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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

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 Health
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 Atlanta
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
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
Thomas J. Wang, MD
Friesinger Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute

2016-17 Research Subcommittees

  First Name Last Name Degree
Chair Steven Houser PhD
  Joey Barnett PhD
  Ivor Benjamin MD, FAHA, FACC
  Mercedes Carnethon PhD
  Mark Creager MD
  Bernie Dennis  
  Courtney Griffin PHD
  Elizabeth Harrington PHD
  Bjorn Knollmann MD, PhD
  Eldrin Lewis MD, MPH
  Jamie Lohr MD
  W. Robb MacLellan MD
  Carlos Rodriguez MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA
  Al Royse JD
  Nancy Rusch PhD
  Nerses Sanossian MD, FAHA
  Sean Stocker PhD, FAHA
  Natalia Trayanova PhD, PHRS, FAHA
  Omaida Velazquez MD, FACS
  David Van Wagoner PhD, FAHA, FHRS
  Nerses Sanossian MD, FAHA

  First Name Last Name Degree
Chair Jane Freedman MD, FAHA
  Norrina Allen PhD
  Russell Debose-Boyd PhD
  Kirk Knowlton MD
  Owen McCarty PhD, FAHA
  Vinay Nadkarni MD, MS
  Susan Smyth MD, PhD
  Patricia Sullivan PhD
  Omaida Velazquez MD, FACS

  First Name Last Name Degree
Chair Adrian Hernandez MD, MHS, FAHA
  Marco Brotto BSN, MS, PhD
  Glenn Fishman MD, FAHA
  John Flack MD, MPH
  Paul Heidenreich MD, MS
  Laura Mauri MD, MSc
  William Mahle MD, FAHA
  Sara Pasquali MD, MHS
  William Roach JD
  Leslee Shaw PhD, FACC, FASNC, FAHA
  Jennifer Van Eyk PhD

  First Name Last Name Degree
Chair Sandra Harris-Hooker PHD
  Eldin Lewis MD, MPD
  G. Paul Matherne MD, MBA
  Paul Muntner PhD, BS, MHS
  Marco Perez MD
  Erika Piedras-Renteria PhD
  Thomas Resta PhD
  Debbie Yelon PhD
  Lani Zimmerman PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

  First Name Last Name Degree
Chair Joseph Loscalzo MD, PhD
Vice Chair Thomas Wang MD
  Deepak Bhatt MD, MPH
  Barry London MD, PhD, FAHA
  Alison Mudditt  
  Minang Turakhia MD, MAS
  Celina Mei Young MD
Ex-Officio Ivor Benjamin MD, FAHA, FACC
Ex-Officio Robert Carey MD, FAHA

  First Name Last Name Degree
Chair Joseph Wu MD, PhD
  Joe Broderick MD
  Joshua Hare MD, FACC, FAHA
  Myron Hinsdale PhD
  Michael Kalichmann PhD
  Debra Lockwood BSA, MBA
  Sean Wu MD, PhD, FACC
  Paul Knoepfler PhD
  Rose Marie Robertson MD, FAHA
Ex-Officio Greg Donaldson  
  Suzanne Grant