A-TRAC Directors

Updated:Sep 12,2014

AHA Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center

Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., FAHA

Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., FAHA, has been the Chief Science and Medical Officer of the American Heart Association since 2003, on leave from her position as Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she joined the faculty in 1975. She received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and trained in Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Dr. Robertson’s research, in animal models and in clinical studies in healthy subjects in carefully-controlled settings, including the extreme perturbation of microgravity, as well as in patients, has defined rare and more common disorders of autonomic cardiovascular control and novel treatments. She has served on review and advisory committees for the NIH, Veterans’ Administration, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, and NASA. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and of the American College of Cardiology, a member of ASCI, and a founding member of the American Autonomic Society and the Association for Patient-Oriented Research. She served as President of the AHA in 2000-2001, and currently chairs the RWJF's National Advisory Committee for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award. She was honored by the CDC in 2001 with its Partner in Public Health Award.

Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D.
Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., professor of medicine, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, joined the University of Louisville in 1998.  Dr. Bhatnagar is a Distinguished University Scholar and Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Louisville. He was elected a fellow of the American Heart Association in 2005.
Dr. Bhatnagar  is a graduate of Kanpur University, India and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is known for his pioneering work on the role of the polyol pathway of glucose metabolism and how it is regulated by nitric oxide. His research interests also include cardiovascular effects of environmental pollutants, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and sepsis. Dr. Bhatnagar’s research is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including two program-projects, and has led to the creation of the new field of environmental cardiology.
Dr. Bhatnagar currently serves on the Editorial Boards of both Circulation Research and Circulation, has participated in over 50 National Institutes of Health review panels and is the author of more than 180 publications.