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Personal Statement

The Perkin Heart Failure Center specializes in advanced systolic and diastolic heart failure, left ventricular assist device implantation, evaluation for cardiac transplantation, valvular disease and evaluation and treatment of pulmonary hypertension. We are committed to providing individualized patient care with a multi-disciplinary approach. As an academic cardiologist, researcher and educator my goal is to deliver the best possible care to our patients and to provide them with access to the most innovative therapeutics.

Biographical Info

Dr. Karas was raised in Wilmington, DE and received her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 2006.  Thereafter, she stayed in New York and completed training in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical Center. During her residency and fellowship, she performed clinical research in the areas of stroke, echocardiography, and heart failure. Dr. Karas was awarded the American College of Cardiology Foundation/Merck Research Fellowship in 2012.  She has published several abstracts and papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research findings at national meetings.   In 2013 she joined Weill Cornell Medicine as a full-time faculty member of the Perkin Heart Failure Center with clinical interest in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Karas currently serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and leads the NYP/Weill Cornell Cardiogenic Shock Team.   

Honors and Awards

American College of Cardiology Foundation / Merck Research Fellowship Award (2012)


American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence (2010)

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease)
Clinical Expertise
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
Heart Valve Disease
Heart Failure
Pulmonary Hypertension
Cardiovascular Critical Care
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction
Cardiogenic Shock
Heart Transplantation
  • M.D.
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Attending Physician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A with Cardiologist Dr. Maria Karas

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