Carlos Jose Rodriguez

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Dr. Rodriguez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights, Manhattan. He graduated on the Dean’s List at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and subsequently obtained his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees concurrently from Columbia University.  He completed a three-year internal medicine residency at Columbia University Medical Center and then completed a four-year fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases and Advanced Echocardiography at Columbia University.   

Dr. Rodriguez joined the faculty at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003 and held a joint appointment at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology.  He was the first Dominican from the surrounding community of Washington Heights to be full-time faculty in the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center. His research focuses on: cardiovascular health disparities, minority cardiovascular health, hypertensive heart disease, and heart failure. During his tenure at Columbia University his research has been published in a variety of journals including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, the American Journal of Medicine, Hypertension, and Stroke. Dr. Rodriguez has been the recipient of the American Heart Association Clinically Applied Research Grant and the Association of Black Cardiologists Hawthorne - Searle Young Investigator Award. Dr. Rodriguez is the principal investigator of a Career Development Award funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar and recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award. 

Dr. Rodriguez has joined Wake Forest University as Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in 2011, where he is currently the principal investigator of ECHO-SOL, a national multi-center study of cardiac structure and function in Latinos across the United States. His research grant application was awarded a perfect score from the National Institutes of Health, a very rare accomplishment.

Dr. Rodriguez is active in various organizations, including membership in the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, and as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  In addition to all of the above, Dr. Rodriguezremains a board certified cardiologist,sees patients and performs cardiovascular proceduresat Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina where he lives with his wife and two children.

Last Updated: 10-17-2013
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