Renowned Cardiologist Cindy Grines, MD, Joins Northwell Health

Cindy Grines, MD, joins Northwell Health.

Cindy Grines, MD, one of the nation’s preeminent cardiologists, has joined Northwell Health. She also was appointed chair of cardiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Dr. Grines, who helped pioneer percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for heart attack, will perform interventions and cardiac catheterizations at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. At the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, she will develop and foster world-class cardiology research and education programs and implement it across the Northwell Health system.

Previously, Dr. Grines was vice president of academic and clinical affairs at Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. Before joining the Detroit hospital in 2011, Dr. Grines was vice chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, where she spent two decades. Dr. Grines led numerous multicenter clinical trials, including the PAMI trial that demonstrated primary PCI was superior to clot busting drugs and the Stent PAMI study, which confirmed the benefits of stents versus angioplasty for treating heart attacks. Research led by Dr. Grines revolutionized the management of heart attack patients across the world.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Grines, one of the most esteemed interventional cardiologists in the country, as the chair of cardiology at the medical school,” said Lawrence Smith, MD, Northwell Health’s physician-in-chief and dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “With exceptional clinical, teaching and research skills, Dr. Grines will develop a premiere cardiac research program as well as developing clinical trials that will give patients earlier access to the latest in diagnostics and therapeutics.”

Dr. Grines has had a significant impact on a number of areas of cardiology and interventional cardiology, but in particular with myocardial infarction, or heart attack.  She has a long history of research, publications and designing clinical trials.

She has published more than 400 publications, numerous book chapters and hundreds of medical journal articles regarding cardiac catheterization, PCI, acute myocardial infarction, gene therapy and heart disease in women. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Grines has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and has received many regional and national awards. In March, she received the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Distinguished Mentor Award. The Michigan ACC awarded Dr. Grines its Legacy Award, only the second person to receive the honor. In 2016, she was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award for the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and received the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) – Luminary in Interventional Cardiology award.

Dr. Grines received her medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and completed her internship and residency at the same university. She completed her fellowship in cardiology from the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a member of numerous professional societies and is on the executive committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the scientific session program committee for the American College of Cardiology and is the chairperson for Women in Innovations.

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Hofstra University and Northwell Health are partners in the establishment and operation of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of Northwell Health and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health. A brief history of the School's development is included below.