Jared W. Magnani, MD, MSc

  • Associate Professor of Cardiology

Jared W. Magnani, MD, MSc, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology. His research focuses on social determinants of health and cardiovascular disease and outcomes. He is PI on two NHLBI-funded projects that implement a smartphone-based relational agent to improve health care utilization and medication adherence in underserved patients with atrial fibrillation. He is conducting this study in urban and rural settings with the aim of improving patient-centered outcomes in vulnerable patients with limited social resources and health literacy. His team has plans to expand these activities to heart failure and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. He has also led investigations here at Pitt to combine the electronic health record to examine social determinants of cardiovascular diseases. These investigations leverage the extensive geography of UPMC and community-level data. Dr. Magnani chaired the American Heart Association (AHA) statement on health literacy and cardiovascular disease and serves on the AHA Social Determinants and Cardiovascular health Committee.

Dr. Magnani is on Twitter: follow him at @jared_w_magnani. Outside of work, he enjoys family time, traveling, cooking, and running.

Education & Training

  • AB (Literature, History), Columbia University, 1991
  • MD (Medicine), Stanford University School of Medicine, 2002
  • MSc (Epidemiology), Boston University School of Public Health, 2012

Representative Publications

LaRosa AR, Pusateri AM, Althouse AD, Mathier AS, Essien UR, Magnani JW. Mind the gap: deficits in fundamental disease-specific knowledge in atrial fibrillation. International Journal of Cardiology. 2019;292:272-276.

This article identifies and quantifies discordant knowledge gaps and health literacy challenges between patients and their physicians in anticoagulation. 

Ayyaswami V, Padmanabhan DL, Crihalmeanu T, Thelmo F, Prabhu AV, Magnani JW. Mobile health applications for atrial fibrillation: a readability and quality assessment. International Journal of Cardiology. 2019; pii: S0167-5273(19)33276-0.

This project analyzed scientific validity and readability of mobile health applications for the cardiovascular disease atrial fibrillation.

Magnani JW, Mujahid MS, Aronow HD, Cené CW, Dickson VV, Havranek E, Morgenstern LB, Paasche-Orlow MK, Pollak A, Willey JZ; American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease; Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research; and Stroke Council. Health literacy and cardiovascular disease: fundamental relevance to primary and secondary prevention: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018;138(2): e48-e74.

This is the American Heart Association’s scientific statement on health literacy and its relevance and importance to cardiovascular health.

Magnani JW, Norby F, Agarwal S, Soliman ES, Chen LY, Loehr L, Alonso A. Racial differences in atrial fibrillation-related cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. JAMA Cardiology. 2016;1(4):433-41.

This landmark study identified critical disparities in outcomes in individuals with atrial fibrillation.

Click here for a more complete bibliography of Dr. Magnani’s works.

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Health literacy
  • Mobile health