Physician’s Profile

Emily J. Tsai, MD

Board Certificates: 
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Heart Failure
Pulmonary Hypertension
Cardiovascular Disease
Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Heart Transplant Management

1992          Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
1992          Presidential Scholar Finalist
1996          Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard College
1996          Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College
1999          Inductee, The Aesculapian Club, Harvard Medical School
1999          Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholar
2000          Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Advanced Scholar
2001          Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continued Fellowship for Medical Studies

2001          Wellsford & Mildred Clark Medical Memorial Scholarship
2002          Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School
2007          Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2008          Finalist, Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum
2010          Faculty Development Research Award, Department of Medicine, Temple University
2012          Jay N. Cohn New Investigator Award in Basic Science, Heart Failure Society of America

2015          Provost's Grant for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, Columbia University
2016          M. Irene Ferrer Scholar Award, Columbia University College of P&S Department of Medicine and The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine

2017          Presidential Career Development Award, American College of Cardiology

2018          Lewis Katz Cardiovascular Research Prize 


Emily J. Tsai, MD, FACC, FAHA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. She is an attending physician in the Center for Advanced Cardiac Care at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Board-certified in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Dr. Tsai specializes in caring for heart failure patients who require, or have received, a ventricular assist device or heart transplant.

Dr. Tsai is a magna cum laude graduate in engineering sciences of Harvard College. She received her MD cum laude from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She completed internal medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and cardiology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Hopkins, Dr. Tsai focused her clinical training in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Dr. Tsai also completed post-doctoral basic cardiovascular research training at Johns Hopkins University in the laboratory of David A. Kass, MD, FAHA. After her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Tsai was recruited to Temple University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medicine and physiology and a principal investigator in its Cardiovascular Research Center. In 2015, Dr. Tsai joined the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and established her laboratory in integrative cardiac pathophysiology.