Jorge Plutzky, M.D. is the Director of the Vascular Disease Prevention Program, which includes the Lipid/Prevention Clinic, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Plutzky is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in preventive cardiology and lipid disorders. He has been especially recognized for his role in helping understand and approach links between cardiovascular disease and metabolic problems like obesity, dyslipidemia and diabetes. He directs an NIH-funded basic science laboratory that studies transcriptional mechanisms connecting these issues.
Clinically, he is involved in many programs that seek to address cardiometabolic issues in his position as director of The Vascular Disease Prevention Program and co-director of Preventive Cardiology. He is also involved in several translational research projects related to these same issues. Dr. Plutzky was the first cardiologist to serve on the Food and Drug Administration’s Endocrine and Metabolic Advisory Committee and remains involved with the FDA on multiple levels. Dr. Plutzky and his laboratory have received many awards, including the American Heart Association’s Katz Basic Science Prize, the University of Cologne’s Klenck Award, Harvard Medical School’s Tucker Collins Lectureship, and the Braunwald Teaching Award.
Dr. Plutzky received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echol’s Scholar, and his M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he received several research awards. Internship, residency in internal medicine, and cardiology fellowship were all completed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, during which time he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.