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, ischemic cardiomyopathy, lipid disorders, mitral valve prolapse (MVP), angina, endothelial dysfunction, pulmonary hypertension, claudication, high cholesterol level, heart tumor, mitral valve stenosis, atherosclerosis, heart murmur, ventricular septal defect (VSD), lipid metabolism, ventricular tachycardia (V-tach), cardiac disease in pregnancy, sarcoidosis, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), ventricular arrhythmia, arterial occlusive disease, cerebrovascular disorder, chronic venous insufficiency, dilated cardiomyopathy, rapid heartbeat, vascular disease occlusive, obesity, chest pain, myocardial disease, mitral valve disease, heart failure, aortic valve disease, mitral regurgitation (MR), fainting, inflammation of the heart valve, congestive heart failure (CHF), atrioventricular septal defect, heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, rheumatic heart disease, atrial fibrillation, myocarditis, high blood pressure disorder, aortic valve insufficiency, renal artery stenosis, heart throbbing, atrial septal defect (ASD), metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, carotid stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arteriosclerosis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, ventricular fibrillation, renovascular, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), heart muscle disease, aortic valve stenosis, slow heartbeat
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  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Co-Dir Cardiology Consult Svc

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine

Education and Training

  • 1986
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cardiology
  • 1985
  • Fellowship, Brigham And Women'S Hospital, Cardiology
  • 1984
  • Fellowship, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cardiology
  • 1982
  • Residency, New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Internal Medicine
  • 1981
  • Residency, NYU Medical Center, Medicine
  • 1978
  • MD from Harvard Medical School


Locations and Appointments

34 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 Healthy NY
  • 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 Medicaid
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Humana Medicare
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • 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

Cardiac Electrophysiology

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.


  • Facilitating the transition from physiology to hospital wards through an interdisciplinary case study of septic shock

    Li, Albert S; Berger, Kenneth I; Schwartz, David R; Slater, William R; Goldfarb, David S 2014; 78-78, BMC medical education — id: 917892, year: 2014, page: 78, stat: Journal Article
  • Electrocardiographic predictors of adverse cardiovascular events in suspected poisoning

    Manini, Alex F; Nelson, Lewis S; Skolnick, Adam H; Slater, William; Hoffman, Robert S 2010 Jun; 106-115, Journal of medical toxicology — id: 138121, year: 2010, page: 106
  • Hypersensitivity myocarditis associated with azithromycin exposure

    Pursnani, Amit; Yee, Herman; Slater, William; Sarswat, Nitasha 2009 Feb 3; 225-226, Annals of internal medicine — id: 114157, year: 2009, page: 225, stat: Case Reports; Letter
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