Philip Greenland

  • 42672 Citations
1972 …2023
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Research Interests

Dr. Greenland is the Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a Senior Editor for JAMA. He held previous positions as Department Chair of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, and Director of Northwestern’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He has been actively engaged as a cardiovascular epidemiologist in the MESA Study, the CARDIA Study, the Women’s Health Initiative, the Chicago Heart Association Detection Project in Industry, and the Chicago Western Electric Study. He is a longstanding member of the NHLBI Observational Study Monitoring Board for the Framingham Heart Study and a member of the Board of External Experts of NHLBI. Dr. Greenland’s research has helped to shape cardiovascular care guidelines around the world. His work, which has been cited thousands of times, was among the first to reveal that women are more likely to die from heart attacks than men, and his studies illustrated that major risk factors almost always precede heart attacks, overcoming the “50% myth.” He has also contributed to enhanced diagnostic and preventive care, showing the importance of coronary calcium scanning for cardiovascular disease risk prediction. He has been recognized multiple times as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in clinical medicine. In 2016, he received a National Mentoring Award from the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association. He also received the David Rogers Award from the AAMC in the same year, recognizing his career-long impact on the health and health care of the United States, and in 2017, he received the James Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians for his longstanding research and clinical impact in preventive medicine. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention

Training Experience

1975Internship, Strong Memorial Hospital
1978Residency, Strong Memorial Hospital
1980Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical Center

Education/Academic qualification

MD, University of Rochester

… → 1974


  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Epidemiology
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Wellness and Fitness
  • Women's Health

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Grants 1993 2023

Muscular Diseases
Atrial Fibrillation
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Atrial Fibrillation
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Catheter Ablation
Precision Medicine
Health Personnel
Biomedical Technology

Research Output 1972 2019

A New Personalized, Patient-Centric, and Cost-Conscious Guideline for Contemporary Cholesterol Management

Peterson, E. & Greenland, P., Feb 26 2019, In : JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 321, 8, p. 749-750 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Costs and Cost Analysis

Competency-Based Postdoctoral Education

Carnethon, M. R., Neubauer, L. C. & Greenland, P., Jan 15 2019, In : Circulation. 139, 3, p. 310-312 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Competency-Based Education
Cardiovascular Diseases
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
3 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing gaps in cholesterol treatment guidelines for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease based on available randomised clinical trial evidence: The Rotterdam Study

Pavlović, J., Greenland, P., Deckers, J. W., Kavousi, M., Hofman, A., Ikram, M. A., Franco, O. H. & Leening, M. J. G., Mar 1 2018, In : European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 25, 4, p. 420-431 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Primary Prevention
Cardiovascular Diseases
Randomized Controlled Trials
20 Citations (Scopus)

Association of Bariatric Surgery Using Laparoscopic Banding, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, or Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy vs Usual Care Obesity Management With All-Cause Mortality

Reges, O., Greenland, P., Dicker, D., Leibowitz, M., Hoshen, M., Gofer, I., Rasmussen-Torvik, L. J. & Balicer, R. D., Jan 16 2018, In : JAMA. 319, 3, p. 279-290 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bariatric Surgery
Gastric Bypass
5 Citations (Scopus)

Association of Blood Pressure Classification in Young Adults Using the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Blood Pressure Guideline with Cardiovascular Events Later in Life

Yano, Y., Reis, J. P., Colangelo, L. A., Shimbo, D., Viera, A. J., Allen, N. B., Gidding, S. S., Bress, A. P., Greenland, P., Muntner, P. & Lloyd-Jones, D. M., Nov 6 2018, In : JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 320, 17, p. 1774-1782 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Young Adult
Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular Diseases