WomenHeart Welcomes New Scientific Advisory Council Members

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease welcomes Dr. Alanna Morris and Dr. Jeanne Poole as new members of its Scientific Advisory Council (SAC). WomenHeart’s SAC provides clinical advice and council across a wide array of specialty and subspecialty areas relating to cardiovascular care in women. In addition, the SAC provides guidance on health policy and legislative issues impacting women living with or at risk of heart disease.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Morris and Dr. Poole to the SAC,” says Dr. Eileen Hsich, SAC Chair, “these amazing women have had a career dedicated to care and research that focus on the impact of gender and social determinants of health on women heart patients and ensuring patients are equipped with information to make the best decisions for their own health care.”

Dr. Alanna Morris currently serves as faculty at the Emory clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute. Her research interests includes studying the importance of non-modifiable risk factors such as race and gender, as well as social determinants of health that may contribute to excess disease in high risk populations. Her research examines the influence of these risk factors along the spectrum of heart failure, including clinical outcomes after heart transplantation and LVAD implantation. Dr. Morris is also interested in the role of biomarkers of oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction in patients with heart failure. She is currently the Principal Investigator of career development awards examining the role of Metabolomics, Oxidative Stress, and Vascular Function in Heart Failure funded by NIH.   She is a Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar and she serves as site-PI for 2 NIH funded multicenter studies examining heart failure disparities.

Dr. Morris received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Jeanne Poole is a University of Washington professor of medicine in the division of cardiology. Her clinical interests include patients with heart rhythm disorders such as rapid rhythms, slow rhythms, identification of episodes of passing out, evaluation for individuals at risk for cardiac arrest and evaluation for pacemaker or implantable defibrillators. Her research interests include prevention of sudden cardiac death through technological advancements.

Dr. Poole earned her M.D. at the University of Washington. She is triple board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine.

To learn more about WomenHeart’s SAC go to www.womenheart.org/scientific-advisory-council/.

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