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.

2021-22 AHA Research Committee

2020-21 AHA Research Committee
Joseph Wu, MD, PhD
Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Daniel W. Jones, MD, FAHA
Director of Clinical and Population Sciences
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Matthew Allison MD, MPH, FAHA  
Professor & Chief
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Walter J. Koroshetz, MD
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Mary Ann Bauman, MD
Former Medical Director
INTEGRIS Health (retired)
Jamie Lohr, MD, FAHA
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC
AHA Past President
Professor of Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Cell Biology, and Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
William Mahle MD, FAHA
Co-chief, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center
Professor of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Maria C. Carrillo, PhD
Chief Science Officer
Alzheimer’s Association
Keisa W. Mathis, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor
University of North Texas Health Science Center
April P. Carson, PhD, MSPH, FAHA
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
Louise D. McCullough, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Chief of Neurology, Memorial Hermann Hospital
Esa Davis, MD, MPH, FAAFP 
Director, UPMC Tobacco Treatment
Associate Professor of Medicine & Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh
Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center
Meredith Fort, PhD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
Colorado School of Public Health
William H. Roach, Jr., MS, JD
Retired Partner
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Karen L. Furie, MD, MPH
Neurologist-in-Chief, Rhode Island, Miriam & Bradley Hospital
Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Chair of Neurology
School of Brown University
Carlos J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA
Vice-Chair, Academic Affairs for Cardiology 
Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
David C. Goff Jr., MD, PhD, FACP, FAHA
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Mintu Turakhia, MD, MAS, FHRS FACC, FAHA
Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
R. Ariel Gomez, MD, FAHA
Harrison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Biology
Director, NIDDK Center of Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Thomas J. Wang, MD, FAHA
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine 
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nathaniel D. Jenkins, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiology
Director, Integrative Laboratory of Applied Physiology and Lifestyle Medicine
University of Iowa