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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 E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D., FACC - CHAIR
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology
Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program 

Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., FACC, FAHA
Professor, Cardiovascular Diseases
Founder, Women’s Heart Clinic 
Mayo Clinic 

Theresa M. Beckie, Ph.D., RN, FAHA

Professor, College of Nursing & Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
University of South Florida
Susan Bennett, M.D., FACC 
Consulting Cardiologist
MedStar Cardiology Associates, LLC
MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner
Cardiovascular Medicine and Coronary Interventions
Director, The LifeCare Company

Nieca Goldberg, M.D.

Director, NYU Women’s Heart Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health

Phyllis Greenberger, MSW
President and Chief Executive Officer
Society for Women's Health Research 
Martha Gulati, M.D., MS, FACC, FAHA
Division Chief of Cardiology
The University of Arizona in Phoenix

Eileen Hsich, M.D.
Associate Medical Director for Heart Transplant 
Cleveland Clinic

Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D.
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition
Department of Nutritional Sciences 
The Pennsylvania State University

Alexandra Lansky, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Section of Cardiovascular Medicine 
Director, Heart and Vascular Clinical Research Program 
Yale University School of Medicine
Honorary Reader, University College London 
Pamela Marcovitz, M.D., FACC
Medical Director, Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center 
Associate Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Beaumont Health

Jean M. Nappi, B.S., Pharm. D., FCCP, BCPS 
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcome Sciences 
Medical University of South Carolina

Stacey E. Rosen, M.D., FACC, FACP, FAHA
Associate Professor of Cardiology
Vice President of Women’s Health 
The Katz Institute for Women’s Health 
Northwell Health

Amparo Villablanca, M.D.
Frances Lazda Endowed Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine 
Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program
University of California, Davis

Annabelle Santos Volgman, M.D., FACC, FAHA
McMullan-Eybel Chair of Excellence in Clinical Cardiology
Professor of Medicine, Rush College of Medicine
Medical Director, Rush Heart Center for Women 
Rush University Medical Center

Mary Norine Walsh, M.D.
Medical Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana

Nanette Kass Wenger, M.D., MACC, MACP, FAHA

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) Emeritus
Emory University School of Medicine
Consultant, Emory Heart and Vascular Center

Susan Wood, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Director, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
The George Washington University
Milken Institute School of Public Health


C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., FACC, FAHA
Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center
Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Rita Redberg, M.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Medicine
University of California at San Francisco

Tracy L. Stevens, M.D., FACC

Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Medical Director, Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FASNC
Professor of Cardiology & Population Health
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
SVP, Office of Community & Public Health
Northwell Health

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