Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, FACP


Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD is a cardiologist in the Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has been on staff at Cedars-Sinai for more than 30 years and is an expert in interventional and clinical cardiology and advanced imaging. Dr. Karlsberg is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Karlsberg was on the academic faculty at the University of California, Irvine and the Veterans Affairs Long Beach, where he directed cardiovascular research and the cardiology wards. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular computed tomography.

In addition to his extensive clinical experience, Dr. Karlsberg’s research interests include cardiology research, digital medical imaging, health informatics and electronic medical record systems. He is the recipient of over 300 cardiology research grants and is a recognized expert in the incorporation of new medical technologies into clinical applications. His research has appeared in over 50 peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation, Circulation Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Journal of Invasive Cardiology,  Journal of Cardiac Surgery, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.  He is a reviewer for national and international peer-reviewed journals.

In collaboration with the Cedars-Sinai S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, Dr. Karlsberg directs and teaches a widely acclaimed training program in coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) that is attended by international radiologists, cardiologists, nuclear physicians and Cedars-Sinai fellows. He is on the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Informatics Committee and is leading an initiative to create a national electronic record standard for cardiac outcomes. In addition, he has been appointed by the ACC to the International Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomographic Laboratories.

A prolific speaker, Dr. Karlsberg has lectured and presented at numerous national and international conferences and seminars. In 2006, he was named one of America’s Top Cardiologists by the Consumers Research Council of America. He has appeared frequently in the media as a recognized authority on the subject of cardiovascular disease with appearances on CBS’s American Journal, The Leeza Gibson Show and Fox News. He has been interviewed for articles published in The New York Times.

After graduating from the University of California, Berkley with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, Dr. Karlsberg earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He also completed a cardiology fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

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