Wednesday, January 20, 2016

She's Set to Lead Cardiovascular Education and Clinical Care

Martha Gulati Head ShotMartha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, has been named the first Division Chief of Cardiology for the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and Physician Executive Director for the Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute. In her dual role, Dr. Gulati will lead education activities in cardiovascular sciences for medical students, residents and fellows at the College and Banner Health; she will also lead clinical heart care as the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Banner.

“Dr. Gulati will play a critical role in the development of the Heart Institute at Banner, bringing together the extensive cardiovascular services at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Heart Hospital,” said Steve Narang, MD, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.

“We look forward Dr. Gulati’s leadership in providing coordinated, multi-disciplinary care to patients with the most complex heart disease,” added Julie Nunley, CEO, Banner Heart Hospital.

“The hiring of Dr. Gulati represents a huge step forward for our academic medical center, reflective of the highest quality of clinician-scientist, teacher and role model that we can recruit into our new academic environment,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, former Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “We are thrilled to have her join us in Arizona.”

Dr. Gulati began her new role on Jan. 18, 2016.

About Dr. Gulati

Dr. Gulati most recently served as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Public Health in the Division of Cardiology at The Ohio State University. She was the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at The Ohio State University. She is the author of the best-seller, “Saving Women’s Hearts”. Dr. Gulati is the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology “CardioSmart”, the patient education and empowerment initiative.

Her exceptional commitment to the study of women and cardiac diseases has won her numerous awards and distinctions, including receiving the first CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Award from the American College of Cardiology to honor her contributions to improve cardiovascular health for women. In 2012, she was awarded the National Red Dress Award for her efforts in raising awareness of heart disease in women and advancing research in this field.

Dr. Gulati is passionate about the study of women and heart disease and about the prevention of heart disease. She is the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project, a study examining cardiac risk factors in women, which set new standards for women’s fitness levels and heart rate response to exercise in women. She also is a co-investigator on the Women Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) and previously served as a co-investigator on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).

She is a member of numerous advisory boards and societies, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. She has published articles in peer-reviewed publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Her research has been featured in hundreds of newspapers across the world, including The New York Times and USA Today. She has also been featured on Oprah, CBS National News, The Today Show, Canada AM and many others.

Dr. Gulati completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada. She completed her internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and is board certified in cardiovascular disease.

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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007. The college inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. It has graduated 354 physicians and has 328 students in training in its continuing mission to address the physician shortage in Arizona. The college is uniquely positioned to accelerate the biomedical and economic engines in Phoenix and the State by leveraging vital relationships with key clinical and community partners.