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Roger Blumenthal, M.D.

Kenneth Jay Pollin Professor of CardiologyRoger Blumenthal, M.D.
Director, 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. He is a member of the official national spokesperson panel for the American Heart Association (AHA), and has co-written >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 of 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 1) a history of prior cardiovascular or peripheral arterial disease or 2) the presence of multiple coronary risk factors (e.g. 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 & Prevention Council. He served for 4 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 was a co-author of 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 Twenty 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. Roger Blumenthal is professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He 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 then joined the cardiology faculty in 1992.