Disparities in Cardio Oncology

July 2021-July 2025
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Research Focus:
Obesity-Related Disparities in the Bidirectional Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Center Director:
Neal Weintraub, MD, FAHA

Training Director:
David Stepp, PhD


Principal Investigators:

  • Neal Weintraub, MD, FAHA
    Duffy Antigen Receptor for Chemokines (DARC) and Chemokine Control in Cardiometabolic Disease and Cancer

  • Ryan Harris, PhD
    Health Disparities and Vascular Aging Over Time in New Onset Cancer

  • Avirup Guha, MD
    Xiaoling Wang, MD, PhD
    Role of Obesity, Ancestry and Social Determinants of Health for Cancer Development in African American Individuals with Cardiovascular Disease

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Research Focus:
Cancer-Associated Thromboembolism as Affected by Health Disparities (CAT-HD)

Co-Center Directors:
Katya Ravid, DSc
Vipul Chitalia, MD, PhD

Co-Training Directors:
Emelia Benjamin, MD, ScM, FAHA
George Murphy, PhD

Principal Investigators:

  • Vipul Chitalia, MD, PhD
    Katya Ravid, DSc
    Targeted Mechanisms of Compromised Diet-Associated Vasculo-Thrombosis in Experimental Cancer Models
  • Nathanael Fillmore, PhD
    J. Michael Gaziano, MD, MPH
    Development and Molecular Validation of a Health-Disparities-Informed Thromboembolism Risk Model in Cancer Patients

Medical College of Wisconsin

Research Focus:
Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Cancer Therapy Induced Inflammation and Associated Endothelial Dysfunction

Center Director:
Melinda Stolley, PhD

Training Director:
Michael Widlansky, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA


Principal Investigators:

  • Alison Kriegel, PhD, FAHA
    Impact of Anti-Cancer Therapies (CTx) and Exercise on Immune and Endothelial Cells - Comparative Study of Black/African American vs. White Breast Cancer Patients

  • Andreas Beyer, PhD, FAHA
    Defining Differences in Endothelial Function and Response to Anti-Cancer Therapy (CTx) among a Diverse Population of Women with Breast Cancer

  • Kirsten Beyer, PhD
    Taking Charge During Treatment: Exercise to Improve Fitness and Quality of Life among Diverse Breast Cancer Survivors

University of Pennsylvanie

Research Focus:
Understanding and Reducing Racial Disparities in High Risk Cardio-Oncology Communities

Center Director:
Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE

Training Director:
Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA


Principal Investigators:

  • Nazish Sayed, MD, PhD
    Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA
    The Role of Genomic Ancestry in Mediating Breast and Prostate Cancer Therapy Cardiotoxicity

  • Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE
    Phenotyping the Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Health in Cancer Patients and Survivors

  • Alexander Fanaroff, MD
    Saro Armenian, DO, MPH
    Increasing Physical Activity to Improve Cardiovascular Health in Racially Diverse Cancer Survivor Communities