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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Stein is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He joined the UW Medical School's Cardiovascular Medicine Division in 1996 and serves as Director of Preventive Cardiology. He also is Director of the Vascular Health Screening Program. Dr. Stein 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. Dr. Stein has received several awards for excellence in teaching from the medical students and residents. He also received the American College of Cardiology W. Proctor Harvey Young Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Stein is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the National Lipid Association.


Cardiovascular Medicine


Preventive Cardiology

UW Health Clinics

Research Park Clinic
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Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-1530 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Cardiovascular Disease
Fellowship Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Residency University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Internship University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Medical School Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1990


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

Best Doctors® in America 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Best Doctors® in America 2011

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Stein's research interests include ultrasound assessment of atherosclerosis, endothelial function and clinical trials in preventive cardiology. Specific interests include the detection and characterization of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with sleep apnea, tobacco use and human immunodeficiency virus, and the use of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) measurements for determination of "vascular age" and cardiovascular risk prediction. Dr. Stein has directed the core CIMT and/or brachial artery ultrasound laboratory for several multicenter research studies.

PubMed Articles
Tedla YG Gepner AD Vaidya D Colangelo L Stein JH Liu K Greenland P . Association between long-term blood pressure control and ten-year progression in carotid arterial stiffness among hypertensive individuals: the multiethnic study of atherosclerosis. J Hypertens. 2017 Apr;35(4):862-869
[PubMed ID: 28092279]
Dougherty RJ Schultz SA Boots EA Ellingson LD Meyer JD Van Riper S Stegner AJ Edwards DF Oh JM Einerson J Korcarz CE Koscik RL Dowling MN Gallagher CL Carlsson CM Rowley HA Bendlin BB Asthana S Hermann BP Sager MA Stein JH Johnson SC Okonkwo OC Cook DB . Relationships between cardiorespiratory fitness, hippocampal volume, and episodic memory in a population at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Brain Behav. 2017 Feb 17;7(3):e00625
[PubMed ID: 28293467]
Gepner AD Young R Delaney JA Budoff MJ Polak JF Blaha MJ Post WS Michos ED Kaufman J Stein JH . Comparison of Carotid Plaque Score and Coronary Artery Calcium Score for Predicting Cardiovascular Disease Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Feb 14;6(2)
[PubMed ID: 28196817]
King CC Piper ME Gepner AD Fiore MC Baker TB Stein JH . Longitudinal Impact of Smoking and Smoking Cessation on Inflammatory Markers of Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2017 Feb;37(2):374-379
[PubMed ID: 27932354]
Gepner AD Tedla Y Colangelo LA Tattersall MC Korcarz CE Kaufman JD Liu K Burke GL Shea S Greenland P Stein JH . Progression of Carotid Arterial Stiffness With Treatment of Hypertension Over 10 Years: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Hypertension. 2017 Jan;69(1):87-95
[PubMed ID: 27849564]
Law LL Schultz SA Boots EA Einerson JA Dougherty RJ Oh JM Korcarz CE Edwards DF Koscik RL Dowling NM Gallagher CL Bendlin BB Carlsson CM Asthana S Hermann BP Sager MA Johnson SC Cook DB Stein JH Okonkwo OC . Chronotropic Response and Cognitive Function in a Cohort at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;56(1):351-359
[PubMed ID: 27911299]
Mitchell CC Stein JH Cook TD Salamat S Wang X Varghese T Jackson DC Sandoval Garcia C Wilbrand SM Dempsey RJ . Histopathologic Validation of Grayscale Carotid Plaque Characteristics Related to Plaque Vulnerability. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2017 Jan;43(1):129-137
[PubMed ID: 27720278]
Stein JH . Management of Lipid Levels and Cardiovascular Disease in HIV-Infected Individuals: Just Give Them a Statin? Top Antivir Med. 2016 Dec-2017 Jan;23(5):169-73
[PubMed ID: 27398770]
Kelesidis T Jackson N McComsey GA Wang X Elashoff D Dube MP Brown TT Yang OO Stein JH Currier JS . Oxidized lipoproteins are associated with markers of inflammation and immune activation in HIV-1 infection. AIDS. 2016 Nov 13;30(17):2625-2633
[PubMed ID: 27603288]
Lucas GM Atta MG Fine DM McFall AM Estrella MM Zook K Stein JH . HIV, Cocaine Use, and Hepatitis C Virus: A Triad of Nontraditional Risk Factors for Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016 Oct;36(10):2100-7
[PubMed ID: 27609369]
Kelesidis T Tran TT Brown TT Moser C Ribaudo HJ Dube MP Yang OO McComsey GA Stein JH Currier JS . Changes in plasma levels of oxidized lipoproteins and lipoprotein subfractions with atazanavir-, raltegravir-, darunavir-based initial antiviral therapy and associations with common carotid artery intima-media thickness: ACTG 5260s. Antivir Ther. 2016 Sep 23;
[PubMed ID: 27661466]
Kelesidis T Moser C Stein JH Brown TT Tran TT Ribaudo HJ Dube MP Yang OO Currier JS McComsey GA . Changes in Markers of T-Cell Senescence and Exhaustion With Atazanavir-, Raltegravir-, and Darunavir-Based Initial Antiviral Therapy: ACTG 5260s. J Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 1;214(5):748-52
[PubMed ID: 27354367]
Dirajlal-Fargo S Moser C Brown TT Kelesidis T Dube MP Stein JH Currier J McComsey GA . Changes in Insulin Resistance After Initiation of Raltegravir or Protease Inhibitors With Tenofovir-Emtricitabine: AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5260s. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Aug 29;3(3):ofw174
[PubMed ID: 27704026]
Gupta SK Dubé MP Stein JH Clauss MA Liu Z . A pilot trial of pentoxifylline on endothelial function and inflammation in HIV-infected patients initiating antiretroviral therapy. AIDS. 2016 Aug 24;30(13):2139-42
[PubMed ID: 27465282]
Tattersall MC Barnet JH Korcarz CE Hagen EW Peppard PE Stein JH . Late-Onset Asthma Predicts Cardiovascular Disease Events: The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Aug 24;5(9)
[PubMed ID: 27559071]
Wing JJ August E Adar SD Dannenberg AL Hajat A Sánchez BN Stein JH Tattersall MC Diez Roux AV . Change in Neighborhood Characteristics and Change in Coronary Artery Calcium: A Longitudinal Investigation in the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) Cohort. Circulation. 2016 Aug 16;134(7):504-13
[PubMed ID: 27528645]
Kaufman JD Adar SD Barr RG Budoff M Burke GL Curl CL Daviglus ML Diez Roux AV Gassett AJ Jacobs DR Jr Kronmal R Larson TV Navas-Acien A Olives C Sampson PD Sheppard L Siscovick DS Stein JH Szpiro AA Watson KE . Association between air pollution and coronary artery calcification within six metropolitan areas in the USA (the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution): a longitudinal cohort study. Lancet. 2016 Aug 13;388(10045):696-704
[PubMed ID: 27233746]
Hanna DB Guo M Bůžková P Miller TL Post WS Stein JH Currier JS Kronmal RA Freiberg MS Bennett SN Shikuma CM Anastos K Li Y Tracy RP Hodis HN Delaney JA Kaplan RC . HIV Infection and Carotid Artery Intima-media Thickness: Pooled Analyses Across 5 Cohorts of the NHLBI HIV-CVD Collaborative. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 15;63(2):249-56
[PubMed ID: 27118787]
Stein JH Hsue PY . Inflammation and Arterial Injury in Individuals With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Jul 1;1(4):481-2
[PubMed ID: 27438326]
Korcarz CE Peppard PE Young TB Chapman CB Hla KM Barnet JH Hagen E Stein JH . Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Obesity on Cardiac Remodeling: The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. Sleep. 2016 Jun 1;39(6):1187-95
[PubMed ID: 27091525]