Michael Ghalchi, MD, FACC, our medical director, is known for his commitment to both the scientific and humanistic aspects of health care. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Board-certified in cardiovascular disease, he is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Ghalchi founded Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates in 2010 and has grown it into one of the top cardiology practices in New York City, offering a true integration of physical health and mental health that most practices haven’t achieved yet. Applying the latest evidence-based treatments for cardiovascular disease, he and his team help patients achieve their goals through a collaborative, personalized focus on education and prevention.
Throughout the process of gathering diagnostic data from in-house testing, going over the results and images with the patient, and developing a concrete treatment plan, Dr. Ghalchi is constantly working to create greater value for his patients. Diagnostic tests, for example, offer a lot more information than most practitioners take advantage of. Such tests can be exponentially more useful than a mere “normal” or “abnormal” result. Using the latest technology, Dr. Ghalchi puts in the effort to capture and understand the rich insight that’s buried in testing and use it to actually improve people’s health.
Dr. Ghalchi is on the teaching faculty of the NYU School of Medicine, where he also supervises residents and cardiology fellows. As an active clinical researcher, he is currently developing a data-driven algorithm to prevent strokes in at-risk patients, as well as spearheading a project to better quantify cardiovascular risk using ultrasound protocols. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Ghalchi is especially proud of his appointment as an Honorary Police Surgeon for the New York City Police Department, where he acts as an expert consultant to support and improve the cardiovascular health of NYPD officers, officials, and their families. He serves as a judge for the annual New York City Science and Engineering Fair and also mentors local high school participants.
He is the medical advisor for Simply Speak, a company that leverages machine learning to document virtual appointments, both reducing physician burnout and improving patient outcomes. He also serves on the advisory board of Off The Scale, a community-based platform designed to slow or reverse the progression of chronic diseases through support programs in nutrition, behavior, and fitness.