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Medical Director

Alexandra LanskyAlexandra J. Lansky, MD
Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, NY
Dr. Alexandra J. Lansky is a practicing clinical cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center in New York City. She has been the Director of the Women’s Heart Health Initiative at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation since 1994, where she is also Joint Chief Scientific Officer for the Clinical Trials Center. Dr. Lansky has long been a leader in the field of women’s cardiovascular health, and has published over 100 research papers and book chapters on heart disease in women, including as the lead author on the American Heart Association Scientific Statement on angioplasty and stenting in women.

In addition to her work in women's health, Dr. Lansky is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She is a member of a number of distinguished national organizations, including the American College of Cardiology and the National Lipid Education Council.

Dr. Lansky is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and received her training in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Editor-in-Chief, Heart Failure

Eileen HsichEileen Hsich, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Eileen Hsich is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her cardiology fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Hsich did cardiovascular basic science research at the National Institutes of Health and the Tufts-New England Medical Center where she received the National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows. She was appointed to The Cleveland Clinic in 2004 after completing her clinical training in heart failure and heart transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hsich is currently the Director of the Women’s Heart Failure Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic and created one of the first educational websites for women with heart failure. She is the recipient of a four-year American Heart Association grant to study sex-specific survival in heart failure patients with systolic left ventricular dysfunction who have undergone metabolic stress testing during an evaluation for heart transplantation. After noticing a lack of research in the field, Dr. Hsich teamed with Dr. Ileana Piña to form a national think tank with the goal of stimulating multi-center cardiovascular research for women.

 

Medical Advisory Board


Portrait PhotographSusan K. Bennett, MD
George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C
Susan K. Bennett, MD, is Clinical Director of the George Washington University Hospital Women's Heart Program in Washington, DC. She earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed both her internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She went on to complete fellowships in cardiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland Medical System. In 1997, she joined Cardiology Associates, PC and is Director of Clinical Research. Dr. Bennett is also a medical advisor for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and serves as medical spokesperson for the Heart Truth Campaign, a newly launched public education campaign sponsored by the NHLBI in partnership with WomenHeart and the American Heart Association. Dr. Bennett is also President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Area American Heart Association.


Portrait PhotographKathy Berra, MSN, ANP, FAAN
Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Palo Alto, CA
Kathy Berra, MSN, ANP, received her Master's Degree in Nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of San Francisco. Her practice area has emphasized the rehabilitation of people with coronary artery disease. She co-founded a community-based program for cardiac rehabilitation that has become a model for similar programs nationwide. In 1994, she joined the staff at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention as clinical trial director for the HERS Study (Heart and Estrogen- progestin Replacement Study). She also serves as a nurse practitioner with Cardiovascular Medicine and Coronary Interventions. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association, the National AHA Council for Cardiovascular Nursing, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation from 1995-2000 and co-authored Heart Attack: Advice for Patients by Patients. In 2001, WomenHeart, where she is currently co-chair of the scientific advisory committee, awarded Kathy the "Wenger Award" for clinical contributions to women's health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Portrait PhotographLynne Perry-Bottinger, MD, FACC
Columbia University, Cornell University, New York, NY
Lynne Perry-Bottinger, MD, is assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University and Cornell University. She received her medical degree from Yale Medical School. She was resident and chief medical resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and did her cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She is a board-certified clinical and interventional cardiologist and owner of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology PLLC. She was listed as one of the top black doctors in the New York tri-state area by the Network Journal in 2002 and 2003 and named one of the top doctors in the New York metro area by Castle Connolly in 2003. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a board member of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Heart Center Online, and the American Heart Association-Northeast Affiliate, and guest medical expert for the NBC "Today" show and Black Entertainment Television. In addition, she was listed by New York magazine in June 2003 as one of New York's top doctors.


BurkhoffDaniel Burkhoff, MD, PhD
Columbia University Medical School, New York, NY
Daniel Burkhoff, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree and PhD from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His training in internal medicine was completed at the Bayview Campus of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as his fellowship training in cardiology. Dr. Burkhoff then moved to Columbia University in New York City where he served as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and as an Associate Attending Physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital until 2003. Dr. Burkhoff is Medical Director of IMPULSE Dynamics, a startup company investigating a device-based therapy for chronic heart failure, and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical School. He is the author of many original articles, invited reviews, and book chapters on cardiology, and serves as a reviewer for multiple cardiology journals. His research interests include basic and clinical work in ventricular mechanics, cardiovascular physiology, coronary circulation, heart failure, and left ventricular assist devices.


Portrait PhotographPamela S. Douglas, MD, FACC, FACSM, FAHA
Duke University Medical Center, NC
Pamela S. Douglas, MD, is Cardiology Division Chief and Ursula Geller Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases at Duke University Medical Center, and Director of Cardiovascular Research Strategy at Duke Clinical Research Institute. She graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and received both her internal medicine and cardiology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She later served as the Research Director of Harvard University's Center of Excellence in Women's Health. At the University of Wisconsin, she was a Professor of Medicine and the first Dr. Herman and Ailene Tuchman Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, where she also served as Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center. An experienced clinical researcher with over 160 original publications, 50 chapters and editorials, 3 books, and numerous visiting professorships in the US and abroad, Dr. Douglas has helped set the nation's research and clinical agendas in the area of women's health, and her educational and investigative efforts have contributed to ongoing changes in the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced. Dr. Douglas is also President of the American College of Cardiology, President of the American Society of Echocardiography, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine.


Portrait PhotographMercedes Dullum, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL
Mercedes Dullum is a cardiothoracic surgeon with Cleveland Clinic Florida. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, did her general surgery residency at University of Mississippi, and her cardiothoracic surgery residency at George Washington University Medical Center. She is currently the President of Women in Thoracic Surgery and co-editor of the CTSNet website. From the beginning of her career, she has been an avid advocate of women's health and the management of heart disease in women, and has participated in numerous community outreach and physician lectures. Recognizing the importance of beating heart surgery, she has been a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive beating heart surgery including MIDCAB and Xiphoid surgery. She conducts lectures and training, and has published numerous papers on these procedures. She is actively involved in the surgical treatment of heart failure and atrial fibrillation, serving as a principal investigator in several studies in these fields.


Portrait PhotographSharonne N. Hayes, MD, FACC, FASE
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, is Director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic, which she developed to meet the unique needs of women at risk for or with cardiovascular disease. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Hayes completed her medical education at Northwestern University and had fellowships in internal medicine, cardiovascular research, and cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic. She is a nationally recognized educator and speaker on women's cardiovascular issues, preventive cardiology, and echocardiography. Dr. Hayes is Associate Director of CardioVision 2020, a community health initiative whose goal is to improve the heart health of all Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents and was President of the American Heart Association, Olmsted Division. She now chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and the Women's Health Advisory Group of the American Society of Echocardiography, in addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.


Portrait PhotographSuzanne Haynes, PhD
Office on Women's Health, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Suzanne Haynes, PhD, serves as Assistant Director for Science in the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, she coordinates science initiatives for the Office. For the 8 years prior to her appointment, she was Chief of the Health Education Section of the National Cancer Institute, where she launched several community breast cancer screening programs, physician early detection intervention programs, and dietary change and skin cancer prevention programs. Trained as an epidemiologist, she has published 70 articles on women's health, including papers on women and heart disease, cholesterol levels, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and breast cancer screening. She has edited the book, How to Increase Breast Cancer Screening in Your Community. She has contributed to the work of the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer, the Canada-USA Women's Health Forum, the Federal Women's Health and the Environment Interagency Committee, and other women's health initiatives of the OWH.


Portrait PhotographJudith S. Hochman, MD
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Judith S. Hochman, MD, is the Clinical Chief of Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular Clinical Research, as well as Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. She was awarded her MD from Harvard Medical School and was a resident at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. She then served as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and was a Cardiology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Over the past decade, she has focused on clinical trial research and continues to study acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina with a particular interest in gender differences. Dr. Hochman is an internationally recognized expert on cardiogenic shock and was the Study Chair and Principal Investigator of the NHLBI-funded SHOCK trial. In addition to authoring numerous articles and cardiology textbook chapters, she serves on committees of the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology, including the writing committees for the Acute MI and Unstable Angina Guidelines and a number of advisory boards. She is also the chair of the Women's Health Initiative Working Group of the NHLBI Council.


Portrait PhotographAlice K. Jacobs, MD, FACC
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Alice K. Jacobs, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology at Boston Medical Center, and a recent past-President of the American Heart Association (AHA). She serves as chair of the Professional Education Committee, the Council on Clinical Cardiology Program Committee, and she is also a member of the Science Advisory Coordinating Committee and the current President of the Northeast Affiliate of the AHA. In addition, Dr. Jacobs is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). She has been a member of several ACC writing groups establishing training criteria in interventional cardiology, assessing and maintaining competence in interventional cardiology, and updating guidelines for the performance of percutaneous coronary intervention. Dr. Jacobs is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Interventional Cardiology Test Committee and the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Her major research activities are in the area of invasive cardiology and coronary revascularization with a particular interest in gender differences in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.


Dr. Jaff PortraitMichael R. Jaff, DO, FACP, FACC
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Dr. Jaff currently serves as Vascular Medicine Specialist and Medical Director of the Vascular Center and the Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is a past-president of the Society for Vascular Medicine. He serves as President elect of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. In addition, Dr. Jaff is the director of the Vascular Ultrasound Core Laboratory, one of the largest vascular ultrasound clincial research laboratories in the world. Dr. Jaff represents the cardiovascular medical community on the American College of Radiology Expert Consensus Panel on Cardiovascular Imaging, and is a member of the editorial board for several journals including Vascular Medicine, Angiology, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, and the Journal of Endovascular Therapy. Dr. Jaff received his B.S. in biology at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, and his doctorate of osteopathic medicine at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO. After completing his residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Jaff was selected as chief medical resident. Dr. Jaff then completed a fellowship in vascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.


Portrait PhotographRoxana Mehran, MD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Roxana Mehran, MD, is the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's Clinical Research and Data Coordinating Center, and a practicing interventional cardiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Mehran was an interventional cardiologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University. She completed a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology and was an Instructor in Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School in New York City. In addition, she has been a postdoctoral Fellow at the Brookdale Center for Molecular Biology of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Mehran has participated in multiple cardiovascular studies and has authored many manuscripts concerning the prognosis and treatment of restenosis related to angioplasty and stent placement. In addition, she is currently the principal investigator of a number of multicenter trials.


Portrait PhotographJennifer H. Mieres, MD, FACC, FACP
North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY
Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, is the Director of Nuclear Cardiology at North Shore University Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, she is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology. As Chair of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology's Task Force on Women and Coronary Artery Disease, Dr. Mieres supports women-specific, heart-healthy initiatives and is routinely called upon by the media to comment on women's heart health. In 2002, she received the New York State Governor's award for excellence and the Women Achievers Against the Odds Award from the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. Dr. Mieres served as a producer of the PBS documentary "A Woman's Heart," which was nominated for an Emmy for best documentary in the Health Science category at the 46th Annual New York Emmy Awards. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island region of the American Heart Association and the American Heart Association Heritage Affiliate, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.


Portrait PhotographGary S. Mintz, MD
Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, NY
Gary S. Mintz, MD, is Director of Publications & Editorial Services at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and serves as Medical Director and Editor-in-Chief of TCTMD.com. He completed medical school, internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at Hahnemann Medical College and Hahnemann University Hospital. His responsibilities at Hahnemann University included Director of the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, Director of the Coronary Care Unit, Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program, senior attending physician, and senior interventional cardiologist. Previously, Dr. Mintz served as the Director of the Coronary Ultrasound Program and the Cardiovascular Training and Education Center at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of intravascular ultrasound.


Portrait PhotographGishel New, MD, PhD
Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Gishel New, MD, PhD, is Director of Cardiology at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where she has established an interventional cardiology service specializing in acute infarct angioplasty and carotid stenting and expanded the Clinical Research department. She pursued her research interests in women and cardiovascular disease and received her PhD with a thesis centered around the effects of estrogen on the endothelium and lipoproteins. She completed a 2-year fellowship in interventional cardiology and peripheral angioplasty in the US, and served as Director of Clinical Research at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York. Dr. New has a long history of teaching, has published over 40 manuscripts, and presented over 80 abstracts at national and international meetings in the field of women and heart disease, carotid stenting, and interventional cardiology.


Vivian Ng PortraitVivian G. Ng, MD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Vivian G. Ng, MD is an internal medicine resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. Currently, she is performing research with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and is pursuing a career in cardiology. Dr. Ng earned her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has a strong interest in research and was awarded the New York Academy of Medicine’s Glorney Raisbeck Medical Student Grant in Cardiovascular Research in 2006. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Biological Sciences and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society.


Portrait PhotographCaroline R. Norman, MD
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, LA
Caroline R. Norman, MD, is the CEO and Medical Director of Making a Difference-Heart to Heart, a private consulting group for women's cardiovascular health. She received her medical education at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has a wide range of experience in clinical medicine, including serving as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Mississippi and Section Head of Internal Medicine in Maui, Hawaii, for Kaiser Permanente - the largest managed care organization in the US. Dr. Norman has served as the Medical Director for Women's Health and Clinical Research and Grants at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, a tertiary community hospital. She has been active in cardiovascular risk reduction since starting a global cardiovascular risk reduction clinic in 1995 and the subsequent Women's Heart Program, which employs a holistic approach to the safekeeping and nurturing of a woman's heart.


Portrait PhotographRobert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, is Chairman of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital and Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Phillips simultaneously received both his medical degree and PhD in molecular biology from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and fellowships in cardiology and hypertension at Mount Sinai. Dr. Phillips has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator in over 60 clinical studies that have investigated etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of target end-organ damage related to arterial hypertension, renal failure, insulin resistance, diabetes, gene polymorphisms, and endothelial dysfunction. He has also written extensively on his research and clinical activities with over 100 publications, and is currently the principal investigator on three NIH-funded projects studying: 1) the ability of hand-held computer technology to improve cardiovascular care; 2) the role of computers in improving hospital-based adherence to cardiovascular guidelines; and 3) the cardiovascular outcomes of the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK). Dr. Phillips is the President of the Eastern Regional Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the American Heart Association's Councils on High Blood Pressure Research, and Cardiovascular Sciences. He is also the Associate Editor of the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine, the Section Editor for the Journal of Clinical Hypertension of "Hypertension Management: Differing Points of View," and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Hypertension and the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.


Dr. Ratchford PortraitElizabeth Ratchford, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth Ratchford, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Vascular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her AB from Dartmouth College and her MD from Yale University School of Medicine; her residency training in internal medicine was at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Ratchford started the Vascular Medicine program in the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center in 2003. In 2007, she moved to Hopkins to develop the Johns Hopkins Center for Vascular Medicine. She is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation and a Registered Vascular Technologist, and she is board-certified in Vascular Medicine. She is a fellow of the Society for Vascular Medicine and a member of the Baltimore Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Her clinical practice and her research efforts focus on peripheral arterial disease, and she is the local principal investigator for the NIH/NHLBI-sponsored CLEVER trial ( Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal Revascularization). She has a particular interest in vascular disease in women.


RedbergRita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, FACC
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Rita F. Redberg, MD, is Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and Director of Cardiovascular Women's Services for the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and has a Masters of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics. Her main research interests are noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease and preventive cardiology, as well as health policy. Having a long-standing commitment to women's health, Dr. Redberg received an NIH grant to study the effects of exercise on heart disease in women and has numerous publications in this field. She serves on the editorial board for several journals, reviews manuscripts for many more, has done numerous radio, television, and newspaper interviews on health-related topics, has co-authored several medical textbooks, and has written a children's book, You Can Be a Woman Cardiologist. Dr. Redberg also chairs the Choose to Move Science Advisory Group for the American Heart Association's Heart Disease in Women program, co-chairs the Women's Health Advisory Group for the American Society of Echocardiography and the Communications Committee for the American Heart Association, and started an American Heart Association Committee on Women in Cardiology. In addition, she is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and directs their Extramural Program on Heart Disease in Women.

 

John H. Rundback, MDJohn H. Rundback, MD, FAHA, FSVMB, FSIR
Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ

John H. Rundback, MD, is the Director of the Interventional Insitute at Holy Name Hospital. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and completed his radiology residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and his fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, Network Chair for the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Cooperative Alliance for Interventional Research Clinical Trials, and Program Chairman of the Peripheral Arterial Disease Symposium. Dr. Rundback is currently the principal investigator in several multi-center clinical trials, and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as served on the editorial board of many publications. His primary research activites are in the area of interventional radiology, with a particular interest in renal artery stenosis and carotid stenting.

 

Tatjana RundekTatjana Rundek, MD, PhD
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Dr. Tatjana Rundek is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology of the University of Miami and an Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University in New York City. She is also a director of the Clinical Translational Research Division in Neurology at the University of Miami. Dr. Rundek graduated from The University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she received her medical degree. She received a PhD in neuroscience at the Max-Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, and trained in neurology at the Grossharden Spital in Munich and the University Hospital Sisters of Mercy in Zagreb. She received her neurology and fellowship training in stroke and neuroepidemiology at Columbia University.
Dr. Rundek’s research involves the use of ultrasound in early detection, intervention and prevention of functional and structural changes of arterial wall inflammation, with a special focus on sex, gender and racial differences in atherosclerosis. Dr. Rundek has published extensively on stroke and cardiovascular disease risk, and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals including Stroke, Journal of Cardio Metabolic Syndrome, and Therapy. She was a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of research awards from the Hazel K. Goddess Fund to study the relationship between vascular risk factors and subclinical atherosclerosis and stroke in women. Dr. Rundek is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.


ShawLeslee J. Shaw, PhD
American Cardiovascular Research Institute, Atlanta, GA
Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, is the Director of Outcomes Research at the American Cardiovascular Research Institute. She received her Masters from Michigan State University and her PhD from St. Louis University. An outcomes research scientist with an extensive background in the evaluation of diagnostic test modalities, her particular areas of research interest include test accuracy, risk assessment, prognosis, and clinical outcome evaluation. She has published over 150 publications and presented nearly 200 abstracts in major scientific meetings in the US, Europe, South America, and Australia. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society for Atherosclerotic Imaging. She has authored two books on outcomes assessment and women's health, and serves on several national committees including the outcomes assessment committee for the American College of Cardiology and a women's task force for the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology. She recently co-authored the expert consensus document on electron-beam-computed tomography for the American College of Cardiology.


treat-jacobsonDiane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN
University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Treat-Jacobson is an Associate Professor in the Minnesota School of Nursing, with a clinical focus on patients with peripheral artery disease. Her research is focused on improving outcomes and quality of life measurement in patients with PAD, and increasing patient and caregiver awareness of the disease. She has led several studies evaluating the impact of exercise training on physiologic and functional outcomes in patients with claudication and critical limb ischemia, and is currently conducting a NHLBI-funded study on exercise interventions to improve functional and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with claudication. Dr. Treat-Jacobson received her BSN from Georgetown University, her MS from the University of Maryland, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She is a past President of the Society for Vascular Nursing, a Fellow of the Society for Vascular Medicine, serves on the Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association Council on PVD, and is a Fellow on the AHA council on Cardiovascular Nursing.


Lana TsaoLana Tsao, MD
Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, MA
Dr. Lana Tsao is the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Service at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA. Her areas of expertise include heart failure, cardiac transplantation,and valvular heart disease, with a special interest in heart disease in women. Dr. Tsao received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Additional training included a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, a cardiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and a fellowship in congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Tsao has also served as Director of Clinical Heart Failure Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she helped develop an advanced heart failure clinic. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Tsao has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and at Columbia University, has been the primary investigator for a numerous research studies on heart failure, and is a member of the review board of several major cardiology journals.


Portrait PhotographSara L. Warber, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Sara L. Warber, MD, is the Co-Director of the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center and a Lecturer for UM Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University, and completed her internship and residency with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. In addition, she studied herbalism and spiritual healing for 14 years with a Native American healer. In her current position, Dr. Warber administers one of 12 National Institutes of Health-funded national centers dedicated to research and education in the practice of integrative medicine. With research interests in the use of herbs, energy healing, environmental healing, and the therapeutic relationship, she is an accomplished public speaker and has co-authored two books on such topics. She is on both the Steering Committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and the Board of Directors for the American Board of Holistic Medicine.


Portrait PhotographKarol E. Watson, MD, PhD
University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, and serves as both Co-Director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology and director of the Center for Cholesterol and Hypertension Management. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School, before returning to California to complete a residency in internal medicine at UCLA, where she continued her training in cardiology. While doing so, Dr. Watson earned her PhD in physiology and also served as Chief Fellow in cardiovascular diseases. In 2001, she was featured as one of "America's Top Physicians" by Black Enterprise magazine. Dr. Watson has many publications to her credit in the fields of vascular calcification, lipoprotein metabolism, and angiogenesis. She now serves as Chair of the Cholesterol Committee of the Association of Black Cardiologists, is a representative to the National Cholesterol Education Program's Coordinating Committee, and serves on the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate study section and Young Investigators Committee.


Portrait PhotographBonnie H. Weiner, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI
Worcester Medical Center, Worcester, MA
Bonnie H. Weiner, MD, is the Director of Interventional Cardiology Research at Worcester Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Oregon Medical School and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology. She has held the positions of Director of Interventional Cardiology, Chief of Atherosclerosis Research, and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Weiner was also Director of the Center for Research in Invasive and Interventional Cardiology and Associate Medical Director for the Center of Advanced Clinical Technology at UMMC, as well as being a member of the faculty there, achieving the rank of Professor of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Weiner has participated in numerous studies involving the evaluation of leading edge device technology and has served on numerous clinical trial safety and monitoring committees in the evaluation of such products. She is a Fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Council on Clinical Cardiology.


Portrait PhotographNanette K. Wenger, M.D., FACC, FAHA.
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Nanette K. Wenger, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is Chief of Cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital and a Consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. Coronary heart disease in women is one of Dr. Wenger's major research interests. She chaired the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women and the Expert Committee that produced the International Position Paper on Women's Health and Menopause. In 1999, Dr. Wenger received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Scientific Councils of the American Heart Association, as well as the American Heart Association's Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award. She was presented the James D. Bruce Memorial Award by the American College of Physicians in 2000 for distinguished contributions in preventive medicine. In 2001, the American Heart Association honored her with the R. Bruce Logue Award for Excellence in Medicine. Dr. Wenger has authored or co-authored over 1000 scientific and review articles and book chapters and is listed in The Best Doctors in America. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.


PATIENT ADVISORY BOARD


Lisa M. TateLisa M. Tate
CEO, WomenHeart: The National Coalition of Women With Heart Disease
Lisa has enjoyed a career of more than 25 years in public affairs, healthcare advocacy, and non-profit management. In 2007, she joined WomenHeart as chief executive officer. "I was inspired by WomenHeart's unique mission, committed volunteers and devoted advisors from all corners of the health care community. No one else does what we do for women, and the need is huge," says Lisa. Prior to WomenHeart, Lisa spent 14 years with the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as vice president, public affairs. Under her leadership, NACHRI's public affairs programming received distinctions including a Telcon Award for the Most Outstanding Broadcast for the Public Good and an award of excellence from the American Society of Association Executives for advocacy campaigns. Lisa has also managed public affairs programs for the American Academy of Pediatrics, co-founded and chaired the Coalition for America's Children and currently serves on the board of the Public Affairs Council, the national organization of corporate public affairs executives. She received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and most recently her Certified Assocation Executive certification. Lisa resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Ragnar, and two children, Evan, 13 and Mia, 11.


Portrait PhotographMaxine Beth Shultz Levy
WomenHeart Member

When I was 11 years old, my father died of breast cancer. Yes, men can get breast cancer, although it is very rare. As a result, I spent my adult years focused on the possibility of getting that disease. I knew that many members of my family had died of heart disease, but since they were all smokers and I was not, I assumed that I was not at risk. Even when blood test results showed high levels of total cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol, I was not concerned. On April 10, 1995, just a month after my 41st birthday, I had a heart attack and my whole world turned upside down. Since then, I have recovered both physically and emotionally from that traumatic event. I have learned a great deal, but most importantly I have learned that heart disease is the #1 killer of women - more than all of the cancers combined - and all women must commit themselves to reduce the risk factors that they can control in order to avoid being victims of heart disease.


Portrait PhotographMaria Perez-Arton
WomenHeart Member

As far as I knew, I had no real family history of heart disease. I am the only diabetic in my family and, like many diabetics, I had heard all the warnings about my kidneys, my eyes, and my limbs. No one mentioned the most dangerous thing about diabetes - the high risk of heart disease. One March evening, my husband took me to the emergency room because I was having severe indigestion. Imagine our shock when the pain of indigestion suddenly turned into the pain of a full-blown heart attack! Three days later, I underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Eighteen months after my bypass surgery, I had chest pains again and was rushed to the hospital. I had a new blockage and a stent was implanted into the artery. Then, 8 months later, another new artery blockage required yet another stent. Since then, I have lectured to new medical students to help them understand the many facets of women and heart disease, appeared on several cable television programs discussing women and heart disease, and pitched stories to magazines to get them to write about women and heart disease.


Portrait PhotographSylvia Rackow
WomenHeart Member

Every day I feel blessed to be alive. I've had a number of negative health experiences including a heart attack, bypass surgery, five stents inserted 13 years after my bypass surgery, diabetes, and bladder cancer. Sounds dire but, with good care, I'm still here. In 2002, I attended the first WomenHeart seminar at the Mayo Clinic. It was an excellent experience. I met some outstanding ladies - now part of my extended family - and was trained to help others learn about women's risks of heart disease. I have since given a number of lectures to groups such as CUNY's Center for Worker Education Heart Health Seminars as well as appearing on cable television programs featuring health discussions. I've also helped at heart events and written materials for WomenHeart. I am happy to be able to help people understand that women are more at risk from heart disease than men. It is my hope that this website will be very informative and will also make other women feel blessed to be alive.


Portrait PhotographDebbie Tillis
WomenHeart Member

At age 52, I was working in a high pressured job but never thought about heart disease. My concern was my yearly mammogram. My friends and I never discussed heart disease. It was for older people. Imagine my surprise when, as I was lying in bed watching a video with my husband, I started to get the worst pain I'd ever felt in my chest. I had no idea what it was. It would not let up and began to get worse. It was hard for me to breathe and I told my husband to take me to the hospital. I could barely walk when we got there. Five hours later, I was told I had suffered a heart attack. An angiogram showed coronary artery spasms, a rare form of heart disease. I now devote my time to WomenHeart and making women aware of their risks for heart disease. I appeared on Channel One News when I held the first Heart Walk in Queens. I have spoken at numerous health fairs and have had a booth at a mall to educate women about this disease. I was nominated New Yorker of the Week because of my work in this field. We must spread the word to as many women as possible to let them know that heart disease is their #1 killer.


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