Volunteer Structure

Volunteer scientists establish and direct the American Heart Association's research policies and programs. In partnership with science volunteers, AHA staff provide administrative support to implement the plans.

The AHA Research Committee and Subcommittees are composed of research volunteers nominated by affiliates and scientific councils. The AHA Research Committee ensures that all research award programs are administered according to published standards. The AHA Research Committee recommends research policy for the association, ensures quality peer review through a consistent process and evaluates program success.

Subcommittees, made up of AHA Research Committee members and other volunteers, are responsible for the oversight of:

  • Maintaining a progressive portfolio of award offerings
  • Recommending allocation of funds based upon program priorities and the scientific merit of applications.
  • Long-range planning.
  • Topics relevant to the scientific community.
  • Strategic partnerships with other organizations.

Peer Review Committees with expertise in particular scientific areas conduct the actual evaluation of scientific merit of research applications.

Peer Review Committees include scientist volunteers who have experience in biomedical, clinical, population, and translational research. The chairman and co-chairman of each committee are responsible for recruiting members familiar with the science that will be reviewed. All association Peer Review Committees must adhere to association-wide standards established for peer review.

One element of the AHA’s strategic research direction is the inclusion of lay reviewers to the peer review process. A lay reviewer may be assigned to assess an application’s potential impact on the AHA mission. Lay reviewers are individuals without formal training as scientists who have strong interest in advancing the prevention and/or management of heart diseases and stroke and assisting in review of American Heart Association research applications.

2018-19 AHA Research Committee

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD
Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Brooke Aggarwal, EdD, MS, CHES
Associate Research Scientist
Columbia University Medical Center
Matthew Allison MD, MPH, FAHA
Professor & Interim Chief
University of California, San Diego
Mary Ann Bauman, MD
Medical Director
Sonal Bhatia, MD
Vice President
Pfizer Innovative Healt
Maria C. Carrillo, PhD
Chief Science Officer
Alzheimer's Association
Esa Davis, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Director, UPMC Tobacco Treatment
Associate Professor of Medicine & Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh
Meredith Fort, PhD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health
Colorado School of Public Health
David C. Goff Jr., MD, PhD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
R. Ariel Gomez, MD, FAHA
Harrison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Biology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Adrian Hernandez, MD, MPH
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA
President, AHA
Professor, Temple University
Daniel W. Jones, MD
Former Chancellor
University of Mississippi Medical Ctr
Miyong Kim, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA
Associate Vice President, Community Health Engagement
- University of Texas at Austin
La Quinta Centennial Endowed Professor
University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
Walter J. Koroshetz, MD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
William Mahle MD, FAHA
Children’s Healthcare of Atlant
Keisa W. Mathis, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center
Thomas J. Wang, MD
Friesinger Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
William H. Roach, Jr.
Retired Partner
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Carlos J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA
Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Mintu Turakhia, MD, MAS, FHRS FACC, FAHA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Executive Director, Stanford Center for Digital Health
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

2018-19 Research Subcommittees

Bioethics Subcommittee

William H. Roach, Jr., MS, JD
Retired Partner
McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Vice Chairperson:
Sean M. Wu, MD, PhD, FACC
Cardiovascular Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Myron Hinsdale, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Physiological Sciences Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Michael Kalichman, PhD
Research Ethics Program
University of California, San Diego
Lay Stakeholder:
Debra W Lockwood, BSA, MBA, CPA
President and CFO
Provident Resources Group
M. William Lensch, PhD
Dean’s Chief of Staff
Harvard Medical School
Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Associate Professor of Medicine
Departments of Medicine and Genetics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Rose Marie Robertson, MD, FAHA
Chief Science & Medical Officer
American Heart Association
Daniela Valdez-Jasso, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
University of California at San Diego

Open Science Subcommittee

Thomas J. Wang, MD
Friesinger Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
Scientific Publishing Representative
Matthew Allison, MD, MPH, FAHA
Professor and Interim Chief
Division of Preventive Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California San Diego
Scientific Publishing Representative
Gregory L. Burke, MD, MSc
Professor and Chair, Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Scientific Publishing Representative
Angela Cochran
Director, Journals
American Society of Civil Engineers
Research Representative
Juan Crestenello, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Scientific Publishing Representative
Susan King, PhD
Executive Director
Rockefeller University Press
Research Representative
Celina Mei Yong, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University
Scientific Publishing Representative
Karen Young, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Ex-Officio Members

Research Committee Chairperson:
Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA
Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Professor, Dept of Medicine/Cardiology & Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Scientific Publishing Committee Chairperson:
N. A. Mark Estes, III, MD
Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Tufts Medical Center

Peer Review Subcommittee

L. Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Co-Director, Duke Cardiac Care Unit
Duke University Medical Center
Norrina Allen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine -- Epidemiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Russell DeBose-Boyd, PhD
Professor of Molecular Genetics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Jonathan Butler, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Medicine- Cardiology
University of California, San Francisco
Owen McCarty, PhD, FAHA
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Oregon Health & Science University
Timothy A. McKinsey, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
University of Colorado, Denver
Lay Stakeholder:
Deby Pitts
Urban Muse
John J. Ryan, MD, FACC, FAHA
Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine
Omaida C. Velazquez, MD, FACS
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Stella L. Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM
Professor and Chair
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Drexel University

Portfolio Management Subcommittee

Miyong Kim, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA Associate Vice President,
Community Health Engagement
La Quinta Centennial Endowed Professor,
School of Nursing
University of Texas at Austin
Lay Stakeholder:
Rita Hernandez-Figi
Vice President of Human Resource Services
Eldrin F. Lewis, MD, MPH, FACC
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
G. Paul Matherne MD, MBA
Dammann Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Associate Chief Medical Officer
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
Louise D. McCullough, MD, PhD
Roy M. & Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair
Chief of Neurology, Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center (TMC)
Co-director, Mischer Neuroscience Institute
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School
Paul Muntner, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Epidemiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Marco Perez, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center
Erika Piedras-Rentería, PhD
Associate Professor
Cell & Molecular Physiology
Loyola University Chicago
Kathryn Sandberg, PhD
Director, CSD
Professor, Nephrology & HTN
PhD Program Director, Physiology
Georgetown University Medical Center

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