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Sofia Shames, MD

Board Certifications: 
Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Adult Cardiology
  • Clinical Research

Education & Training

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine (Canada)
  • Internship: Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Residency: Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

2014 Teacher of the Year Award, Cardiology Division, Columbia University

About Sofia Shames

Dr. Shames has completed her training in Cardiology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada followed by a research fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Linda Gillam at CUMC. She is board certified in Adult Cardiology and Adult Echocardiography. Her main area of expertise and research interest is adult echocardiography including transthoracic, transesophageal, and stress echocardiography. She is actively engaged in teaching cardiology fellows rotating through the echo lab.

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Assistant Director of Teaching in the Echocardiography Laboratory
  • Director of Columbia University Core Laboratory for European Edwards Lifesciences PARTNER EU and PREVAIL Transcatheter Aortic Valve trials

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • French
  • Russian


  • Female

Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199


  • MagnaCare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Selected Publications

Timing of surgery in valvular heart disease: prophylactic surgery vs watchful waiting in the
asymptomatic patient. Gillam LD, Marcoff L, Shames S. Can J Cardiol. 2014, 30(9):1035-45.

Symptoms in Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis and Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection
Fraction: Is It All About Diastole? Shames S, Gillam LD. Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging. 2014,

Prevalence, Significance, and Management of Aortic Insufficiency in Continuous Flow Left
Ventricular Assist Device Recipients. Jorde UP, Uriel N, Nahumi N, Bejar D, Gonzalez-
Costello J, Thomas SS, Han J, Morrison KA, Jones S, Kodali S, Hahn RT, Shames S,
Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo P, Takayama H, Naka Y. Circulation Heart Failure. 2014, 7(2):

Sex Differences in Aortic Valve Calcification. Shames S, Gillam LD. Circulation:
Cardiovascular Imaging. 2013, 6(1): 8-10.

Role of Echocardiography to Guide New Transcatheter Interventions for Valvular Heart Disease.
Shames S, Gillam LD. Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports. 2012, 5(6): 432-443.

Flow Characteristics of the SAPIEN Aortic Valve: The Importance of Recognizing In-Stent
Flow Acceleration for the Echocardiographic Assessment of Valve Function. Shames S, Koczo,
A, Hahn R, Jin Z, Picard MH, Gillam LD.