Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has welcomed Dr. Martha Gulati, an expert in preventive cardiology and women’s heart disease, to the Smidt Heart Institute as director of preventive cardiology, associate director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center and associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Department of Cardiology.
Gulati is known for leading-edge research and was recently named president of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, a national organization focused on preventing heart disease, which is the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.
“Martha is an innovative researcher, passionate provider and a change-maker in the field of women’s heart disease and preventive,” said Dr. Christine M. Albert, chair of the Department of Cardiology in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai and the Lee and Harold Kapelovitz Distinguished Chair in Cardiology. “In addition to her impact locally at Cedars-Sinai, Martha and her team will serve as a role model for a future focused on cardiovascular disease prevention at the earliest intervention.”
Gulati is the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project, a study that examines cardiac risk factors in women and sets standards for women’s fitness levels and heart health. Gulati also is a co-investigator on the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation, led by Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a pioneer in the field and director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute.
“Martha’s critical work in women’s heart disease dovetails with the longstanding commitment of our team to address disparities and gaps in cardiovascular care,” Merz said. “We are eager to amplify her strong efforts both through leading-edge research and patient care.”
Gulati has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed publications. Ashe has received the American College of Cardiology’s Bernadine Healy Award, named for the first woman director of the National Institutes of Health, and the Smidt Heart Institute’s Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Leadership Award.
“I am honored to now work alongside many of the internationally renowned leaders in every subspeciality of cardiology, especially Dr. Bairey Merz, who has been a colleague and mentor to me for almost 20 years,” Gulati said. “I am also eager to build programs to provide optimal primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention, helping patients reduce their risk for heart disease and reduce recurrent cardiac events.”
Prior to coming to Cedars-Sinai, Gulati was a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.
For information, visit cedars-sinai.org.
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