Neil J. Stone, MD - Cardiology

Dr. Neil J. Stone reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Stone specializes in dietary control of fat and cholesterol to prevent heart disease, with a special interest in disorders of lipid metabolism. He is Professor of Clinical Medicine (Cardiology) at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and is a practicing internist, cardiologist and lipidologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was selected as the first Jacques M. Smith Distinguished Physician in Medicine, as well as the Suzanne and Milton Davidson Distinguished Physician.

In addition to being a well-known teacher and lecturer, Dr. Stone has written or coauthored three books on the dietary control of fat and cholesterol, many book chapters, and numerous articles for peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Stone was a member of the first and third National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panels (ATP I, III). He is past Chairman of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and Clinical Affairs Committee. He served as part of the AHA Expert Panel on Population and Prevention Science and participated in the groups that published the AHA Guidelines for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke: 2002 Update. Recently he was selected by the AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism to be a writing group member for the revision of the 2004 Evidence-Based Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women as well as the AHA/ADA Statement on Primary Prevention of CVD in Diabetes. He has been invited to participate as a member of the NHLBI Clinical Guidelines Leadership Group for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.

Dr. Stone has coauthored three books on cardiovascular nutrition and/or management of lipid disorders and has authored more than 130 publications in this field. The sixth edition of his most recent book, Management of Lipids in Clinical Practice, with colleague Conrad Blum, MD, was published in 2006.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Clinical Lipidology

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Cardiac Rehabilitation
High Cholesterol
High Triglycerides

Education

M.D.: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 1968
Internship and Residency in Medicine: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital at Harvard University (now Brigham and Women's Hospital), Boston, 1968–1970
Staff Associate: National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (Molecular Disease and Lipid Metabolism), 1970–1973
Chief Medical Resident: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 1973–1974
Fellowship in Cardiology: Northwestern University School of Medicine, 1974–1975

Academic/Hospital Appointments

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University:

  • Instructor in Medicine, 1973–1976
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, 1976–1980
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, 1981–1996
  • Professor of Clinical Medicine (Cardiology), 1996–present

Northwestern Memorial Hospital:

  • Adjunct Staff, 1975–1976
  • Associate Attending Staff, 1976-1981
  • Attending Staff, 1981–present

Professional Affiliations

American College of Cardiology
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Physicians
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Heart Association Councils of Arteriosclerosis and Clinical Cardiology
American Society of Internal Medicine
Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism
Midwest Lipid Association
National Lipid Association

Selected Publications

  1. Sibley C, Stone NJ (2006). Familial hypercholesterolemia: A challenge of diagnosis and therapy. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 73(1): 57–64.
  2. Stone NJ (2006). Clinical confidence and the three C's: Caring, communicating, and competence. American Journal of Medicine, 119(1): 1–2.
  3. Stone NJ (2006). Therapy and clinical trials. Current Opinion in Lipidology, 17(2): 199–201.
  4. Stone NJ, et al. (2005). Atorvastatin inhibits calcification and enhances nitric oxide synthase production in the hypercholesterolaemic aortic valve. Heart, 91(6): 806–810.
  5. Stone NJ, et al. (2005). Recent National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III update: Adjustments and options. American Journal of Cardiology, 96(4A): 53E–59E.

Selected Books/Book Chapters

  1. Stone NJ, Blum CB (2004). Management of Lipids in Clinical Practice, 5th ed. Caddo, OK: Professional Communications.
  2. Stone N (1996). Hyperlipoproteinemia, method of Neil J. Stone, M.D. In Conn's Current Therapy. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders and Company.
  3. Stone NJ (1997). Clinical approach to hyperlipidemia. In Guide to Cardiology (RA Kloner, ed.). New York: Le Jacq Publishing Company.
  4. Stone NJ, Blum C, Winslow E (1997). Management of Lipids in Clinical Practice (6th ed. in 2006). Oklahoma: Professional Communications.
  5. Stone NJ (1997). Diet, nutritional issues and obesity. In Topol EJ, ed., Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven.

Financial Disclosure

In the past 12 months, Dr. Stone has received honoraria for consultant work for Abbott, Merck, Schering Plough and Unilever and for educational activities related to his work on lipid guidelines and cardiovascular nutrition.

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