EPI Early Career Development

The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) and the Early Career Committee fosters the development of trainees and early career professionals in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, including research scientists and clinicians. We also promote and encourage trainees and early career individuals to participate in council activities. The committee is made up of early career members.

EPI Early Career Committee Membership

We encourage and accept applications from early career professionals.

Early Career Professionals are defined as Investigators, Clinicians, or Healthcare Providers who have completed training within the last four years and MDs or PhDs in the first four years after their first faculty appointment.

How to Apply

Please submit your application below and attach the following:

  • Personal letter
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • CV

Please note that an active membership in the American Heart Association is required of all committee members.

Submission Period is April 1–April 15

EPI Early Career Committee


Monik C. Jiménez, ScMMonik C. Jiménez, ScM
Assistant Professor
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Mass.

Vice Chairperson

Chris Longenecker, MDChris Longenecker, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio


Laila Al-Shaar, MPhLaila Al-Shaar, MPh
PhD candidate in Population Health Sciences
Harvard University
Boston, Mass.
Marcio Bittencourt, MPhMarcio Bittencourt, MPh
Associate Professor of Medicine
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Luisa Brant, MDLuisa Brant, MD
Adjunct Professor
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Antonio Fernandez, MDAntonio Fernandez, MD
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Director
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Conn.

Alexis Frazier-Wood, PhDAlexis Frazier-Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Deepak Gupta MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tenn.

Dale Hardy, PhDDale Hardy, PhD
Associate Professor
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Ga.

Joshua Joseph, MDJoshua Joseph, MD
The Ohio State University COM
Columbus, Ohio

Jacinthe Leclerc, RNJacinthe Leclerc, RN
Adjunct Professor - Postdoctoral Fellow
UQTR - McGill University
Trois-Rivières, Québec

Seth Martin, MDSeth Martin, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Card
Division of Cardiology
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Md.

Josiemer Mattei, PhDJosiemer Mattei, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Nutrition
Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Boston, Mass.

Lori Mosca, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Emerita Columbia University Medical Center
Tenafly, N.J.

Ian Neeland, MDIan Neeland, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Ambarish Pandey, MDAmbarish Pandey, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Kara Whitaker MPhKara Whitaker MPh
Assistant Professor
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Joseph Yeboah MDJoseph Yeboah MD
Assistant Professor
Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, N.C.

Immediate Past Chair

Connie Tsao, MDConnie Tsao, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Mass.

Immediate Past Chair

Jennifer Wessel, PhD, MPHJennifer Wessel, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Ind.

Become an Epidemiology and Prevention Council Member 

Visit the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention to find out more.

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Career Skills


A critical component of early career development and training is mentorship. The following resources can help identify an appropriate mentor and evaluate the mentor-trainee relationship.

Mentoring Presentations


American Heart Association Grants

Student and Predoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

  • Predoctoral Fellowship
    Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

    Offered by: Founders, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
    Career Stage: Gaining credentials – doctoral student

Post Doctoral Research Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.

    Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
    Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants

NIH: Post-Doctoral Research Training

CVD Epidemiology Research Training

  • About the NRSA Programs; T32 vs. F32, etc.

Programs are available at the following institutions:

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine

NIH: Career Development Awards for Physicians

NIH: Career Development Awards for Research Doctorates: NIH


Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions

Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions

February 28–March 3, 2023
Omni Boston Seaport, Boston, Massachusetts

Council Awards and Lectures

The AHA scientific council awards acknowledge significant achievements in cardiovascular diseases and stroke, ranging from basic research to service to the councils and the association. These awards recognize the achievements of researchers, scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals throughout their careers. They also provide opportunities for financial rewards, special presentations and funding to attend Scientific Sessions and other AHA scientific meetings.

Epidemiology and Prevention Specific Awards

The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) proudly sponsors numerous awards, lectures and travel grants to AHA meetings, as well as a medical student scholarship. These programs honor researchers, early career investigators and medical students for their outstanding contributions and research of heart disease.

Awards include

  • Awards presented at the EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions
  • Lecture and Awards presented at Scientific Sessions
  • Medical Student Scholarship

Visit the EPI Awards and Lectures page for a full list of available awards and lectures.