Editorial Board


Martha Gulati, M.D., M.S., FACC
Division Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona-Phoenix

Martha Gulati, M.D., M.S., FACC, is the CardioSmart.org editor-in-chief. Her exceptional commitment to and passion for the study of women and cardiac diseases has won her numerous awards and distinctions. In 2011, she received the first CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Award from the American College of Cardiology, which was given to honor her contributions to improving cardiovascular health care of women patients.

Gulati has published articles in top peer-reviewed publications, and her research has been featured in hundreds of newspapers across the world. She is also the author of the best-seller, “Saving Women’s Hearts.”

Gulati received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. She went on to complete her internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago, where she also received a Master of Science. Before joining the University of Arizona, she was Director of Preventive Cardiology and Women's Cardiovascular Health at The Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center. Gulati is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. 

In her role as CardioSmart.org Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Gulati is responsible for the oversight of all CardioSmart.org materials.


CardioSmart is part of the American College of Cardiology’s commitment to patient-centered care. The program is based, in part, on the growing body of evidence suggesting that the patient’s experience of care along with medical outcomes can be improved when people become more knowledgeable and engaged in their own health management and care. Our goal in this effort is to continually improve both the care experience and health outcomes for people with heart disease. We aspire to achieve this goal through the development of partnerships, programs, and tools that draw the patient and family members into the care process through evidence-based, clinician-facilitated patient engagement resources (i.e. information sharing, patient participation, goal-setting and care collaboration). We also seek to enhance the provider-patient relationship and bridge the gap that currently exists between clinician communications and patient/family understandings of their critical roles in managing their heart health.

CardioSmart is overseen by the Patient-Centered Care Committee of the College. This committee provides overall strategic guidance for the broader patient-centered care initiatives conducted by the ACC, including the CardioSmart program. The Patient-Centered Care Committee includes members of the College who are active in programs and initiatives representing key and relevant mission areas of the ACC, including Education, Advocacy, and Science & Quality, as well as special member interest sections including Fellows in Training and Practice Administrators. Importantly, the Patient-Centered Care Committee will also include patients as active members.

Patient-Centered Care Committee

Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Chair)
Medical Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation
St Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN
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Martha Gulati, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Division Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona-Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
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Jerry D. Kennett, M.D., M.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists
Columbia, MO
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Jane A. Linderbaum, MS, CNP, A.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Asst Prof of Medcn; Dir, CV Inpatient Practice
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
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David C. May, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C. (Ex Officio)
Cardiovascular Specialists, PA
Coppell, TX
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Jayanta T. Mukherjee, M.D. (Fellow-in-Training)
Waltham, MA
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Juan Villafane, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Governor Member)
Prof, Dept of Pediatrics, Univ of KY
Louisville, KY
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Alfred A. Bove, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.C.C. (Member)
Professor of Medicine (Emeritus)
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
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Russell R. Cross, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Director Cardiology Quailty and Outcomes Program
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC
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Paul L. Douglass, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Metropolitan Atlanta Cardiology Consultants, P.C.
Atlanta, GA
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Raymond E. Dusman, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Parkview Physicians Group-Cardiology
Fort Wayne, IN
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Andrew M. Freeman, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Dir, Ambulatory Electrocardiography; Co-Dir Nuclear Cardiology
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO
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Robert A. Guyton, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emory Clinic, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
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Eileen M. Handberg, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Assistant Professor of Medicine Director, Clinical Programs
Shands at the University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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William R. Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Metro Health Medical Center
Cleveland, OH
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Laxmi S. Mehta, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Director, Women's Cardiovascular Health Clinic
Ohio State University Medical Center
Powell, OH
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Louis E. Teichholz, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Member)
Prof. of Medicine (Crdlgy.)
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ
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Tamar B. Plumb (Practice Administrator Member)
Practice Administrator
The Methodist Hospital Physician Org
Houston, TX
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ACC Member Contributors

Cardiovascular Team Registered Nurse Working Group

Cardiovascular Team Advanced Practice Nurse Working Group

CardioSmart Staff

Team Lead: Michael Hargrett

Associate, Institutional Strategy & Engagement: Arielle Fingerman, MHSA

Associate, Patient Initiatives, Social Media Manager: Jennifer Jean-Pierre

Associate, Content: Michelle Poblete, MS

Contributing Writers: Caitlin Johnson; Amanda Crowe, MA, MPH

News Production: Jynelle A. Gracia, MFA



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