Meet the Staff

Jeffrey Berger  

Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MS, FACC
Director, Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Director, Cardiovascular Thrombosis Program
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Surgery
Expertise: complex thrombotic disorders of the cardiovascular system and vascular medicine

  Ricardo J. Benenstein, MD, FASE, FACC
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Echocardiography Lab
Expertise: Clinical Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Imaging
Dr. Fisher   Edward A. Fisher, MD, PhD, MPH
Director of Translational Research, Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Director, Marc and Ruti Bell Vascular Biology and Disease Program
The Leon H. Charney Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine
Professor, Departments of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Pediatrics
Expertise: lipid disorders, coronary artery disease, low-density lipoprotein metabolism, and imaging of arteries
Michael S. Garshick   Michael S. Garshick, MD
Instructor, Department of Medicine
Expertise: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Inflammation, Cardiovascular Manifestations of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, Endothelial Dysfunction
Ira Goldberg, MD
  Ira Jay Goldberg, MD
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Expertise: Lipid disorders, type 2 diabetes
Dennis Goodman, MD
  Dennis A. Goodman, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Integrative Medicine and Holistic Cardiology
Expertise: Lifestyle changes to reduce cardiovascular risk
Sean P. Heffron, MD, MS, MSc
  Sean P. Heffron, MD, MS, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Expertise: General and preventive cardiology, obesity, nutrition and exercise
Jonathan Newman, MD
  Jonathan Newman, MD, MPH
Eugene Braunwald, MD Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Expertise: Clinical and preventive cardiology, echocardiography, inflammatory, oncologic and environmental risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Dr. Schwartzbard


  Arthur Schwartzbard, MD, FACC
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Clinical Lipid Research Director, Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Director, Preventive Cardiology Fellowship Program
Expertise: Insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and echocardiography
Dr. Underberg
  James A. Underberg, MD, MS, FACPM, FACP, FASH, FNLA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Bellevue Hospital Lipid Clinic
Expertise: Preventative cardiovascular medicine, lipidology and hypertension
Dr. Weintraub

Howard Weintraub, MD, FACC
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine
Clinical Director, Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Associate Director, Preventive Cardiology Fellowship Program
Expertise: Lipid Disorders, coronary artery disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension

Preventive Cardiology Fellow

Seth Parham, MD

Seth Parham, MD​
A New Orleans native, Dr. Seth Parham graduated from LSU health sciences center in New Orleans Louisiana before completing a fellowship in endocrinology, metabolism and lipid research at Washington University in St. Louis. While in fellowship he worked with Dr. Richard Ostlund Jr., studying the effects of PCSK9 inhibition on cholesterol excretion and phytosterol metabolism. He also worked with Dr. Anne Goldberg, co-authoring the preventive cardiology chapter of the Washington Manual. Given the increasing burden of metabolic disease in the united states and the ever-growing need for cardio-metabolic prevention, Dr. Parham developed an increasing interest in prevention and public health. In addition to preventive cardiology, Dr. Parham also has a strong interest in obesity medicine and management and feels uniquely positioned as an endocrinologist to bridge the gap in the cardio-metabolic needs of patients.

Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie Hopkins, NP

Stephanie Hopkins, MSN, FNP-BC​
Stephanie Hopkins, MSN, FNP-BC received her Masters of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Wagner College, Evelyn Spiro School of Nursing. Employed at NYU Langone Health since 2015, she has worked as a nurse in both the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the HCC-13 Cardiology Step-Down Unit. Among other clinical responsibilities, Stephanie will conduct in-depth patient education on CV risk factor control and lifestyle modification both in the outpatient and inpatient setting.

Registered Dietitian

Arielle Leben, MS, RD, CDN

Arielle Leben, MS, RD, CDN
Arielle Leben, MS, RD, CDN is a licensed Registered Dietitian who completed her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and her Dietetic Training at Mount Sinai Hospital. She specializes in treating patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and patients that are overweight or have gastrointestinal conditions. She enjoys working with patients to make sustainable changes to improve cardiovascular outcomes and promote better overall health and quality of life.


Program Coordinators

Ania Coats

Ania Coats, MA
Ania Coats has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration. She has worked for the Center for over 10 years. She coordinates the annual symposium among other Center activities and special projects.

Julia Levine   Julia Levine, MPA
Julia Levine holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in health policy analysis. She brings to the Center ten years of experience coordinating research initiatives and special projects in healthcare and academia.