University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

James Stein, MD



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 262-2075


  • Yale University- MD (cum laude)
  • University of Chicago Medical Center - Residency in Internal Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison - Research Fellowship in Cardiology
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois - Fellowship in Cardiology

Professional Activities

Dr. James Stein, FAHA, FACC, is a faculty member in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Robert Turell Professor of Cardiovascular Research. He has been Director of the UW Health Preventive Cardiology Program, including its Lipid Clinic, since 2004. He also serves as Director of the Vascular Health Screening Program and Co-Director of the Advanced Hypertension Program. Additionally, Dr. Stein is Director of the UW Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program.

Dr. Stein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases, a Diplomate of the American Board of Echocardiography in Comprehensive Adult Echocardiography, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He has been selected for numerous awards for teaching and leadership from UW Health, including the Presidential Physician Leadership Award. He has received many awards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine including the Excellence in Teaching Award (several times). The UW School of Medicine and Public Health selected Dr. Stein for the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2015. He was awarded W. Procter Harvey Teaching Award from the American College of Cardiology. He has been named one of Madison's "Top Docs" in Cardiology by Madison Magazine since 2000, was named one of the 20 best cardiologists in America by Men's Health Magazine, was named one of the 20 best cardiologists in America by Women's Health Magazine, and has been a Best Doctors in America selection multiple times.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Stein’s clinical interests include preventive cardiology, general cardiology, clinical management of high cholesterol/dyslipidemia, and clinical management of hypertension.

Research Interests

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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 and arterial injury in people who use cigarettes and e-cigarettes, who are living with human immunodeficiency virus, and who have dyslipidemia. He 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.