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Department of Internal Medicine

Ezra A. Amsterdam, M.D. View profile as PDF

Ezra A. Amsterdam

Clinical Interests

Ezra Amsterdam specializes in management of acute ischemic syndromes, identification and management of low-risk patients with chest pain (immediate treadmill testing, role of panic attack, GERD), post-myocardial infarction risk stratification and management, and prevention of coronary artery disease.


Associate Chief (Academic Affairs), Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


Cardiovascular Medicine


UC Davis Heart Center

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Cardiology Clinic
4860 Y St., Suite 0200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 800-282-3284
Phone: 916-734-0171

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 916-734-5678


M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, 1962
B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1958


Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1963


Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1965
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York, 1966


Peter Bent Brigham Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1968

Professional Memberships:

American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers

Select Honors and Awards:

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine prestents 2010 School of Medicine Research Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to biomedical science and medicine through research activities., 2010

Kaiser Foundation Hospital Award for "Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Sciences", University of California, Davis School of Medicine Graduation Class, 2001

"Outstanding Clinical Instructor", University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Graduating Class, 2001

"Clinical Teacher of the Year" Award, Center for Continuing Medical Education, University of California, Davis Medical Center, 2000

Cited in "Top 10% of manuscripts reviewers for Annals of Internal Medicine, 1999

"Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Abstract Poster Presentation Award" Annual National Meeting for Basic Clinical Science. Turnipseed SD, Kirk JD, Richards JP, Amsterdam EA: Frequency of Acute Coronary Syndromes in Methamphetamine Users with Chest Pain. Acad Emerg Med 1999:6:424., 1999

"Outstanding Attending" Award, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, 1982

"Outstanding Clinical Instructor" Award, University of California, Davis, 1975

"Most Improved Professor" Award, University of California, Davis, 1973

Edwin G. Strasenburgh Award, School of Medicine, University of Rochester, 1962

Select Recent Publications:

Amsterdam EA, Kirk JD, Bluemke DA, Diercks D, Farkouh ME, Garvey JL, Kontos MC, McCord J, Miller TD, Morise A, Newby LK, Rberg FL, Scordo KA, Thompson PD. Testing of Low-Risk Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Chest Pain. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation, 374-7.

Li Z, Carlisle DM, Marcin JP, Castellanos LR, Romano Ps, Young JN, Amsterdam EA. Impact of public reporting on access to coronary artery bypass surgery: the California Outcomes Reporting Program. Ann Thorac Surg 2010; 89(4): 1131-8.

Li Z, Denton T, Yeo KK, Parker JP, White R, Young JN, Amerstdam EA. Off Pump Bypass Surgery and Pos-Operative Stroke: California Coronary Bypass Outcomes Reporting Program. Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Bukkapatnam RN, Robinson M, Turnipseed S, Tancredi D, Amsterdam E, Srivatsa UN. Relationship of myocardial ischemia and injury to coronary artery disease in patients with supraventricular tachycardia. Am J Cardiol 2010; 106(3): 374-7.

Praserthdam W, Robinson M, Gamp P, Amsterdam EA. Door to chest tube time? American Journal of Medicine 2010; 123(7): 598-600.

Turnipseed SD, Amsterdam EA, Laurin EG, Lichty LL, Miles PH, Diercks DB. Frequency of Non-ST-segment Elevation Injury Patterns on Prehospital Electrocardiograms. Prehosp Emerg Care 2010; 14:1-5.

O'Connor CM, Whellan DJ, Lee KL, Keteyian SJ, Cooper LS, Ellis SJ, Leifer ES, Kraus WE, Kitzman DW, Blumenthal JA, Rendall DS, Miller NH, Fleg JL, Schulman KA, McKelvie RS, Zannad F, Piña IL; HF-ACTION Investigators. Efficacy and safety of exercise training in patients with chronic heart failure: HF-ACTION randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2009 Apr 8;301(14):1439-50. 2009

Liebson PR, Amsterdam EA. Ongoing Telmisartan Alone and in Combination With Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial (ONTARGET): implications for reduced cardiovascular risk. Prev Cardiol. Winter;12(1):43-50. 2009

Amsterdam EA, Kappagoda CT. Current approaches to the challenge of coronary heart disease risk assessment: C-reactive protein mania and imaging-itis?. Prev Cardiol. Winter;12(1):1-2. 2009

Peacock WF, Fonarow GC, Ander DS, Collins SP, Gheorghiade M, Kirk JD, Filippatos G, Diercks DB, Trupp RJ, Hiestand B, Amsterdam EA, Abraham WT, Amsterdam EA, Dodge G, Gaieski DF, Gurney D, Hayes CO, Hollander JE, Holmes K, Januzzi JL Jr, Levy P, Maisel A, Miller CD, Pang PS, Selby E, Storrow AB, Weintraub NL, Yancy CW, Bahr RD, Blomkalns AL, McCord J, Nowak RM, Stomel RJ. Society of Chest Pain Centers recommendations for the evaluation and management of the observation stay acute heart failure patient-part 1. Acute Card Care. 11(1):3-42 2009

Bhat A, Desai A, Amsterdam EA. Usefulness of high functional capacity in patients with exercise-induced ST-depression to predict a negative result on exercise echocardiography and low prognostic risk. American Journal of Cardiology. 10(11):1541-1543. 2008

Lindberg ML, Amsterdam E. Alcohol, Wine and Cardiovascular Health. Clinical Cardiology. 31(8):347-351. 2008

Peacock WF, Bhatt DL, Diercks D, Amsterdam E, Chandra A, Ohman EM, Brown DF, Januzzi J. Cardiologists’ and emergency physicians’ perspectives on and knowledge of reperfusion guidelines pertaining to ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction. Texas Heart Institute Journal. 35(2):152-161. 2008

Diercks D, Amsterdam EA, Gaieski DF, Gurney D, Peacock WF, Fonarow GC; Society of Chest Pain Centers Acute Heart Failure Committee. Discharge criteria. Critical Pathways in Cardiology. 7(2):111-115. 2008

Yeo KK, Li Z, Yeun JY, Amsterdam E. Serverity of chronic kidney disease as a risk factor for operative mortality in nonemergent patients in the California coronary artery bypass graft surgery outcomes reporting program. American Journal of Cardiology. 101(9):1269-1274. 2008

Ross MA, Amsterdam E, Peacock WF, Graff L, Fesmire F, Garvey JL, Kelly S, Holmes K, Karunaratne HB, Toth M, Dadkhah S, McCord J. Chest pain center accreditation is associated with better performance of centers for medicare and Medicaid services core measures for acute myocardial infarction. American Journal of Cardiology. 102(2):120-124. 2008

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