Vera A. Bittner, MD, MSPH

Professor of Medicine
Section Chief of Preventive Cardiology
Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Vera Bittner

A recognized leader in the field of preventive cardiology, Vera Bittner, MD, MSPH has helped create an environment for and provides guidance to future preventive cardiologists at UAB. Dr. Bittner attended medical school at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universit√§t in Frankfurt, Germany, and went on to receive her MD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1981. She completed her residency in internal medicine at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem in 1984 and her cardiology fellowship at the UAB in 1987. Dr. Bittner is currently a Professor of Medicine and Section Head of Preventive Cardiology.  She is a past president of the National Lipid Association, past chair of the American Heart Association Exercise, Prevention and Rehabilitation Committee and currently chairs the Prevention Committee of the American College of Cardiology.


Contact Information

310 Lyons-Harrison Research Building
701 19th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0007

Email Address:  
Office Phone: (205) 934-7336
Office Fax: (205) 975-6237


Office Assistant

Linda Barber
Email Address:
Office Phone: (205) 934-7336
Office Fax: (205) 975-6237



Cardiology Fellowship
University of Alabama at Birmingham (1984-1987)

Internal Medicine Residency
Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem (1982-1984)

Master of Science (Epidemiology)
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health

Medical Degree
University of South Alabama College of Medicine (1981)

Professional Appointments

Professor of Nursing
University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001)

Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham (2000)

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham (1993-2000)

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham (1987-1993)

Board Certifications

Diplomat, American Board of Clinical Lipidology (2005)
Nuclear Cardiology (2001)
American Board of Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Disease (1987)
American Board of Internal Medicine (1984)

Society Memberships

Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Fellow, American Heart Association
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow, National Lipid Association

Editorial Board Memberships

American Heart Journal
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Journal of Clinical Lipidology


Clinical Interests

Acute coronary care
Cardiac rehabilitation
Coronary heart disease in women
Lipid management
Nuclear cardiac imaging
Preventive cardiology


Preventive Cardiology Fellowship Program

Dr. Bittner was the Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program from 1998 to 2011 and continues to serve on the Education Committee for the Division of Cardiovascular Disease.


100 Questions & Answers About Managing Your Cholesterol
Anne C. Goldberg, Vera A. Bittner, and the National Lipid Association (Author)
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.; 1 edition; August 15, 2011
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Research Interests

Secondary prevention of coronary heart disease
Lipid-lowering therapy
Cardiac rehabilitation
Coronary heart disease in women

UAB Center

Center for Aging
Center for Cardiovascular Biology
Center for Exercise Medicine
Center for Health Promotion
Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Selected  Journal


Arena R, Williams M, Forman DE, Cahalin LP, Coke L, Myers J, Hamm L, Kris-Etherton P, Humphrey R, Bittner V, Lavie CJ; on behalf of the American Heart Association Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. Increasing Referral and Participation Rates to Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Valuable Role of Healthcare Professionals in the Inpatient and Home Health Settings: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012 Jan 30
PMID: 22291128

Balady GJ, Ades PA, Bittner VA, Franklin BA, Gordon NF, Thomas RJ, Tomaselli GF, Yancy CW; American Heart Association Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee. Referral, enrollment, and delivery of cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention programs at clinical centers and beyond: a presidential advisory from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011 Dec 20;124(25):2951-60. Epub 2011 Nov 14. No abstract available.
PMID: 22082676

Vaidya D, Becker DM, Bittner V, Mathias RA, Ouyang P. Ageing, menopause, and ischaemic heart disease mortality in England, Wales, and the United States: modelling study of national mortality data. BMJ. 2011 Sep 6;343:d5170. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5170.
PMID: 21896608

Davidson MH, Ballantyne CM, Jacobson TA, Bittner VA, Braun LT, Brown AS, Brown WV, Cromwell WC, Goldberg RB, McKenney JM, Remaley AT, Sniderman AD, Toth PP, Tsimikas S, Ziajka PE, Maki KC, Dicklin MR. Clinical utility of inflammatory markers and advanced lipoprotein testing: advice from an expert panel of lipid specialists. J Clin Lipidol. 2011 Sep;5(5):338-67. doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2011.07.005.
PMID: 21981835

Miller M, Stone NJ, Ballantyne C, Bittner V, Criqui MH, Ginsberg HN, Goldberg AC, Howard WJ, Jacobson MS, Kris-Etherton PM, Lennie TA, Levi M, Mazzone T, Pennathur S; American Heart Association Clinical Lipidology, Thrombosis, and Prevention Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular Nursing; Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease. Triglycerides and cardiovascular disease: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
Circulation. 2011 May 24;123(20):2292-333. Epub 2011 Apr 18.
PMID: 21502576

Vera Bittner, MD