Discovering his love for medicine at an early age, Dr. Jeffrey S. Borer has served the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York, as a professor of medicine since 2008. Alongside this role, he is a professor of public health, surgery, cell biology and radiology, as well as chair of the Schiavone Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute and the Howard Gilman Institute of Heart Valve Disease. Previously also serving as chairman of the Department of Medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine of Downstate, Dr. Borer earlier was the Gladys and Roland Harriman professor of cardiovascular medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology of Cornell, and has continued to serve Cornell as adjunct professor of cardiovascular medicine in cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Borer is a world-renowned physician who has been named among the Top 1% of Physicians by the U.S. News & World Report. Nationally and internationally acclaimed for his research in medicine and cardiovascular health, he has contributed to the development of real-time radionuclide cineangiography and its application during exercise. This has allowed doctors to unmask heart abnormalities not apparent with patients at rest. As a result of Dr. Borer’s findings, this type of testing has profoundly changed the way diagnosis and prognostication occur in cardiology.
Impressively, Dr. Borer has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and eight books, and has served on many editorial boards including the Journal of Clinical and Basic Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of Heart Failure, among many others. Likewise, he has been advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for 42 years, having served four terms as chair of advisory committees (cardio-renal and cardiovascular devices).
Involved deeply in his community in Brooklyn, Dr. Borer has been the chairman of the committee on restoration at the Brooklyn Jewish Center since 2009, having also been chairman of the center’s building preservation committee. He is president of the board of trustees of the Corlette Glorney Foundation, a member of the committee for the dance collection of the New York Public Library and a past coach of the Major Division of the Big Apple Youth Baseball League. From 1991 to 2004, Dr. Borer also served as president of the American Friends of Israel National Heart to Heart Association and has been the comptroller’s representative on the New York City Historic Properties Fund. For his contributions to the field of medicine and cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Borer recently received the Kanu Chatterjee Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Academy of Cardiology in 2018, the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Heart Valve Diseases in 2014 and the Legend of Cardiology Award in 2014. He has also been the recipient of the Diversity in Cardiology Award, the Transforming Lives through Research Award, the Hans-Peter Krayenbuehl Memorial Award and a Public Service Medal from NASA. Dr. Borer also holds patents for co-inventing a method for inhibiting fibroblast growth and cardiac fibrosis.
A fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences since 2011, Dr. Borer is an honorary fellow of the Argentine Heart Association, as well as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the American Heart Association, the New York Cardiological Society, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the New York Academy of Medicine. He held the rank of surgeon for the U.S. Public Health Service and enjoys sports, theater, opera, calligraphy and history in his spare time.
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