NEWS | December 5, 2017

UC Davis physician honored as one of the nation's top cardiologists


UC Davis physician and nationally recognized heart disease expert Ezra A. Amsterdam has made Forbes' list of top cardiologists.

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Published online today, the list of 27 exemplary physicians is based on information from Grand Rounds, a company that compiles data to support health care decisions. Grand Rounds’ physician-consumer matching system encompasses the research, clinical, professional and community accomplishments of 96 percent of practicing physicians in the U.S.

Throughout his more than 40 years at UC Davis, Amsterdam, a distinguished professor of cardiovascular medicine, has cared for patients with acute ischemic syndromes, heart failure, post-myocardial infarction and heart-disease risk factors. He also received one of the first National Institutes of Health grants to enrich medical training with instruction on preventive cardiology and helped launch the first academic journal dedicated to this field.

In addition to being a leader in managing patients with acute coronary syndromes, Amsterdam has conducted research on noninvasive approaches for detecting heart disease, along with pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches for treating cardiovascular disease and reducing symptoms. He has published more than 800 articles and 12 books and conducted research focused on chest pain, exercise in health and disease, and heart-disease prevention.

Amsterdam led some of the earliest studies on beta adrenergic blocking agents (beta blockers) for treating angina and advanced the use of vasodilators for heart failure. He published one of the first and most influential studies on angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, an approach that revolutionized heart-failure therapy. He also published a study showing that low-intensity exercise was associated with increased myocardial oxygen supply in coronary patients.

Amsterdam’s guidance is often sought to address best practices in patient care. He chaired the committee that developed guidelines for managing non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes and is currently a member of the committee developing guidelines for managing chest pain for the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

Among his more than three dozen honors are the Gifted Teacher Award of the American College of Cardiology, UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award, Kaiser Foundation Hospital Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Joseph Stokes III Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. On multiple occasions, he has been recognized by UC Davis medical students and internal medicine residents as an outstanding instructor and physician.

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