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


Joshua Joseph, MDJoshua Joseph, MD
The Ohio State University COM
College Of Medicine
Columbus, Ohio

Chair Elect

Madison LeCroy, PHDMadison LeCroy, PHD
Assistant Professor
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
New York, NY

Immediate Past Chair

Sadiya Khan, MD, MSSadiya Khan, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University
Oak Park, IL


William Aitken, MDWilliam Aitken, MD
Cardiology Fellow
University of Miami
Biscayne Park, FL
Duke Appiah, PhDDuke Appiah, PhD
Texas Tech University HSC
Lubbock, TX
Natalie Cameron, MDNatalie Cameron, MD
Instructor of Medicine
Chicago, IL
YamnYamnia Cortes PhD RN MSNia Cortes, PhD, RN, MSNia Cortes, PhD, RN, MSN
Associate Professor
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Meredith Duncan, PhDMeredith Duncan, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky
Lexiton, KY
Ben King, PhD, MPHBen King, PhD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Houston, COM
Houston, TX
MathMathMathias Lalika MD MD MPHias Lalika, MD, MD, MPHias Lalika, MD, MD, MPH
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Oluwabunmi Ogungbe, MPH, PhDOluwabunmi Ogungbe, MPH, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Robin Ortiz, MSRobin Ortiz, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
New York, NY
Ruth-Alma Turckson-OcranRuth-Alma Turckson-Ocran
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Victor Zhong PhDVictor Zhong, PhD
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China


Kelsey Stanley, BA, BAKelsey Stanley, BA, BA
American Heart Association
Dallas, TX

Become an Epidemiology and Prevention Council Member 

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

Joining the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention is easy. Please see the Professional Members page to join or renew your membership.


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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

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


Top experts from around the world come to discuss and debate the latest cardiovascular and clinical information.
Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions

Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions

EPI|Lifestyle 2024
March 18–21, 2024
Hilton Chicago | Chicago, Illinois

Scientific Sessions: November 16–18, 2024
McCormick Place Convention Center | Chicago, Illinois

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.