Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease
Dr. Blumenthal was the principal developer of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, and he is the director of Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins. A member of the official national spokesperson panel for the American Heart Association (AHA), he has co-written more than 300 original research publications, state-of-the-art reviews and editorials dealing with many aspects of coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis management.
An experienced writer, Dr. Blumenthal is on the editorial board of the American Heart Journal, ACCEL, Clinical Cardiology, and The Journal of Cardiovascular CT. He is the Preventive Cardiology/Coronary Heart Disease section editor for Cardiology Today. Dr. Blumenthal is also the medical editor of the annual Johns Hopkins White Paper on Prevention of Heart Attacks.
His principal clinical and research interests involve the optimal management of ischemic heart disease, noninvasive detection of coronary atherosclerosis, and the development of new strategies to optimize the management of cardiovascular disease risk factors. Dr. Blumenthal specializes in treating adults who are at higher risk for future cardiovascular events because of a history of prior cardiovascular or peripheral arterial disease or the presence of multiple coronary risk factors ( hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking, family history of cardiovascular disease, sedentary lifestyle or overweight status).
Dr. Blumenthal is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the AHA’s Epidemiology and Prevention Council. He served for four years as chairman of the ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee. Previously, he was a member of the ACC task force dealing with selection of patients for atherosclerosis imaging, such as cardiac CT scanning and carotid ultrasound, in order to improve application of risk-reduction strategies. He co-authored the 2006 AHA policy statement on use of cardiac CT and CT angiography.
He served as chairman of the Vascular Disease, Hypertension, and Prevention Section of the 2006 ACC Scientific Sessions. He is the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from the American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, for his commitment of time, support and inspiration to the organization. He was selected as one of the country’s Top 20 Cardiologists by Men’s Health Magazine in 2007. In 2010, he received the Levine Award for outstanding mentorship of junior faculty, residents and fellows in the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine.
Dr. Blumenthal graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was awarded the Weiss Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. Dr. Blumenthal did his internal medicine and cardiology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and joined the cardiology faculty in 1992.