Early Career Committee - Council on Epidemiology and Prevention

Updated:Aug 20,2012


  • Involve trainees/postdoctoral students/recently trained individuals in Epidemiology and Prevention Council activities.
  • Expand the diversity of the council.
  • Reinforce interest in CVD epidemiology and prevention as a career path
  • Identify early career council members from diverse backgrounds to participate in other council committees.

Reports to –  Council Chair and Leadership Committee

Committee Membership –  The committee is comprised of:

  • Advisor. The advisor will be an active senior participant in the Epidemiology and Prevention Council.
  • Up to nine members, one of whom will be chair. The chair will be selected by the members. 

Selection of Members –  Members shall be chosen using an application process, facilitated by a small task force from the Leadership Committee. The applicant will provide:

  • Personal letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • CV

Call for applications occurs in the spring each year, and application information will be made available closer to that time.

Terms of Service

  • Two-year terms
  • Staggered terms for continuity

Member Commitment –  The committee shall meet via teleconference three to four times per year, and will meet face-to-face at the EPI spring conference. The time commitment will vary, but should not exceed an average of one to three hours per month. Special projects may require an additional time commitment.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Serve on other AHA Epi Council committees.
  • Serve as a liaison as needed to other AHA councils’ committees.
  • Pursue activities that benefit early career persons at various levels. Examples:  
    1. Develop a Web site within the main council page devoted to trainee issues.
    2. Mentor trainees.
    3. Create job search network.
    4. Create a reading list of seminal papers of interest to trainees.
    5. Provide early career development support.
  • For members who are beyond training stage: Provide special insight as a recently trained committee member.
  • Support Connection Corner at the Annual Meeting.
  • File a written report on the committee's activities at least three weeks prior to each Leadership Committee meeting.

Benefits of Participation

  • Become familiar with AHA leadership structure and activities of the council at an early career stage.
  • Develop a credential for career advancement.

Current Members
Council on Epidemiology and Prevention

Full Committee Listing (available to AHA/ASA Professional Members only)




Nehal N. Mehta, M.D., M.S., FAHA
Director of Inflammatory Risk, Preventive Cardiology
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Adjunct Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pa.


Gregory M Marcus, MD, MAS, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology, Electrophysiology Section
University of California, San Francisco

Doctoral Fellow
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
University of Toronto


Jared W. Magnani MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

Jennifer Wessel PhD MPH
Assistant Professor
Indiana university School of Medicine
Public Health


Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine/Cardiology

Liviu Klein, MD, MS
Northwestern University,
The Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital,
The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute


Renate Schnabel, M.D., M.Sc.
University Medical Center
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Mainz, Germany

Christina L. Wassel,Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, Calif.


Senior Advisor
David C. Goff, Jr. MD PhD FAHA FACP
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention,
Division of Public Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC .

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