Dr. Jorge Kizer's research focuses on advancing understanding of biochemical and imaging determinants of cardiovascular disease and stroke, with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. His key areas of interest are obesity and the aging process, and how bioactive factors secreted by adipocytes, skeletal myocytes, and cardiomyocytes, among other cell types, lead to dysregulation of homeostatic mechanisms and promote the development of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. A related area of investigation is HIV infection, and the roles of chronic immune activation and inflammation, and associated perturbations in metaboiism and adipose tissue distribution, in accelerated heart and vascular dysfunction.
After receiving a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kizer completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He subsequently earned a master of science in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and went on to complete a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He came to Einstein-Montefiore from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Kizer has been an investigator in several NIH-funded population based studies, principally the Strong Heart Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study, and his work has been funded by research awards from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association. He serves as Editor of the Clinical Trials and their Interpretation section for Current Atherosclerosis Reports.
cardiology, sleep medicine