Message from the Director

Jeffrey S. berger
Jeffrey S. Berger, MD









As the director of the NYU Langone Health Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, we are proud to tell you about our unique integrative center and our vision for the future. Our center includes experts from the varying subspecialties including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, women's heart disease, clotting disorders and physical activity who collaborate and meet regularly to discuss advanced cases, the latest in preventive research and to teach our cardiovascular prevention fellow. Our prevention conference is an extraordinary forum that sets our center apart from others. With the success of our center to date and the number of needs already met, it is our vision to build a new multi-dimensional program that will integrate our diverse team of physicians, scientists and other healthcare practitioners dedicated to preventing and reversing cardiovascular disease. The Center will integrate the work of scientists and clinicians under one program in one location, and will serve two types of patients: individuals who are at high risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease, and individuals who have already experienced an event such as stroke, heart or vascular surgery, angioplasty, or heart attack. The mission of the Center is three-fold:

  • Set new standards in clinical care for people who either have cardiovascular disease or who are at risk for developing it.
  • Educate health care practitioners to improve the identification of patients at risk of developing heart disease.
  • Establish rigorous, collaborative laboratory and clinical research programs. Most of the advances in medicine today involve collaboration between scientists and clinicians.

NYU Langone, with this Center and with others on our campus, is positioning itself to make the quantum leap discoveries that transform patients' lives. The Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease will:

  • Centralize collaboration on comprehensive care using global assessment and aggressive management of the risk factors that contribute to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.
  • Our physician practice will provide individualized treatment plans, thorough evaluations based on new and emerging risk factors, and centralized access to testing and screenings.
  • Establish cardiovascular health education programs for the general public and best-in-class translational research pipeline which will bridge basic research and clinical research.

The revolution in patient-centered cardiovascular care taking place on the NYU Langone campus mirrors a simultaneous transformation happening across the entire institution. New facilities and equipment, faculty recruits, exceptional programs and a medical school curriculum that has become a national model have recently led NYU Langone to the number 11 spot among 5,000 hospitals surveyed by U.S. News & World Report. I look forward to the continued success of our prevention center and that of our medical center and I invite you to learn more about cardiovascular prevention and how we can improve your risk.