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Gerald BerensonGerald S. Berenson, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Section of Cardiology
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Cardiology
Research Professor of Epidemiology
Director of the Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health
Chair in Preventative Cardiology
Principal Investigator, Bogalusa Heart Study
Tulane Cancer Center Associate Member

Contact Information
Phone: 504-988-7197
Address: 1430 Tulane Ave., Box SL-29, New Orleans, LA 70112-2699

Biographical Narrative
Dr. Berenson, a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana, is a graduate of Tulane University and the Tulane School of Medicine. He has taught as a cardiologist at both Louisiana State University and Tulane University Medical Schools for over 40 years. He was Section Chief of Cardiology at LSU Medical Center for 17 years. His primary interest is in atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and hypertension. He is the Principal Investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study, which has become known nationally and internationally for the study of the early natural history of heart disease. As an outgrowth of observations of poor lifestyles, unhealthy diet, smoking and inactivity contributing to obesity, he and his colleagues developed a prevention program for elementary school children, the Health Ahead/Heart Smart health education program, and a Family Health Program to control cardiovascular risk factors. Dr. Berenson's interest is in the prevention of heart disease and he encourages health education of children and families as a public health approach for preventive cardiology.

Selected Publications
Srinivasan SR, Myers L, Berenson GS. Risk variables of insulin resistance syndrome in African-American and Caucasian young adults with microalbuminuria: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hyperten 13: 1271-1279 (2000)

Batten LA, Urbina EM, Berenson GS. Interobserver reproducibility of heart rate variability in children: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Cardiol 86: 1264-1266 (2000)

Chen W, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Plasma renin activity and insulin resistance in African-American and white children: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Am J Hyperten 14: 212-217 (2001)

Srinivasan SR, Myers L, Berenson GS. Rate of change in adiposity and its relationship to concomitant changes in cardiovascular risk variables among biracial (black-white) children and young adults: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Metabolism 50: 299-305 (2001)

Freedman DS, Bowman BA, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS, Otvos JD. Distribution and correlates of high-density lipoprotein subclasses among children and adolescents. Metabolism 50: 370-376 (2001)

Frontini MG, Srinivvasan SR, Elkasabany A, Berenson GS. Distribution and cardiovascular risk correlates of serum triglycerides in young adults for a biracial community: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Atherosclerosis 155: 201-209 (2001)


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