Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) Early Career Development

The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) and the Early Career Committee fosters the development of trainees and early career professionals in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, including research scientists and clinicians. We also promote and encourage trainees and early career individuals to participate in council activities. The committee is made up of early career members.

EPI Early Career Committee Membership

We encourage and accept applications from early career professionals.

Early Career Professionals are defined as Investigators, Clinicians, or Healthcare Providers who have completed training within the last 4 years and MDs or PhDs in the first 4 years after their first faculty appointment.

How to Apply

Please submit your application below and attach the following:

  •  Personal letter
  •  Letter of Recommendation
  •  CV

Please note that active membership in the American Heart Association is required of all committee members.

Submission Period is March 20 through April 23, 2015

EPI Early Career Committee Members

Full EPI Early Career Committee Roster

Current Members:

Gregory M Marcus, MD, MAS, FACC
Gregory Marcus - Faculty Page
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology, Electrophysiology Section
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif.
 Vice Chairperson
Jennifer Wessel, PhD, MPH
Jennifer Wessel - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor
Indiana University School of Medicine Public Health
Indianapolis, Ind.
 James Floyd, MD MS
James Floyd - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, Wash.
 Alexis Frazier-Wood, PhD
Alexis Frazier-Wood - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor
USDA / ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center
Department of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
 Monik C. Jiménez, ScD SM
Monik Jimenez - Faculty Page
Division of Preventive Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Mass
 Chris Longenecker, MD
Christopher Longenecker - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute
Cleveland, Ohio
 Vanessa Xanthakis, PhD
Vanessa Xanthakis - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics,
Investigator for the Framingham Heart Study,
Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology,
Department of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics, Boston University
School of Public Health
Boston, Mass.
 Mario Sims, PhD, MS FAHA
Mario Simms - Faculty Page
Special Assistant to the Director
Science Officer, Jackson Heart Study
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Miss.
 Norrina Allen, PhD, MPH
Norrina Bai Allen - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, Ill.
 Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH
Kathryn Britton - Faculty Page
Associate Physician, Cardiovascular Division,
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Harvard, Mass.
 Joshua Z Willey, MD, MS
Josh Willey - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Program
Columbia University
The Neurological Institute of New York
New York, N.Y.
 Connie W. Tsao, MD
Connie Tsao - Faculty Page
Cardiovascular Division
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Mass.
 Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, FAHA
Robert Yeh - Faculty Page
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Cardiology Division
Boston, Mass.
 Senior Advisor
Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD ScM FACC FAHA

Donald Lloyd-Jones - Faculty Page
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
Director, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)
Chicago, Ill.
Mission Statement

The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) focuses on population-based approaches to preventing cardiovascular diseases. The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Epidemiology and Prevention is to lead the discovery and translation of science related to the distribution and determinants of cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on population approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular health.

Visit the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention to find out more.

Epidemiology and Prevention Council Membership

Joining the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention is easy. Please see the Member Benefits and Criteria section for the AHA/ASA, and join or renew your membership.


Interested in getting involved with the EPI Council? To help us identify opportunities for you in the organization, tell us about yourself. Complete the Science Volunteer Online form

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A critical component of early career development and training is mentorship. The following resources can help identify an appropriate mentor and evaluate the mentor-trainee relationship.

Mentoring Presentations - Early Career Day - Scientific Sessions 2014

  • Undergraduate Student Research Program
    The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    Offered by: Great Rivers Affiliates
    Career Stage: Making the decision – undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.
  • Health Sciences Fellowship
    Provides opportunities for health science students to work for ten consecutive weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project related to the mission of the American Heart Association. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.

    Offered by: Greater Southeast Affiliate
    Career Stage: Gaining credentials - doctoral student
  • Predoctoral Fellowship
    Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

    Offered by: Founders, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
    Career Stage: Gaining credentials – doctoral student
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.

    Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates  Find your Affiliate
    Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow

National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
  • Beginning Grant-In-Aid
    Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.

    Offered by: SouthWest and Western States Affiliates
    Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.
  • Scientist Development Grant
    Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.

    Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, and National Affiliate
    Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent
  • Grant-In-Aid
    Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.

    Offered by: Founders, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
     Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.

Find Your Affiliate

Career Development Awards for Physicians: NIH

Career Development Awards for Research Doctorates: NIH

Epidemiology and Prevention / Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions

Early Career Event

When and Where

Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, AZ 

Conference Dates:
Mar. 1-4, 2016

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Abstract Submission

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Rates and Information

Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

July 26 – August 7, 2015
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge
Tahoe City, Calif.

Scientific Sessions

When & Where

Nov 12-16, 2016
New Orleans

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Abstract Submission

Call for abstracts opens April 20, 2016

Registration Information

Registration will open in June 2016.

The AHA/ASA scientific councils' awards acknowledge significant achievements in cardiovascular diseases and stroke, ranging from basic research to service to the councils and the association. These awards recognize the achievements of researchers, scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals throughout their careers. They also provide opportunities for financial rewards, special presentations and funding to attend Scientific Sessions and other AHA scientific meetings.

Awards Types

  • Early Career
  • Career Achievement
  • Travel Stipends
  • Scholarships
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Lectures

Visit the Council Awards and Lectures site for full details.

The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) proudly sponsors numerous awards, lectures and travel grants to AHA meetings, as well as a medical student scholarship.  These programs honor researchers, early career investigators and medical students for their outstanding contributions and research of heart disease.  Please click on an award link for more information, including eligibility criteria and application instructions.

Awards include
  • Awards presented at the EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions
  • Lecture and Awards presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions
  • Medical Student Scholarship
Visit the EPI Awards and Lectures page for a full list of available awards and lectures.

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