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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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West Clinic
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Meriter Hospital (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 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
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]
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. 2015 Nov 10;
[PubMed ID: 26558732]
Schultz SA Boots EA Almeida RP Oh JM Einerson J Korcarz CE Edwards DF Koscik RL Dowling MN Gallagher CL Bendlin BB Christian BT Zetterberg H Blennow K Carlsson CM Asthana S Hermann BP Sager MA Johnson SC Stein JH Okonkwo OC . Cardiorespiratory Fitness Attenuates the Influence of Amyloid on Cognition. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Nov;21(10):841-50
[PubMed ID: 26581795]
Brown TT Moser C Currier JS Ribaudo HJ Rothenberg J Kelesidis T Yang O Dubé MP Murphy RL Stein JH McComsey GA . Changes in Bone Mineral Density After Initiation of Antiretroviral Treatment With Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/Emtricitabine Plus Atazanavir/Ritonavir, Darunavir/Ritonavir, or Raltegravir. J Infect Dis. 2015 Oct 15;212(8):1241-9
[PubMed ID: 25948863]
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. 2015 Oct;72(10):690-8
[PubMed ID: 25217203]
Stein JH Ribaudo HJ Hodis HN Brown TT Tran TT Yan M Brodell EL Kelesidis T McComsey GA Dube MP Murphy RL Currier JS . A prospective, randomized clinical trial of antiretroviral therapies on carotid wall thickness. AIDS. 2015 Sep 10;29(14):1775-83
[PubMed ID: 26372383]
Dubé MP Komarow L Fichtenbaum CJ Cadden JJ Overton ET Hodis HN Currier JS Stein JH . Extended-Release Niacin Versus Fenofibrate in HIV-Infected Participants With Low High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol: Effects on Endothelial Function, Lipoproteins, and Inflammation. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Sep 1;61(5):840-9
[PubMed ID: 25979307]
Kelesidis T Tran TT Stein JH Brown TT Moser C Ribaudo HJ Dube MP Murphy R Yang OO Currier JS McComsey GA . Changes in Inflammation and Immune Activation With Atazanavir-, Raltegravir-, Darunavir-Based Initial Antiviral Therapy: ACTG 5260s. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Aug 15;61(4):651-60
[PubMed ID: 25904376]
Tattersall MC Guo M Korcarz CE Gepner AD Kaufman JD Liu KJ Barr RG Donohue KM McClelland RL Delaney JA Stein JH . Asthma predicts cardiovascular disease events: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Jun;35(6):1520-5
[PubMed ID: 25908767]
Gepner AD Haller IV Krueger DC Korcarz CE Binkley N Stein JH . A randomized controlled trial of the effects of vitamin D supplementation on arterial stiffness and aortic blood pressure in Native American women. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Jun;240(2):526-8
[PubMed ID: 25955191]
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 May;61(5):714-23
[PubMed ID: 25779987]
Hla KM Young T Hagen EW Stein JH Finn LA Nieto FJ Peppard PE . Coronary heart disease incidence in sleep disordered breathing: the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. Sleep. 2015 May 1;38(5):677-84
[PubMed ID: 25515104]
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. 2015 Apr 26;
[PubMed ID: 25913148]
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]
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]
Gepner AD Colangelo LA Reilly N Korcarz CE Kaufman JD Stein JH . Carotid Artery Longitudinal Displacement, Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Factors: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. PLoS One. 2015;10(11):e0142138
[PubMed ID: 26545210]
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]