Nieca Goldberg

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Nieca Goldberg (2017)

Nieca Goldberg (born October 21, 1957) is an American physician and author. Her specialty is as a cardiologist. The American College of Cardiology describes Goldberg as a "clinical innovator" and "a nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health".[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Goldberg decided to become a cardiologist because her father suffered from heart disease while she was in high school.[2] Goldberg is a graduate of Barnard College and SUNY Downstate Medical Center.[3] She did her medical residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a cardiology fellowship at SUNY Downstate.[citation needed] During her time in medical school, she was dismayed to find out that "all medical care was based on what was normal for a 165-pound man".[4]


Goldberg is the Medical Director at the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at the NYU Langone Medical Center which opened in 2011.[5][6] Goldberg was previously Chief of the Women’s Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital which at the time was the first program of its kind in New York City.[7] She was the founder of Total Heart Care in New York, which focuses on women's health care.[2] Goldberg is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.[1]

Advocate for women’s heart health[edit]

During Goldberg's early training as a doctor, she observed that many women were not being properly diagnosed in regards to heart diseases.[2] Goldberg also discusses how women often neglect their own health in favor of focusing on their family's health issues.[5]

Goldberg is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and has been in the forefront of the AHA "Go Red for Women" campaign.[8] Goldberg’s involvement as a leadership volunteer with not-for profit organizations concerned with women’s health also includes: co-medical director of the 92nd Street Y Cardio Rehab Program,[9] membership on the Board of Directors of the Society for Women’s Health Research (2015–Present)[10] and as a member of the Woman’s Day Editorial Advisory Board.[11]

Goldberg was part of General Mills’ cereal promotion that featured her likeness with a public service message on 3,000,000 boxes of Wheat Chex and MultiGrain Chex in 2004.[12] She has also been recognized by the American Heart Association’s "Dr. with Heart Award", Woman’s Day magazine’s "Red Dress Award" in 2005,[13] Jewish Women International’s "Women to Watch" Award, and "The Women at Heart" 2006 Honoree Award from the Links Greater New York Chapter.[14]


Goldberg wrote Women are Not Small Men: Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women in order to combat misinformation and ignorance about women's cardiovascular health.[15] It was updated later and retitled The Women’s Healthy Heart Program – Lifesaving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease.

She is also the author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b "Nieca Goldberg, MD: Pioneer in Women's Cardiovascular Health". American College of Cardiology. March 15, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Peerenboom, Jean (1 May 2006). "Doctor Urges Good Heart Health". Green Bay Press-Gazette. p. B1. Retrieved 2018-07-27 – via and "Heart/Eating Good, Exercising Can Reduce Risk, She Says". Green Bay Press-Gazette. 1 May 2006. p. B3. Retrieved 2018-07-27 – via
  3. ^ "Being the First: Pioneering Heart Health | Barnard College". Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  4. ^ Langone, John (12 February 2002). "BOOKS ON HEALTH; Closing the Gap on Heart Risk for Women". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  5. ^ a b "Physicians Call for Emphasis on Women's Health". Medical Marketing & Media. 50 (5): 22. May 2015 – via EBSCOhost.
  6. ^ Pearson, Erica (16 July 2013). "New York's best hospitals: NYU Langone Medical Center treats women right". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  7. ^ Bernard, Sarah (7 June 1999). "Dr. Nieca Goldberg: Deep in the Heart". New York Magazine. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Nieca Goldberg, M.D., Alice Greenwood, Ph.D". Baker & Taylor Author Biographies. January 2000 – via EBSCOhost.
  9. ^ "Living (Well) with Heart Disease: 92Y's Cardiac Rehab Program" (PDF). Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Board of Directors". Society for Women's Health Research. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Society for Women's Health Research Announces Three New Board Members". Society for Women's Health Research. August 17, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Mundell, E.J. (26 October 2004). "Heart Doctor Is Next Cereal Box Celebrity". HealthDay. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Red Dress Award Winners Through the Years". Woman's Day. 2017-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  14. ^ "'Educate, Enable, Enlist and Explore - How to Improve the Health of Women' Public Workshop" (PDF). Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  15. ^ Schneider, Janet M. (December 2001). "Women Are Not Small Men (Book)". Library Journal. 126 (20): 158 – via EBSCOhost.
  16. ^ "Nieca Goldberg, MD". Healthy Women. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  17. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2018-07-27.

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