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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
Co-director, UCLA Center for Cholesterol and Lipid Management, UCLA School of Medicine

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
Director, Stanford Heart Network, Stanford Research Center
Nieca Goldberg, MD 
Director, Women’s Heart Program, New York University  


Phyllis Greenberger, MSW
President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Women’s Health Research 
Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA 
Associate Professor, Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University
Eileen Hsich, MD 
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, MD, FESC, FACC 
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, BS, FCCP, BCPS
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcome Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina 
Stacey E. Rosen, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE
Vice President, Women's Health, NSLIJ Health System  
Amparo Villablanca, MD 
Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine, University of California, Davis 
Annabelle Santos Volgman, MD, FACC, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Rush College of Medicine; Medical Director, Rush 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, MD, FACC, FASNC, FAHA  
Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health, North Shore-LIJ Health System 
Tracy L. Stevens, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Muriel I. Kauffman Women's Heart Center at Saint Luke's Mid-America Heart Institute 
Rita Redberg, MD, MSc, FACC
Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services, UCSF Medical Center 


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