Arthur Agatston


Arthur Agatston (born January 22, 1947) is an American cardiologist and celebrity doctor best known as the developer of the South Beach Diet, but also as the author of many published scholarly papers in the field of noninvasive cardiac diagnostics. His scientific research led to the Agatston score for measuring coronary artery calcium.[1][2]


Agatston earned an MD at New York University School of Medicine in 1973,[3] studied internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his cardiology fellowship at NYU.[1]


Agatston started his medical career on staff at New York University Medical Center. After a year, he took a position at the Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida, where he later became director of the non-invasive cardiac lab. He currently serves as the medical director, wellness & prevention at Baptist Health South Florida and practices at South Beach Preventive Cardiology.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Arthur Agatston, MD". Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  2. ^ Bijlefeld M, Zoumbaris SK (2014). Celebrity Doctors. Encyclopedia of Diet Fads: Understanding Science and Society (2nd ed.). ABC-CLIO. pp. 127–128. ISBN 978-1-61069-760-6.
  3. ^ NYU Medical Center Office of Public Affairs (2007-05-15). "The Accidental Diet Doctor" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 9, 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-20.

External linksEdit

  • WebMD biography
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • South Beach Diet biography
  • Time magazine interview
  • PBS Frontline interview