Barry E Hurwitz


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Dr. Barry Hurwitz is a Professor of Psychology, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Behavioral Medicine Laboratory (CARDIA-BMED), and Associate Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at the University of Miami. Much of his research has been focused on examining the biobehavioral basis of the accelerated cardiovascular and diabetic disease pathophysiology observed in various at-risk groups (obesity, heart attack, hypertension, heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, and HIV/AIDS).


1984Ph.D. Physiological Psychology, , University of Florida
1980M.S. Psychophysiology, , Ohio University
1978B.S. Psychology & Zoology, , University of Toronto

Professional Experience

2000 - Professor, University of Miami
1995 - Associate Professor, University of Miami
1993 - Assistant Professor, University of Miami
1989 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Miami


Persons with cardiovascular and Type 2 diabetes disease are usually diagnosed once they are far along in the process when structural and functional changes have occurred in the heart, blood vessels and pancreas. Our research is directed to learn more about how behavioral (e.g., stress, anxiety, hostility, depression, vitality, sleep, diet and nutrition) and biological (e.g., inflammation, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and central adiposity) factors drive disease pathophysiology early in the disease process, so that more effective prevention of disease progression may be implemented. We have used cardiometabolic, autonomic and immune data to model biobehavioral pathophysiological processes and evaluate risk for future disease. In addition, we have implemented echocardiographic and other noninvasive methods to evaluate cardiac structure and function, and assess arterial compliance and vascular endothelial function in persons with or at risk for cardiometabolic disease. More recently, we are examining the efficacy of stem cell transplantation on cardiovascular structure and function in Type 2 diabetes and heart failure patients. In addition, we have continued to explore early biobehavioral disease mechanisms and the influences of sociocultural and psychological factors in health diversity among Hispanic/Latino men and women.


Garcia K.A., Wohlgemuth W.K., Ferrannini E., Mari A., Gonzalez A., Mendez A.J., Bizzotto R., Skyler J.S., Schneiderman N., Hurwitz B.E. Sleep Disordered Breathing, Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, and the Adaptation of Postprandial Metabolic Function in Nondiabetic Insulin Sensitive and Resistant Individuals.Physiology and Behavior. 2018 Jul 1;191:123-130. PMID: 29655763

Premer C., Blum A., Bellio M., Schulman I., Hurwitz B.E., Parker M., Dermarkarian C., DiFede D., Balkan W., Hare J. (2015). Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells Restore Endothelial Function in Heart Failure by Stimulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells. EBioMedicine. Mar 28;2(5):467-75. PMID: 26137590