In honor of International Women’s Day 2019, Bloomer Health Tech recognized 20 women who are raising awareness and leading the fight against heart disease in women. The list includes six WomenHeart Scientific Advisory Council members and 2018 Excellence in Media Wenger Award honoree Chandra Wilson.
“Their leadership, their work, their stories and also with many of them, the mentorship and continuous support they have provided to us is so powerful,” the article explains. “They truly motivate us to keep moving forward with our mission to eliminate data gaps in healthcare and our vision to enable personalized, data-driven medicine across gender and race.”
Congratulations to the following WomenHeart honorees:
Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA – As medical director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center, Dr. Noel Bairey Merz is committed to closing the knowledge gap in women’s heart disease treatment through research and education.
Nanette Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA – Dr. Wenger is a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine. A pioneer for women’s heart health, Dr. Wenger has spent 50 years researching gender differences in heart disease treatment and advocating for female inclusion in heart disease research.
Sharonne Hayes, MD, FACC, FAHA – Dr. Hayes is a cardiologist and professor of cardiovascular medicine and the lead researcher for the Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program. She founded the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic to focus on gender-specific practices in cardiology, and she researches outcome disparities for women and minorities with heart disease.
Anne Volgman, MD, FACC, FAHA – As the medical director of Rush Heart Center for Women, Dr. Volgman has championed women-designed heart care and research. She challenges the common misconception that heart disease is a “man’s disease” and raises awareness of gender differences in heart disease.
Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA – Dr. Gulati is the division chief of cardiology for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She educates others on gender differences in cardiovascular health and the importance of equal treatment of heart disease. She is an advocate for women’s heart health and serves as the editor of CardioSmart to educate women on the risks of heart disease.
Jennifer Mieres, MD, FACC, FAHA, MASNC – As senior vice president of the Center for Equity of Care and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Northwell Health, Dr. Mieres educates and empowers women to take charge of their heart health. She focuses on gender-specific cardiovascular research and raises awareness of a woman-centered holistic approach to heart health.
Chandra Wilson – Healthcare advocate and 2018 Excellence in Media Wenger Award honoree Chandra Wilson brought awareness to women’s heart disease with her performance on Grey’s Anatomy, when her character suffered a heart attack. The episode showcased both the frustrations women face being misdiagnosed in the emergency room and the differences in heart attack symptoms for women.