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The mission of the Scientific Advisory Council is to provide medical and scientific leadership and guidance to help advance the mission of WomenHeart by proactively facilitating the development of new knowledge about heart disease in women, actively disseminating knowledge about heart disease in women to medical and public audiences, and advocating and raising awareness about heart disease in women.


Karol Watson, MD, PhD, FACC — CHAIR
UCLA School of Medicine; Co-director, UCLA Center for Cholesterol and Lipid Management

Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, FACC — PAST CHAIR
Director, Mayo Clinic Women’s Heart Clinic

Theresa Beckie, Ph.D, RN, RAHA 
University of South Florida College of Nursing
Susan K. Bennett, MD
Clinical Director, Women’s Heart Program, The George Washington University Hospital

Kathy Berra, MSN
Stanford Research Center and Director, Stanford Heart Network
Nieca Goldberg, M.D. 
Director, New York University Women’s Heart Program  

Phyllis Greenberger, MSW
President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Women’s Health Research 
Martha Gulati, M.D., MS, FACC, FAHA 
Associate Professor, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Eileen Hsich, M.D. 
Associate Director, Heart Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic
Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Penn State University 

Alexandra Lansky, M.D., F.E.S.C., F.A.C.C. 
Director, Women's Heart Center
Yale University School of Medicine 

Pamela Marcovitz, MD
Director, Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center, Beaumont Hospital 

Jean M. Nappi, PharmD, B.S., FCCP, BCPS
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcome Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina 
Stacey E. Rosen, M.D., FACC, FACP, FASE
Vice President, Women's Health
NSLIJ Health System  
Tracy L. Stevens, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Saint Luke's Mid-America Heart Institute 
Amparo Villablanca, M.D. 
Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine, 
University of California, Davis 
Annabelle S. Volgman, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College
Medical Director, Heart Center for Women
Rush University Medical Center 
Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Programs
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, MACC, FAHA
Chief of Cardiology, Grady Memorial Hospital
Emory University School of Medicine 

Susan Wood, PhD
Associate Professor 
School of Public Health & Health Services  
The George Washington University 
Altagracia Chavez, MD
Staff cardiothoracic surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Heart Center 
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Medical Director, Women’s Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.N.C., F.A.H.A.  
Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health 
North Shore-LIJ Health System  
Rita Redberg, M.D., M.Sc., FACC 
Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services 
UCSF Medical Center 

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