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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


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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

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 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. Learn more about Dr. Stein’s research at

PubMed Articles
Guan W Cao J Steffen BT Post WS Stein JH Tattersall MC Kaufman JD McConnell JP Hoefner DM Warnick R Tsai MY . Race Is a Key Variable in Assigning Lipoprotein(a) Cutoff Values for Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Apr;35(4):996-1001
[PubMed ID: 25810300]
Sharma RK Donekal S Rosen BD Tattersall MC Volpe GJ Ambale-Venkatesh B Nasir K Wu CO Polak JF Korcarz CE Stein JH Carr J Watson KE Bluemke DA Lima JA . Association of subclinical atherosclerosis using carotid intima-media thickness, carotid plaque, and coronary calcium score with left ventricular dyssynchrony: The multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Apr;239(2):412-8
[PubMed ID: 25682041]
Otvos JD Shalaurova I Wolak-Dinsmore J Connelly MA Mackey RH Stein JH Tracy RP . GlycA: A Composite Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Biomarker of Systemic Inflammation. Clin Chem. 2015 Mar 16;
[PubMed ID: 25779987]
Stern R Tattersall MC Gepner AD Korcarz CE Kaufman J Colangelo LA Liu K Stein JH . Sex differences in predictors of longitudinal changes in carotid artery stiffness: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Feb;35(2):478-84
[PubMed ID: 25477347]
Gepner AD Young R Delaney JA Tattersall MC Blaha MJ Post WS Gottesman RF Kronmal R Budoff MJ Burke GL Folsom AR Liu K Kaufman J Stein JH . Comparison of coronary artery calcium presence, carotid plaque presence, and carotid intima-media thickness for cardiovascular disease prediction in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Jan;8(1)
[PubMed ID: 25596139]
Tattersall MC Gassett A Korcarz CE Gepner AD Kaufman JD Liu KJ Astor BC Sheppard L Kronmal RA Stein JH . Predictors of carotid thickness and plaque progression during a decade: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Stroke. 2014 Nov;45(11):3257-62
[PubMed ID: 25213342]
Gunnarsson SI Peppard PE Korcarz CE Barnet JH Aeschlimann SE Hagen EW Young T Hla KM Stein JH . Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with future subclinical carotid artery disease: thirteen-year follow-up from the Wisconsin sleep cohort. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Oct;34(10):2338-42
[PubMed ID: 25189572]
Korcarz CE Stein JH Peppard PE Young TB Barnet JH Nieto FJ . Combined effects of sleep disordered breathing and metabolic syndrome on endothelial function: the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort study. Sleep. 2014 Oct 1;37(10):1707-13
[PubMed ID: 25197813]
Fujishiro K Diez Roux AV Landsbergis P Kaufman JD Korcarz CE Stein JH . Occupational characteristics and the progression of carotid artery intima-media thickness and plaque over 9 years: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Occup Environ Med. 2014 Sep 12;
[PubMed ID: 25217203]
Gepner AD Colangelo LA Blondon M Korcarz CE de Boer IH Kestenbaum B Siscovick DS Kaufman JD Liu K Stein JH . 25-hydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone levels do not predict changes in carotid arterial stiffness: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 May;34(5):1102-9
[PubMed ID: 24700125]
Stein JH Currier JS Hsue PY . Arterial disease in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection: what has imaging taught us? JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 May;7(5):515-25
[PubMed ID: 24831212]
Stein JH Asthana A Smith SS Piper ME Loh WY Fiore MC Baker TB . Smoking cessation and the risk of diabetes mellitus and impaired fasting glucose: three-year outcomes after a quit attempt. PLoS One. 2014;9(6):e98278
[PubMed ID: 24893290]
Gepner AD Korcarz CE Colangelo LA Hom EK Tattersall MC Astor BC Kaufman JD Liu K Stein JH . Longitudinal effects of a decade of aging on carotid artery stiffness: the multiethnic study of atherosclerosis. Stroke. 2014 Jan;45(1):48-53
[PubMed ID: 24253542]
Blondon M Sachs M Hoofnagle AN Ix JH Michos ED Korcarz C Gepner AD Siscovick DS Kaufman JD Stein JH Kestenbaum B de Boer IH . 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone are not associated with carotid intima-media thickness or plaque in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2013 Nov;33(11):2639-45
[PubMed ID: 23814117]
Gepner AD Piper ME Leal MA Asthana A Fiore MC Baker TB Stein JH . Electrocardiographic changes associated with smoking and smoking cessation: outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2013;8(4):e62311
[PubMed ID: 23626800]
Stein JH Brown TT Ribaudo HJ Chen Y Yan M Lauer-Brodell E McComsey GA Dubé MP Murphy RL Hodis HN Currier JS . Ultrasonographic measures of cardiovascular disease risk in antiretroviral treatment-naive individuals with HIV infection. AIDS. 2013 Mar 27;27(6):929-37
[PubMed ID: 23196938]
Tattersall MC Gangnon RE Karmali KN Cullen MW Stein JH Keevil JG . Trends in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal achievement in high risk United States adults: longitudinal findings from the 1999-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. PLoS One. 2013;8(4):e59309
[PubMed ID: 23565146]
Carlsson CM Xu G Wen Z Barnet JH Blazel HM Chappell RJ Stein JH Asthana S Sager MA Alsop DC Rowley HA Fain SB Johnson SC . Effects of atorvastatin on cerebral blood flow in middle-aged adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease: a pilot study. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012 Oct;9(8):990-7
[PubMed ID: 22175654]
Stein JH . Cardiovascular risk and dyslipidemia management in HIV-infected patients. Top Antivir Med. 2012 Oct-Nov;20(4):129-33; quiz 123-4
[PubMed ID: 23154252]
Vardeny O Nicholas G Andrei A Buhr KA Hermanson MP Moran JJ Detry MA Stein JH . β-AR polymorphisms and glycemic and lipid parameters in hypertensive individuals receiving carvedilol or metoprolol. Am J Hypertens. 2012 Aug;25(8):920-6
[PubMed ID: 22647787]