Jorge Plutzky, MD, is a preventive cardiologist board certified in internal medicine and in the cardiovascular diseases. He is the Director of the Vascular Disease Prevention Program, which includes the Lipid/Prevention Clinic and BWH/Partners Premature Atherosclerosis Center, all at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Plutzky is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also directs a NIH-funded basic science laboratory that investigates mechanisms contributing to the development of atherosclerosis in patients with various metabolic disorders, namely obesity, dyslipidemia, and diabetes. Dr. Plutzky's expertise across both basic science and clinical issues relevent to cardiovascular disease and metabolic abnormalities is well recognized. Dr. Plutzky was a former member of the FDA's Endocrine and Metabolism Physician's Advisory Panel, being the first cardiologist to serve in this role. He has been the chair of international meetings in this field and is a highly sought-after lecturer nationally and internationally. Widely published in these areas in both clinical and basic science journals, Dr. Plutzky and his laboratory have received several major research awards, including the Ernest Klenk Lectureship from the University of Cologne, the Plenary Lecture in Preventive Cardiology from the Japan Society of Ningen Dock, and American College of Cardiology Foundation/Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine at The George Washington University. MGH and BWH cardiology fellows and BWH endocrinology fellows rotate through his clinic. He was awarded The Eugene Braunwald Teaching Awards for Excellence in Teaching of Clinical Cardiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital by the fellows in 2007.
Dr. Plutzky is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the National Lipid Association. He has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Plutzky is an active volunteer with the American Heart Association, where he is a national spokesperson, and the American Diabetes Association, is a member of the Basic Sciences Council, the Clinical Lipidology and Thrombosis Committee, and The Fall Program Committee for the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Dr. Plutzky received his Bachelor of Arts degree With Highest Honors from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, which included a research fellowship at NIH. He completed his internship, residency in internal medicine, and cardiology fellowship all at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He served as a Chief Medical Resident at West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Hospital. During his cardiology training, he also completed a research fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.