William R. Slater, MD

About Me

I practice and teach general cardiology, with particular expertise in cardiac arrhythmia management. I specialize in providing second opinions to patients with heart rhythm problems, as well as to those with coronary or valvular heart disease. 

In our practice, we recognize that compassionate care is at the core of healing, so we always try to integrate physical and emotional wellbeing. Toward this goal, I partner with our nurse, Barbara Guerra, who is trained in cardiology, as well as in integrative healing.

My time is also spent helping to educate young physicians. This is an enormously rewarding part of my life. I served as Chief of the Medical Service at NYU Hospitals Center, and I currently lead the cardiac consultation service at Bellevue Hospital; these are our main teaching venues. I have been honored with the Teacher of the Year Award from NYU Langone’s Department of Medicine three times, as well as the Teacher of the Year Award from the Division of Cardiology three times. 

I have received the Alpha Omega Alpha Award in recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service as a clinical faculty member. I was proud to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, elected by the 2005 graduating class of NYU School of Medicine as the faculty member who most displayed medical humanism, compassion, and respect in the practice of medicine.

In 2007, I received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching honor NYU bestows. This University-wide honor recognizes gifted teachers across all undergraduate and professional schools in the university. Recently, the NYU School of Medicine class of 2013 nominated me for—and I received—the Distinguished Teaching Award in the Basic Sciences.

I am honored that my peers have recognized me as well. I have been included in Castle Connolly’s “America's Top Doctors” annually since 2002, in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” list seven times since 2006, and annually in The New York Times’ “Super Docs” feature. U.S. News & World Report has recognized me as one of “America’s Best Doctors.”

I have authored numerous articles about clinical cardiology and book chapters on managing cardiovascular disease, and I serve as a reviewer for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. My wife, Ronnie, is also a physician and medical educator, and I have two daughters, Emily and Alissa.

Conditions and Treatments

abnormal heart rhythms, arteriosclerosis, electrophysiology, heart attack, heart imaging, heart valve diseases, nuclear medicine imaging procedure, cardiac disease in pregnancy, carotid artery disease, aortic valve stenosis, inflammation of the heart valve, heart muscle disease, renal artery stenosis, chest pain, coronary heart disease, carotid stenosis, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure disorder, mitral valve disease, rapid heartbeat, aortic valve disease, heart murmur, pulmonary hypertension, mitral valve stenosis, lipid disorders, obesity, myocardial disease, ventricular tachycardia (V-tach), heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, heart throbbing, dilated cardiomyopathy, ventricular fibrillation, atrioventricular septal defect, atherosclerosis, arterial occlusive disease, endothelial dysfunction, myocarditis, atrial septal defect (ASD), atrial fibrillation, fainting, chronic venous insufficiency, mitral regurgitation (MR), claudication, ventricular arrhythmia, high cholesterol level, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), slow heartbeat, ventricular septal defect (VSD), heart tumor, aortic valve insufficiency, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), cerebrovascular disorder, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, sarcoidosis, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart disease, metabolic syndrome, lipid metabolism, vascular disease occlusive, ischemic cardiomyopathy, angina, renovascular, acute coronary syndrome, mitral valve prolapse (MVP)
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  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Co-Dir Cardiology Consult Svc
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease), 1985
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 1981
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cardiology, 1986
  • Fellowship, Brigham And Women'S Hospital, Cardiology, 1985
  • Fellowship, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cardiology, 1984
  • Residency, New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Internal Medicine, 1982
  • Residency, NYU Medical Center, Medicine, 1981
  • MD from Harvard Medical School, 1978

Locations and Appointments

38 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • HIP Essential
  • HIP Medicaid
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Healthfirst
  • Healthfirst Essential
  • Humana Medicare
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Medicare
  • UPN Elite
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • WellCare Child Health
  • WellCare Family Health
  • WellCare Medicaid
  • WellCare Medicare
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU Cardiology Associates

530 1st Avenue, Skirball 9U
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-263-7463

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My Research

William Slater, M.D.'s major clinical research interests are coronary artery disease, arrhythmia and evaluating novel antiarrhythmic agents. He is board certified in cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. Slater's prior experience includes evaluation of a novel anti-oxidant in preventing cardiomyopathy. His current clinical trials include evaluation of a novel therapeutic in conversion of atrial fibrillation and a study of a therapeutic in treating diabetic cardiomyopathy.


  • Electrophysiologic similarities of overdose between digoxin and bufadienolides found in a Chinese aphrodisiac

    Bressman, Maxwell; Repplinger, Daniel; Slater, William; Patt, Mitchell
    Journal of arrhythmia. 2016.

  • Electrocardiographic features of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

    Chyou, Janice Y; Friedman, Daniel; Cerrone, Marina; Slater, William; Guo, Yu; Taupin, Daniel; O'Rourke, Sean; Priori, Silvia G; Devinsky, Orrin
    Epilepsia. 2016 May 24. 57 (7): e135-e139

  • Transient right bundle branch block: A rare manifestation in cardiac contusion

    Subramanyam, P; Devanabanda, A R; Slater, W R; Vorsanger, M
    Journal of cardiology cases. 2016 April 01, 2016. 13 (4): 121-124

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