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Carlos J. Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Carlos J. Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.


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Education & Training

  • B.S., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1992
  • M.D., Columbia University, 1996
  • M.P.H., Columbia University, 1996
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Presbyterian Hospital Of Ny, 1999
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, Columbia University, 2002
  • Fellowship, Cardiology, Columbia University, 2003

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease


  • American College of Cardiology
  • Aha - Council On Cardiovascula

NPI Number

  • 1023192820
Carlos J. Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.

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Carlos J. Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention

Research Interests

Hispanic Americans; Blood Pressure; Stroke; Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular; Hypertension
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Academic: 336-713-1648 | Department: 336-713-1648


Recent Publications

Statin trials, cardiovascular events, and coronary artery calcification: implications for a trial-based approach to statin therapy in MESA. Mortensen MB, Falk E, Li D, Nasir K, Blaha MJ, Sandfort V, Rodriguez CJ, Ouyang P, Budoff M.. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2018;11(2 Pt 1):221-230.

Educational inequalities in cardiovascular risk factor and blood pressure control in the elderly: comparison of MESA cohort and Chilean NHS Survey outcome measures. Nazzal C, Shea S, Castro-Diehl C, Alfaro T, Frenz P, Rodriguez CJ.. Glob Heart. 2018;13(1):19-26.

Genome-wide association study of PR interval in Hispanics/Latinos identifies novel locus at ID2. Seyerle AA, Lin HJ, Gogarten SM, Stilp A, Mendez Giraldez R, Soliman E, Baldassari A, Graff M, Heckbert S, Kerr KF, Kooperberg C, Rodriguez C, Guo X, Yao J, Sotoodehnia N, Taylor KD, Whitsel EA, Rotter JI, Laurie CC, Avery C.. Heart. 2018;104(11):904-911.

Diastolic wall strain is associated with incident heart failure in African Americans: insights from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Kamimura D, Suzuki T, Hall ME, Wang W, Winniford MD, Shah AM, Rodriguez CJ, Butler KR, Mosley TH.. J Cardiol. 2018;71(5):477-483.

Use of physician-recommended non-pharmacological strategies for hypertension control among hypertensive patients. Liu X, Byrd JB, Rodriguez CJ.. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2018;20(3):518-527.

Trends in hospitalizations and survival of acute decompensated heart failure in four US communities (2005-2014): the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study community surveillance. Chang PP, Wruck LM, Shahar E, Rossi JS, Loehr LR, Russell SD, Agarwal SK, Konety SH, Rodriguez CJ, Rosamond WD.. Circulation. 2018;():.

Heart disease and stroke statistics-2018 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Benjamin EJ, Virani SS, Callaway CW, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, Chiuve SE, Cushman M, Delling FN, Deo R, de Ferranti SD, Ferguson JF, Fornage M, Gillespie C, Isasi CR, Jimenez MC, Jordan LC, Judd SE, Lackland D, Lichtman JH,.. Circulation. 2018;137(12):E67-E492.

Cigarette smoking and incident heart failure: insights from the Jackson Heart Study. Kamimura D, Cain LR, Mentz RJ, White WB, Blaha MJ, DeFilippis AP, Fox ER, Rodriguez CJ, Keith RJ, Benjamin EJ, Butler J, Bhatnagar A, Robertson RM, Winniford MD, Correa A, Hall ME.. Circulation. 2018;():.

Statin eligibility, coronary artery calcium, and subsequent cardiovascular events according to the 2016 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) statin guidelines: MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Miedema MD, Dardari ZA, Kianoush S, Virani SS, Yeboah J, Knickelbine T, Sandfort V, Rodriguez CJ, Nasir K, Blaha MJ.. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7(12):e008920.

Metabolic syndrome and neurocognition among diverse middle-aged and older Hispanics/Latinos: HCHS/SOL results. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf W, Vasquez P, Sanderlin AH, Rosenberg NI, Davis S, Rodriguez CJ, Gallo LC, Thyagarajan B, Daviglus M, Khambaty T, Cai J, Schneiderman N.. Diabetes Care. 2018;41(7):1501-1509.

Occupational environmental exposures and cardiac structure and function: the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos (ECHO-SOL) [abstract]. Pena MB, Bulka CM, Swett K, Perreira K, Kansal M, Loop M, Daviglus M, Rodriguez C.. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;71(11 Suppl):1666.

Echocardiographic left ventricular global longitudinal strain in US Hispanics/Latinos: HCHS/SOL Echocardiographic Study of Latinos [abstract]. Rangel MO, Soto A, Kaplan R, Ponce S, Kansal M, Shah SJ, Cai JW, Bilsker M, Hurwitz BE, Pu M, Rodriguez C.. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;71(11 Suppl):1662.

Electronic cigarette prevalence and patterns of use in adults with a history of cardiovascular disease in the United States. Stokes A, Collins JM, Berry KM, Reynolds LM, Fetterman JL, Rodriguez CJ, Siegel MB, Benjamin EJ.. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7(9):e007602.

Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies. Wood AM, Kaptoge S, Butterworth AS, Willeit P, Warnakula S, Bolton T, Paige E, Paul DS, Sweeting M, Burgess S, Bell S, Astle W, Stevens D, Koulman A, Selmer RM, Verschuren WMM, Sato S, Njolstad I, Woodward M, Salomaa V, Nordestgaard BG,.. Lancet. 2018;391(10129):1513-1523.

Baseline blood pressure control in Hispanics: characteristics of Hispanics in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial. Rodriguez CJ, Still CH, Garcia KR, Wagenknecht L, White S, Bates JT, Del Cid MV, Lioudis M, Lopez Barrera N, Moreyra A, Punzi H, Ringer RJ, Cushman WC, Contreras G, Servilla K, Rocco M.. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2017;19(2):116-125.

A genome-wide interaction analysis of tricyclic/tetracyclic antidepressants and RR and QT intervals: a pharmacogenomics study from the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium. Noordam R, Sitlani CM, Avery CL, Stewart JD, Gogarten SM, Wiggins KL, Trompet S, Warren HR, Sun F, Evans DS, Li X, Li J, Smith AV, Bis JC, Brody JA, Busch EL, Caulfield MJ, Chen YI, Cummings SR, Cupples LA, Duan Q, Franco OH, Mendez-Giraldez R,.. J Med Genet. 2017;54(5):313-323.

The relationship between smoking intensity and subclinical cardiovascular injury: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Al Rifai M, DeFillippis AP, McEvoy JW, Hall ME, Acien AN, Jones MR, Keith R, Magid HS, Rodriguez CJ, Barr GR, Benjamin EJ, Robertson RM, Bhatnagar A, Blaha MJ.. Atherosclerosis. 2017;258():119-130.

Effect of intensive blood pressure treatment on heart failure events in the Systolic Blood Pressure Reduction Intervention Trial. Upadhya B, Rocco M, Lewis CE, Oparil S, Lovato LC, Cushman WC, Bates JT, Bello NA, Aurigemma G, Fine LJ, Johnson KC, Rodriguez CJ, Raj DS, Rastogi A, Tamariz L, Wiggers A, Kitzman DW.. Circ Heart Fail. 2017;10(4):e003613.

Diabetes status modifies the association between carotid intima-media thickness and incident heart failure: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Effoe VS, McClendon EE, Rodriguez CJ, Wagenknecht LE, Evans GW, Chang PP, Bertoni AG.. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2017;128():58-66.

Association of albuminuria with cardiac dysfunction in US Hispanics/Latinos. Hanna DB, Xu S, Melamed M, Gonzalez F II, Allison MA, Bilsker MS, Hurwitz BE, Kansal MM, Schneiderman N, Shah SJ, Kaplan RC, Rodriguez CJ, Kizer JR.. Am J Cardiol. 2017;119(12):2073-2080.

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) class I guidelines for the treatment of cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk: implications for US Hispanics/Latinos based on findings from the Hispanic. Qureshi WT, Kaplan RC, Swett K, Burke G, Daviglus M, Jung M, Talavera GA, Chirinos DA, Reina SA, Davis S, Rodriguez CJ.. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6(5):e005045.

Blood pressure and Hispanic/Latino cognitive function: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos results. Tarraf W, Rodriguez CJ, Daviglus ML, Lamar M, Schneiderman N, Gallo L, Talavera GA, Kaplan RC, Fornage M, Conceicao A, Gonzalez HM.. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;59(1):31-42.

Higher number of live births is associated with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and adverse cardiac remodelling among US Hispanic/Latina women: results from the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos. Aggarwal SR, Herrington DM, Vladutiu CJ, Newman JC, Swett K, Gonzalez F, Kizer JR, Kominiarek MA, Tabb KM, Gallo LC, Talavera GA, Hurwitz BE, Rodriguez CJ.. Open Heart. 2017;4(1):e000530.

High-quality statin trials support the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Cholesterol Guidelines after the HOPE-3 Trial (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation-3): MESA (the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Mortensen MB, Budoff MJ, Li D, Nasir K, Blaha MJ, Sandfort V, Rodriguez CJ, Ouyang P, Falk E.. Circulation. 2017;136(19):1863-1865.

Prevalence and predictors of diastolic dysfunction according to different classification criteria: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young in Adults Study. Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Colangelo LA, Lima JAC, Jacobs DR, Rodriguez CJ, Gidding SS, Lloyd-Jones DM, Shah SJ.. Am J Epidemiol. 2017;185(12):1221-1227.

Rasmussen-Torvik et al. respond to "the perfect measure of diastolic dysfunction" [editorial]. Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Colangelo LA, Lima JAC, Jacobs DR Jr, Rodriguez CJ, Gidding SS, Lloyd-Jones DM, Shah SJ.. Am J Epidemiol. 2017;185(12):1231-1232.

Smoking intensity and duration is associated with cardiac structure and function: the ECHOcardiographic Study of Hispanics/Latinos. Leigh JA, Kaplan RC, Swett K, Balfour P, Kansal MM, Talavera GA, Perreira K, Blaha MJ, Benjamin EJ, Robertson R, Bhartnagar A, Rodriguez CJ.. Open Heart. 2017;4(2):e000614.

Experiences of discrimination and incident type 2 diabetes mellitus: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Whitaker KM, Everson-Rose SA, Pankow JS, Rodriguez CJ, Lewis TT, Kershaw KN, Diez Roux AV, Lutsey PL.. Am J Epidemiol. 2017;186(4):445-455.

Effect of intensive blood-pressure treatment on patient-reported outcomes. Berlowitz DR, Foy CG, Kazis LE, Bolin LP, Conroy MB, Fitzpatrick P, Gure TR, Kimmel PL, Kirchner K, Morisky DE, Newman J, Olney C, Oparil S, Pajewski NM, Powell J, Ramsey T, Simmons DL, Snyder J, Supiano MA, Weiner DE, Whittle J, Rocco M,.. N Engl J Med. 2017;377(8):733-744.

Adult height, prevalent coronary artery calcium score, and incident cardiovascular disease outcomes in a multi-ethnic cohort. Yeboah J, Blaha MJ, Michos ED, Qureshi W, Miedema M, Flueckiger P, Rodriguez CJ, Szklo M, Bertoni AG.. Am J Epidemiol. 2017;186(8):935-943.

Diurnal salivary cortisol and nativity/duration of residence in Latinos: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Novak NL, Wang X, Clarke PJ, Hajat A, Needham BL, Sanchez BN, Rodriguez CJ, Seeman TE, Castro-Diehl C, Golden SH, Diez Roux AV.. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017;85():179-189.

Clinical outcomes by race and ethnicity in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT): a randomized clinical trial. Still CH, Rodriguez CJ, Wright JT Jr, Craven TE, Bress AP, Chertow GM, Whelton PK, Whittle JC, Freedman BI, Johnson KC, Foy CG, He J, Kostis JB, Lash JP, Pedley CF, Pisoni R, Powell JR, Wall BM.. Am J Hypertens. 2017;31(1):97-107.

Genetic architecture of lipid traits in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Graff M, Emery LS, Justice AE, Parra E, Below JE, Palmer ND, Gao C, Duan Q, Valladares-Salgado A, Cruz M, Morrison AC, Boerwinkle E, Whitsel EA, Kooperberg C, Reiner A, Li Y, Rodriguez CJ, Talavera GA, Langefeld CD, Wagenknecht LE, Norris JM,.. Lipids Health Dis. 2017;16(1):200.

Tobacco exposure-related alterations in DNA methylation and gene expression in human monocytes: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Reynolds LM, Lohman K, Pittman GS, Barr RG, Chi GC, Kaufman J, Wan M, Bell DA, Blaha MJ, Rodriguez CJ, Liu Y.. Epigenetics. 2017;12(12):1092-1100.

The relationship of circulating fibroblast growth factor 21 levels with incident atrial fibrillation: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Hui TH, McClelland RL, Allison MA, Rodriguez CJ, Kronmal RA, Heckbert SR, Michos ED, Barter PJ, Rye KA, Ong KL.. Atherosclerosis. 2017;269():86-91.

Psychosocial factors and risk of incident heart failure: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Ogilvie RP, Everson-Rose SA, Longstreth WT Jr, Rodriguez CJ, Diez-Roux AV, Lutsey PL.. Circ Heart Fail. 2016;9(1):e002243.

Dietary total isoflavone intake is associated with lower systolic blood pressure: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Richardson SI, Steffen LM, Swett K, Smith C, Burke L, Zhou X, Shikany JM, Rodriguez CJ.. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2016;18(8):778-783.

Ethnic minorities and coronary heart disease: an update and future directions. Leigh JA, Alvarez M, Rodriguez CJ.. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2016;18(2):9.

Burden of systolic and diastolic left ventricular dysfunction among Hispanics in the United States: insights from the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos. Mehta H, Armstrong A, Swett K, Shah SJ, Allison MA, Hurwitz B, Bangdiwala S, Dadhania R, Kitzman DW, Arguelles W, Lima J, Youngblood M, Schneiderman N, Daviglus ML, Spevack D, Talavera GA, Raisinghani A, Kaplan R, Rodriguez CJ.. Circ Heart Fail. 2016;9(4):e002733.

Prognosis of low normal left ventricular ejection fraction in an asymptomatic population-based adult cohort: the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Yeboah J, Rodriguez CJ, Qureshi W, Liu S, Carr JJ, Lima JA, Hundley WG, Herrington DM.. J Card Fail. 2016;22(10):763-768.

Perceived discrimination and nocturnal blood pressure dipping among Hispanics: the influence of social support and race. Rodriguez CJ, Gwathmey TM, Jin Z, Schwartz J, Beech BM, Sacco RL, Di Tullio MR, Homma S.. Psychosom Med. 2016;78(7):841-850.

Intensive vs standard blood pressure control and cardiovascular disease outcomes in adults aged greater than or equal to 75 years: a randomized clinical trial. Williamson JD, Supiano MA, Applegate WB, Berlowitz DR, Campbell RC, Chertow GM, Fine LJ, Haley WE, Hawfield AT, Ix JH, Kitzman DW, Kostis JB, Krousel-Wood MA, Launer LJ, Oparil S, Rodriguez CJ, Roumie CL, Shorr RI, Sink KM, Wadley VG,.. JAMA. 2016;315(24):2673-2682.

Race and sex differences in the incidence and prognostic significance of silent myocardial infarction in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Zhang ZM, Rautaharju PM, Prineas RJ, Rodriguez CJ, Loehr L, Rosamond WD, Kitzman D, Couper D, Soliman EZ.. Circulation. 2016;133(22):2141-2148.

Cardiovascular health among diverse Hispanics/Latinos: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) results. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf W, Rodriguez CJ, Gallo LC, Sacco RL, Talavera GA, Heiss G, Kizer JR, Hernandez R, Davis S, Schneiderman N, Daviglus ML, Kaplan RC.. Am Heart J. 2016;176():134-144.

Heart disease and stroke statistics-2016 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, Arnett DK, Blaha MJ, Cushman M, Das SR, de Ferranti S, Despres JP, Fullerton HJ, Howard VJ, Huffman MD, Isasi CR, Jimenez MC, Judd SE, Kissela BM, Lichtman JH, Lisabeth LD, Liu S, Mackey RH, Magid DJ, McGuire DK,.. Circulation. 2016;133(4):e38-e360.

Comparison of echocardiographic measures in a Hispanic/Latino population with the 2005 and 2015 American Society of Echocardiography reference limits (the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos). Qureshi WT, Leigh JA, Swett K, Dharod A, Allison MA, Cai J, Gonzalez F II, Hurwitz BE, Shah SJ, Desai AA, Spevack DM, Rodriguez CJ.. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016;9(1):e003597.

Association of the intensity and duration of cigarette smoking exposure with cardiac structure and function in smokers: the Echocardiographic Study of Hispanic/Latinos (ECHO-SOL) [abstract]. Leigh J, Kaplan R, Swett K, Balfour P, Kansal M, Talavera G, Perreira K, Blaha M, Benjamin E, Robertson RM, Bhatnagar A, Rodriguez C.. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016;67(13 Suppl):1799.

Life's simple 7's cardiovascular health metrics are associated with Hispanic/Latino neurocognitive function: HCHS/SOL results. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf W, Gouskova N, Rodriguez CJ, Rundek T, Grober E, Pirzada A, Gonzalez P, Lutsey PL, Camacho A, Daviglus ML, Wright C, Mosley TH.. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016;53(3):955-965.

Cardiovascular disease in Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Balfour PC Jr, Ruiz JM, Talavera GA, Allison MA, Rodriguez CJ.. J Lat Psychol. 2016;4(2):98-113.

Epigenetic signatures of cigarette smoking. Joehanes R, Just AC, Marioni RE, Pilling LC, Reynolds LM, Mandaviya PR, Guan W, Xu T, Elks CE, Aslibekyan S, Moreno-Macias H, Smith JA, Brody JA, Dhingra R, Yousefi P, Pankow JS, Kunze S, Shah SH, McRae AF, Lohman K, Sha J, Absher DM,.. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2016;9(5):436-447.

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