Words of Wisdom

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA

“Women in science and medicine need to experiment to figure out what works for them, and practice resilience before they are faced with one of life’s inevitable setbacks.”

 —Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA

Professional Affiliations

AHA Affiliations

Dr. Benjamin focuses on Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology, with expertise in atrial fibrillation, inflammation, and vascular function. She has volunteered for the American Heart Association since 1992 and currently serves as Science Representative to the Board of Directors. She also Chairs the Science and Clinical Education Lifelong Learning Committee and the annual Heart and Stroke Statistical Update Writing Group.

One of Dr. Benjamin’s favorite quotes is by Viktor E. Frankl: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” The quote is relevant to personal approaches to mitigating unconscious bias, to being open to innovation, and to being resilient in the face of challenges.

Previously Featured Words of Wisdom

Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA

“Believe in yourself. If there is a will, there is always a way!”

 —Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA

Dr. Liao, who focuses on basic science research, has been volunteering with the American Heart Association almost three decades and currently serves as Chair of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences.

Her work promotes mentorship as a high-level tool of leadership encouraging female scientists to pursue their dream.  As she says, “This is what scientific research is all about, it is a passion rather than a job.” That’s a key premise of the May 2016 article, Ronglih Liao: Science as a Lifestyle and it’s also reflected in her May 2017 commentary, From the BCVS Chair, both published in Circulation Research.