Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Early Career Development

Early Career Committee

The Epi/Prevention Council and Early Career Committee foster the development of trainees and early career professionals in CVD 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.

Current Members:

Gregory M Marcus, MD, MAS, FACC        
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology, Electrophysiology Section
University of California, San Francisco
Vice Chairperson
Jennifer Wessel, PhD, MPH                        
Assistant Professor
Indiana University School of Medicine
Public Health
Vanessa Xanthakis, Ph.D.
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
 SimsMario Sims, PhD, MS FAHA
Special Assistant to the Director
Science Officer, Jackson Heart Study
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Norrina Allen, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Gerald S. Bloomfield, MD, MPH                      
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Global Health
Division of Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center
David Siscovick MD, MPH, FAHA                          
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
University of Washington
Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
Pamela L. Lutsey, PhD, MPH                        
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Joshua Z Willey, MD, MS                                         
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Program
Columbia University
Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD, MPH             
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Nehal N. Mehta, MD MSCE FAHA
Chief, Section of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Connie W. Tsao, MD
Cardiovascular Division
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Robert W. Yeh, MD MSc FAHA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Cardiology Division
Training Overview in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention

Slides illustrating the training overview for Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention.

Epi training 1
Epi training 2
CVD Epidemiology Reading List
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AHA Statement and Guidelines 


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.

Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
Provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial career development from the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.

Beginning Grant-In-Aid
Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists. Offered by various affiliates:

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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 various affiliates:

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Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.  Offered by the various affiliates:

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Career Development Awards for Physicians: NIH

Career Development Awards for Research Doctorates: NIH

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