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James Stein, MD



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 262-2075


James H. Stein, MD, FAHA, FACC, FASE is the Robert Turell Professor of Cardiovascular Research in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine Division at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been Director of the UW Health Preventive Cardiology Program including its Lipid Clinic since 2004. He also is Director of the Vascular Health Screening Program, Co-Director of the Advanced Hypertension Program, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Associate Director of Adult Echocardiography. Dr. Stein also is Director of the UW Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program.


Dr. Stein received his baccalaureate degree with honors from the UW. He received his Doctor of Medicine (cum laude) degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. His Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine were at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Illinois. He completed a Cardiology Fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Stein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Echocardiography in Comprehensive Adult Echocardiography and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Stein was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in medical school. He has won numerous awards for teaching and leadership from UW Health, the UW Department of Medicine, and the W. Procter Harvey Teaching Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation. He has been named one of Madison's "Top Docs" in Cardiology by Madison Magazine since 2000. In 2007, he was named one of the 20 best cardiologists in America by Men's Health Magazine. In 2008, he was named one of the 20 best cardiologists in America by Women's Health Magazine. He has been one of Castle Connelly’s “Best Doctors in America” since 2009. In 2013 he received the UW Hospital and Clinics Presidential Physician Leadership Award.

Dr. Stein’s research interests include ultrasound assessment of atherosclerosis, arterial function, cardiovascular epidemiology, and clinical trials in preventive cardiology. Specific interests include detection and characterization of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with tobacco use, sleep apnea, and human immunodeficiency virus, and dyslipidemia. Stein has directed the core carotid and brachial artery ultrasound laboratories for several multicenter studies. He directs the Carotid Ultrasound Reading Center for the NIH-funded Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) and the Brachial Artery Reactivity Ultrasound Reading Center for the NIH-funded HIV-CVD Initiative.

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