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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


UW Health Clinics

West Clinic
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West 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
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. 2016 Oct 5;
[PubMed ID: 27720278]
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 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]
Atta MG Estrella MM Fine DM Zook K Monroy Trujillo JM Stein JH Lucas GM . Correlates and Longitudinal Renal and Cardiovascular Implications of FGF23 Levels in HIV-Positive Individuals. PLoS One. 2016 May 13;11(5):e0155312
[PubMed ID: 27176000]
Feldman DI Cainzos-Achirica M Billups KL DeFilippis AP Chitaley K Greenland P Stein JH Budoff MJ Dardari Z Miner M Blumenthal RS Nasir K Blaha MJ . Subclinical Vascular Disease and Subsequent Erectile Dysfunction: The Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Clin Cardiol. 2016 May;39(5):291-8
[PubMed ID: 27145089]
Stein JH Stern R Barnet JH Korcarz CE Hagen EW Young T Peppard PE . Relationships between sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and aortic pulse wave velocity over 18 years: the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. Sleep Breath. 2016 May;20(2):813-7
[PubMed ID: 25913148]
Korcarz CE Benca R Barnet JH Stein JH . Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Young and Middle-Aged Adults: Effects of Positive Airway Pressure and Compliance on Arterial Stiffness, Endothelial Function, and Cardiac Hemodynamics. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Apr 3;5(4):e002930
[PubMed ID: 27039928]
McComsey GA Moser C Currier J Ribaudo HJ Paczuski P Dubé MP Kelesidis T Rothenberg J Stein JH Brown TT . Body Composition Changes After Initiation of Raltegravir or Protease Inhibitors: ACTG A5260s. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Apr 1;62(7):853-62
[PubMed ID: 26797215]
Lucas GM Atta MG Zook K McFall AM Mehta SH Fine DM Stein JH Schwartz GJ . Factors associated with iohexol-based glomerular filtration rate slope over 36 months in HIV-negative and HIV-positive individuals. AIDS. 2016 Feb 20;30(4):619-26
[PubMed ID: 26558732]
Baker TB Piper ME Stein JH Smith SS Bolt DM Fraser DL Fiore MC . Effects of Nicotine Patch vs Varenicline vs Combination Nicotine Replacement Therapy on Smoking Cessation at 26 Weeks: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2016 Jan 26;315(4):371-9
[PubMed ID: 26813210]
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]
Gunnarsson SI Peppard PE Korcarz CE Barnet JH Hagen EW Hla KM Palta M Young T Stein JH . Minimal nocturnal oxygen saturation predicts future subclinical carotid atherosclerosis: the Wisconsin sleep cohort. J Sleep Res. 2015 Dec;24(6):680-6
[PubMed ID: 26096939]