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Women in Medicine and Science at Upstate

This guide provides information on female pioneers associated with Upstate and its predecessor institutions who left lasting impacts on medicine and science. Please check back regularly as we will continue to add influential women to this guide.

Lori J. Mosca MD

Dr. Lori Mosca is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and director of preventive cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She was the founding director of the Preventive Cardiology Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at the Columbia Center for Heart Disease Prevention. 

Dr. Mosca received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1984 and her MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Upstate Medical University and a fellowship in preventive cardiology at Columbia University. She has been listed among America’s and New York’s Top Doctors for multiple years. 

Dr. Mosca was the recipient of an American Heart Association (AHA) Scientist Development Award. In 2004, Dr. Mosca was named the Outstanding Young Award at Upstate Medical University and was the inaugural recipient of the Women’s Day Red Dress Award. Dr. Mosca has been awarded the American Medical Women’s Association’s Women in Science Award in 2007 for her contributions to advancing the science of women’s health. 

Dr. Mosca’s area of clinical expertise is preventive cardiology women’s health. Her research has centered around risk factors and heart disease prevention. Dr. Mosca authored ‘Heart to Heart: A Personal Plan for Creating a Heart-Healthy Family’. She is a peer reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has authored more than 200 scientific publications. 


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Resources on Lori Mosca MD

1. At Health Sciences Library

  • Mosca L. Heart to Heart, a Personal Plan for Creating a Heart-Healthy Family : Your Guide to the Good Life. Health Communications; 2005.
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  • Mosca L. Sex, statins, and statistics. The Lancet (British edition). 2015;385(9976):1368-1369. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62005-5
    • Location (click here)

2. Interviews

  • Lori Mosca, MD, PhD 
    • Mitka M. Lori Mosca, MD, PhD. JAMA. 2005;293(14):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.293.14.1717 

Bibliography - Publications

1. Mosca et al: A Novel Family Based Intervention Trial to Improve Heart Health (FIT Heart): Results of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial . Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 2008;1: 98-106

2. Mosca L, Mochari H, Christian AH, Berra K, Taubert K, Mills T, Burdick KA, Simpson SL: A National Study of Women's Awareness, Preventive Action, and Barriers to Cardiovascular Health. Circulation 2006;113: 525-534

3. Mosca L, et al: 2007 Update: American Heart Association Evidenced-based Guidelines for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women.. Circulation 2007;49: 1230-50

4. Mosca L, Linfante AH, Benjamin EJ, Berra K, Hayes SN, Walsh BW, Fabunmi RP, Kwan J, Mills T, Simpson SL: Physician Awareness and Adherence to Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Guidelines in the United States. Circulation 2005;111: 499-510

5. Mosca L, Bairey-Merz N, Blumenthal RS, Cziraky MJ, Fabunmi RP, Sarwate C, Watson K, Willey VJ, Stanek EJ: Opportunity for Intervention to Achieve American Heart Association Optimal Lipid Levels in High-Risk Women in a Managed Care Setting. Circulation 2005;111: 488-493