davis Medical Center, my goal is to provide excellent, compassionate clinical care, dynamic education, and innovative collaborative research in cardiovascular medicine.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Atsina is a cardiologist who specializes in advanced cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography for structural heart procedures, cardiac computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance. He has special clinical interest in the prevention and management of coronary artery disease, and in the application of cardiac imaging in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Atsina's research interests focus on novel applications of molecular imaging techniques in assessing cardiovascular risk in patients with coronary artery disease.


Cardiovascular Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.S., Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 2007

Medical School

M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT 2012


Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD 2012-2013


Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD 2013-2015


General Cardiology, UC Davis Medical Center, Davis CA 2016-2019


Advanced Cardiology Imaging, UC Davis Medical Center, Davis CA 2019-2021

Harrison Chair Endowment Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2020

Fellow of the Year Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2019

The Abraham White Prize, for outstanding research, Yale School of Medicine, 2012

Rossin Junior Fellow, Engineering honor, Lehigh University, 2006, 2007

Dean’s List, Lehigh University, 2003, 2004, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Lee SH, Terndrup C, Phan PH, Zaeh SE, Atsina K, Minkove N, Desai SV. The Impact of Environmental Context on Intern Sign-Out Quality. J Patient Saf. 2020 Dec;16(4):304-306. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000579. PMID:33215891.

Crnkovic S, Egemnazarov B, Damico R, Marsh LM, Nagy BM, Douschan P, Atsina K, Kolb TM, Mathai SC, Hooper JE, Ghanim B, Klepetko W, Fruhwald F, Lassner D, Olschewski A, Olschewski H, Hassoun PM, Kwapiszewska G. Disconnect between Fibrotic Response and Right Ventricular Dysfunction. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Jun 15;199(12):1550-1560. doi:10.1164/rccm.201809-1737OC. PMID:30557518.

Lee SH, Terndrup C, Phan PH, Zaeh SE, Atsina K, Minkove N, Billioux A, Chatterjee S, Montague I, Clark B, Hughes A, Desai SV. A Randomized Cohort Controlled Trial to Compare Intern Sign-Out Training Interventions. J Hosp Med. 2017 Dec;12(12):979-983. doi:10.12788/jhm.2843. PMID:29236097.

Qi D, Atsina K, Qu L, Hu X, Wu X, Xu B, Piecychna M, Leng L, Fingerle-Rowson G, Zhang J, Bucala R, Young LH. The vestigial enzyme D-dopachrome tautomerase protects the heart against ischemic injury. J Clin Invest. 2014 Aug;124(8):3540-50. doi:10.1172/JCI73061. Epub 2014 Jul 1. PMID:24983315.

Kim AS, Miller EJ, Wright TM, Li J, Qi D, Atsina K, Zaha V, Sakamoto K, Young LH. A small molecule AMPK activator protects the heart against ischemia-reperfusion injury. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2011 Jul;51(1):24-32. doi:10.1016/j.yjmcc.2011.03.003. Epub 2011 Mar 29. PMID:21402077.