Matthew M. Burg, Ph.D.

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Contact Information: 

622 W. 168th Street
PH 9 Room 312
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-342-1273


Post-Doc, Cardiovascular Behavioral Med (1986), Duke University Medical School
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (1986), West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
M.A., Applied Behavioral Analysis (1979), Drake University, Des Moines, IA
B.A., Psychology (1974), SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY


Dr. Matthew M. Burg's research has a particular focus on episodes of cognitive and emotional stress, social conflict and support and concurrent emotional state, and related, important environmentally based experiences that we have previously found to increase risk for incident cardiovascular disease, transient and risk related myocardial ischemia, and risk for ventricular and atrial arrhythmias. As a member of the faculty at Yale and Columbia University Schools of Medicine, his more than 20 year program of translational research has been and continues to focus on the environmental factors and pathophysiological processes that link stress and emotional factors to incident CVD, with a particular focus on myocardial ischemia and cardiac arrhythmia. He has published work on the identification of stimuli and social factors in the natural environment as triggers of ischemia and arrhythmia, and the role of emotional factors as vulnerability markers for these phenomena. He has also published on the role of anger in the provocation of arrhythmias that require shock for termination among patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and the pathophysiology underlying this risk.
Selected Publications

  1. Abisse SS, Lampert R, Burg M, Soufer R, Shusterman V. Cardiac repolarization instability during psychological stress in patients with ventricular arrhythmias. J Electrocardiol 2011;44:678-83.
  2. Burg MM, Rieckmann N, Clemow L, Medina V, Schwartz J, Davidson KW. Treatment preferences among depressed patients after acute coronary syndrome: The COPES observational cohort. Psychother Psychosom 2011;80:380-382.
  3. Shaffer JA, Edmondson D, Chaplin WF, PhD; Schwartz JE, Shimbo D, Burg MM, Rieckmann N, Davidson KW. Directionality of the relationship between depressive symptom dimensions and C-reactive protein in patients with acute coronary syndromes. Psychosom Med 2011;73:370-7.
  4. Burg MM, Soufer A, Lampert R, Collins D, Soufer R. Autonomic contribution to endothelin-1 increase during laboratory anger-recall stress in patients with coronary artery disease. Mol Med 2011;17:495-501.
  5. Rieckmann N, Burg MM, Kronish IM, Chaplin WF, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW. Aspirin adherence, depression and 1-year prognosis after acute coronary syndrome. Psychother Psychosom 2011;80:316-318.
  6. Burg MM, Martens EJ, Collins D, Soufer R. Depression predicts elevated endothelin-1 in patients with coronary artery disease.  Psychosom Med 2011;73 2-6.
  7. Kronish IM, Rieckmann N, Shimbo D, Burg MM, Davidson KW. Aspirin adherence, aspirin dosage, and C-reactive protein in the first 3 months after acute coronary syndrome. Am J Cardiol 2010;106:1090-4.
  8. Donahue RG, Lampert R, Dornelas E, Clemow L, Burg MM. Rationale and design of a randomized clinical trial comparing stress reduction treatment to usual cardiac care: the Reducing Vulnerability to ICD Shock-Treated Ventricular Arrhythmias (RISTA) trial. Psychosom Med 2010;72 172-7.
  9. Burg MM, Graeber B, Vashist A, Collins D, Earley C, Liu J, Lampert R, Soufer R. Non-Invasive Detection of Risk for Emotion Provoked Myocardial Ischemia. Psychosom Med 2009;71:14-20.
  10. Lampert R, Shusterman V, Burg M, McPherson C, Batsford W, Goldberg A, Soufer R. Anger-induced T-wave alternans predicts future ventricular arrhythmias in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009;53:774-8.
  11. Burg MM, Lampert R, Joska T, Batsford W, Jain D. Psychological traits and emotion-triggering of ICD shock-terminated arrhythmias. Psychosomatic Med 2004;66:898-902.