There are so many female cardiologists, yet why don't we hear about them more? In the medical field, 50% of medical students are women and only 12% of those women choose cardiology as a career.
There’s a barrier within the cardiology space with women cardiologists earning less than male cardiologist, and struggling to have a seat at the table where big decisions are made. Among the distinguished women cardiologists, there are some that use their social media platforms to raise awareness, share information faster about their ever-changing field, and further represent the women cardiologists making a difference in their community. Here are our picks for top women cardiologists with an influential online presence.
Sheila Sahni, MD
Dr. Sheila Sahni is currently an interventional cardiology fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. During her medical journey, she graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies and received her medical degree from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Sahni went on to serve as a Chief fellow for Cardiovascular Diseases at UCLA, and did her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Sheila uses her social media platform to inform and raise awareness about women’s heart disease, radial interventions, and high-risk complete revascularization.
Laxmi Mehta, M.D., FACC, FAHA
Laxmi Mehta, M.D., FACC, FAHA is currently the Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program at the Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center. Before excelling in her field, Dr. Mehta received her M.D. degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, Ohio. She then went on to do her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship training at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan through 2001 and 2005. Now Dr. Mehta makes strides in the medical field by being the face and voice of many health departments and organizations.
Along with being the Director, Dr. Mehta is also the Associate Program Director for Education for Ohio State’s Center for Women’s Health where she uses her passion for women’s health and cardiology to educate her students. When she’s not directing at Ohio State University, Dr. Mehta is highly involved in her community by being President of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. She’s has been recognized and awarded for her for her great work by Business First Magazine as one of Columbus' Top 40 under 40 in 2010, and even honored as one of 12 women for the 2012 Women for Economic Leadership.
Follow here @DrLaxmiMehta
Annabelle Volgman, MD
Dr. Annabelle Volgman is a cardiologist with a passion for women’s health. She graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical school where she went on to do her residency, and later her fellowship for Cardiac Electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She’s now a professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Along with teaching, she’s the Director for Rush Heart Center, and a notable name with more than 20 years of practice. Dr. Volgman uses her social media platform to update her followers on the various changes in cardiovascular disease.
Follow her @avolgman.
Jennifer Mieres, MD
Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres is a cardiologist whose advocacy for inclusiveness and women’s health are highly praised.
Dr. Mieres received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and went on to practice in New York for more than 20 years. She current SVP of the Center for Equity of Care and Chief Diversity and Inclusions officer at Northwell Health System and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Zucker School go Medicine at Hofstra University. She is also noted for being the first female president of ASNC.
Dr. Mieres is the author of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas and her documentary, A Woman's Heart, was nominated at the 46th Annual New York Emmy Award. Dr. Mieres has a passion for women’s health, diversity within the workplace, and medicine.
Follow her @DrJMieres.
Pamela S. Douglas, MD
With 30+ years of experience, Dr. Pamela Douglas has been making great efforts to represent women cardiologists. Dr. Douglas is currently the Ursula Geller Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Douglas is no stranger to university medical spaces having served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and the University of Wisconsin and was the past President at American College of Cardiology. When she’s not sharing her plethora of knowledge at Duke University, Dr. Douglas is also director of the Multimodality Imaging Program at Duke Clinical Research Institute. She’s passionate about scientific and policy action in improving the quality and appropriateness of imaging in clinical care, clinical trials and registries and through development and dissemination of national standards for imaging utilization, informatics and analysis. Dr. Douglas has been featured on Knowledge to Practice for our interview series discussing the importance of salary disparities within the medical field and the need of diversity within cardiology. Dr. Douglas uses her international social platform to “empower other physicians to create a more intelligent healthcare.”
Follow her @pamelasdouglas.
Toniya Singh, MD FACC
Dr. Toniya Singh is a cardiologist whose medical background ranges from internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and adult echocardiography. Dr. Toniya is currently a non-interventional cardiologist and a managing partner at St. Louis Heart and Vascular, along with being on staff at Christian Hospital Northeast and SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis, MO and Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. She’s done great work within her field such as being a founding President of the Missouri chapter of Women in Cardiology (WIC) section of The American College of Cardiology. Aside from breaking barriers, Dr. Singh is also a TEDx speaker and advocate for mentorship nationwide. She uses her social media platform to inform about the latest in cardiology and empower medical students.
Follow here @DrToniyaSingh.
Gina Lundberg, MD
Gina Price Lundberg, MD FACC is a preventive cardiologist with the Emory Clinic in East Cobb and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Clinical Director of the Emory Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center.
She serves on the ACCF Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee, past committee member for EA Strategic Health Initiatives to promote Go Red for Women. Aside from her various leadership roles, she is the founder and medical director of the Saint Joseph’s Heart Center for Women and the author behind several medical journals and textbooks.
When she’s not practicing and educating, Dr. Lundberg is a National AHA Spokesperson. Dr. Lundberg’s tremendous efforts have been recognized nationally with awards ranging from the Honoree for North Fulton/Gwinnett County Heart Ball for 2006 and Heart Award at the Go Red Luncheon for outstanding dedication to the program, and a thanks from Governor Sonny Perdue who appointed Dr. Lundberg to the Advisory Board for the Department of Women’s Health for the State of Georgia in 2007 until 2011.
She’s been featured on big media platforms such as CNN and in USA Today.
Follow her @gina_lundberg.
Martha Gulati MD, MS, FACC, FAHA
Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA is the first Division Chief of cardiology for the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and Physician Executive Director for the Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute.
When she’s not in practice, she’s a bestselling author of the book, 'Saving Women's Hearts.’ With over 22.3K followers, Dr. Gulati uses her social media platform to inform her followers about heart disease and medical updates.
Follow her @DrMarthaGulati
Purvi Parwani, MD
Dr. Purvi Parwani is a cardiologist based out in Oklahoma City.
With 6-10 years of practice, Dr. Parwani got her start after receiving her medical degree from B.J. Medical College Ahmedabad in India and went on to complete her cardiology training at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma, along with completing her fellowship at Hartford Hospital.
Dr. Parwani is currently a cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University. Her outstanding achievements include being a presenter of over 30 abstracts at national and international meetings and published six manuscripts in various peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Parwani is an advocate for healthy living, and not only does she serve as the social media advisor for various cardiology organizations, but she also uses her own blog and Twitter profile to educate her 11.3K followers about lifestyle modification, exercise, diet, cardiology health news, and even yoga.
Follow her @purviparwani
Sharonne Hayes, MD
Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., studies cardiovascular disease and prevention, with a focus on sex and gender differences and conditions that uniquely or predominantly affect women.
When she’s not in practice, Dr. Hayes is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Mayo Clinic. She’s highly involved within her community by being involved in several research initiatives aimed at addressing health equity and reducing health disparities, along with being an advocate for women and minorities that prevent or deter them from participating in research studies.
Dr. Hayes is one to use her social media platforms with posts regarding women's rights, disadvantages, and bias in the workplace, and professional development tips.
Follow her @SharonneHayes