The relaunched Hypertension Center at Columbia University Medical Center will officially kick off operations in October, according to Shunichi “Nick” Homma, MD, FACC, ColumbiaDoctors chief medical officer. As the center’s faculty champion, Dr. Homma said reviving the center is “a necessary component of a top-flight cardiology program to give in-depth and personal care to patients with different types of hypertension, a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the world.”
As the first truly multidisciplinary Center of Excellence for treating hypertension in the New York metropolitan area, the center’s mission is to combine the latest advances in hypertension diagnosis and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment with a personalized patient care experience. The center’s team of specialists and generalists treat the wide-ranging impact of hypertension on the body.
According to the center’s co-founder Ian Kronish, MD, MPH, providers are available at multiple locations around New York City, and appointments can be made through a single appointment line, (212) 342-1273.
The center is led by Dr. Kronish along with Daichi Shimbo, MD, a preventive cardiologist, two leaders in the field of hypertension research and practice. They help coordinate the multidisciplinary team of clinicians with expertise in cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, neurology, and primary care. Furthering the multidisciplinary approach, the Hypertension Center also partners with the ColumbiaDoctors Adrenal Center and the ColumbiaDoctors Mothers Center.
The center addresses multiple hypertension-related issues, including:
- Diagnosis of white coat hypertension and nocturnal hypertension
- Treatment of uncontrolled and resistant hypertension
- Diagnosis and treatment of secondary hypertension
- Diagnosis and treatment of labile blood pressure and orthostatic hypotension
This team offers advanced diagnostic testing including state-of-the-art, accurate clinic blood pressure measurement, out-of-clinic blood pressure measuring including 24-hour ambulatory and home blood pressure monitoring, vascular function assessment (pulse wave analysis), and biochemical profiling. A shared approach to hypertension treatment is personalized to each patient, with options for medication and lifestyle approaches to lowering blood pressure.
The Hypertension Center is inspired by the work of Thomas Pickering, MD, who was a world-renowned pioneer in hypertension research and founder of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health. He was responsible for popularizing the current approach to diagnosing and treating hypertension by relying on measurements outside of the doctor’s office.
Dr. Pickering fostered collaboration, collegiality, and attention to detail in all of his work. These characteristics remain signatures of Columbia’s Hypertension Center to this day, Dr. Kronish said.
Services are provided at several locations, including ColumbiaDoctors Midtown and on Columbia University Medical Center’s main campus.