Current Officers

Susan Smyth, MD, PhD


Jeff Gill Professor of Cardiology, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and the Director of the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Smyth’s research focuses on the interplay between inflammation and thrombosis and the contribution of extracellular mediators and blood and vascular cell-surface signaling receptors in vascular disease. Her clinical interests are in arterial and venous thrombosis prevention, diagnosis, and management.  

Sumeet Chugh, MD



Pauline and Harold Price Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Director of the Hearth Rhythm Center and Associate Director of the Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, and Professor of Medicine-in-Residence at UCLA. His scientific career is dedicated to understanding sudden cardiac death: how often it occurs, the underlying causes, and the identification of novel risk factors. Using a real-time population cohort within two large communities of more than one million residents, the Sudden Unexpected Death Study has resulted in a biobank of phenotypes and biomarkers that are currently under investigation as tools of prediction and prevention.

Michelle Albert, MD

Dr. Michelle A. Albert is a Professor in Medicine and Cardiologist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and founding director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). The UCSF NURTURE Center is an interdisciplinary translational research center seeks to perform exploratory and interventional scientific research to understand the “biology of adversity” and its impact on health, particularly cardiovascular health. Research in the NURTURE Center seeks to decipher and develop novel initiatives aimed at improving patient behavior and adherence taking into account the interplay between social determinants of health and biological processes to attain advantaged health and well-being of persons at risk across the life-course. 

Emelia J Benjamin, MD, ScM


1 year term

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development at Boston University, and Investigator at the Framingham Heart Study. Author of over 500 peer-reviewed publications focusing on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, echocardiographic findings, vascular function and systemic inflammation.

Jane Freedman, MD


1st year of 3 year term

Edward Budnitz Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Director of Cardiovascular Research.  Dr. Freedman’s research examines the regulation of pathways contributing to atherothrombotic and cardiometabolic disease.  She oversees two research programs; the first is a basic science laboratory that examines the role of immunity, infection, and inflammation on atherothrombotic disease.  The second facility uses high-throughput, nano-chip, and RNA-seq technologies to study gene expression and provide large scale transcriptomic and proteomic translational data for a wide range of clinical and basic projects.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of Circulation Research.

Charles J. Lowenstein, MD


3rd year of 3 year term

Dr. Lowenstein is the Michel Mirowski, MD Professor of Cardiology and the Chief of Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He is interested in the genetic basis of vascular diseases.  Dr. Lowenstein’s research team uses genetic studies of humans to identify novel loci linked to vascular inflammation and thrombosis, and then develops cellular and animal models to discover new pathways of vascular inflammation and thrombosis.

Barry London, MD, PhD


2nd year of 3 year term

Dr. London is Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Iowa. His laboratory studies the molecular and genetic basis of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death using animal models, families with inherited arrhythmia syndromes, and patient cohorts with heart failure. He has held near continuous funding from the NIH through his career, including a Pioneer Award. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Association of University Cardiologists, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Heart Association since 2014.