JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, FAHA
Medical Director, BWH Cardiovascular Wellness Service
JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, FAHA, is the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Service and Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Editor in Chief of the American College of Cardiology's CardioSmart website. Dr. Foody has active and international roles in cardiac disease prevention and rehabilitation with a particular focus on women and heart disease. Her research has focused on identifying and fostering greater use of clinical strategies that prevent adverse cardiovascular events in people with and without coronary artery disease.
Dr. Foody received her BA from Princeton University in 1986, and her MD from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her internal medicine training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and training in general cardiology and preventive cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Foody is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
Director, BWH Cardiovascular Wellness Service
Annette Rubin is the Director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Center and Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, particularly in the areas of program planning, fundraising, public relations, marketing and organizational development. From 1997 until 2005 she served as President of Executive Service Corps of New England, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that provides consulting services and resources to New England's nonprofit community. In this role, she led the organization through a period of extensive growth, restructuring and expansion into new markets. Before joining ESC, Annette was a key player in the growth and development of Project Bread/Walk for Hunger as Deputy Director and Interim Executive Director.
Annette holds a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University Graduate School of Urban Planning and Policy Development and a Bachelor's Degree from Clark University.
Ron Blankstein, MD, FACC
Co-Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship
Ron Blankstein, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist specializing in preventive cardiology and cardiovascular imaging. He is the co-Director of the Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship training program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Blankstein has extensive expertise in multiple modalities used in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, including cardiac MRI, CT, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Dr. Blankstein’s clinical interests include the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of coronary artery disease. As an active investigator for the Multi Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), he is interested in the identification of early risk markers for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Blankstein completed his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Chicago. He also completed specialized training in cardiac CT and MRI at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Blankstein is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Daniel Forman, MD
Director, BWH Cardiac Rehabilitation
Daniel Forman is Director of the BWH Cardiac Rehabilitation and its new program at the BW/MG Health Care Center at Foxborough. He has broad expertise in exercise therapy and lifestyle modification for those with cardiovascular disease; with a long track record of related research in exercise for coronary artery disease, heart failure, cognition, optimal aging, and healthcare disparities. Dr. Forman also directs the BWH Exercise Testing Laboratory, with extensive expertise in stress testing, and particular interest in measuring functional capacity as means to diagnose and gauge risk from cardiovascular disease and aging.
Dr. Forman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Council of Cardiovascular Care and a member of the American Heart Association’s Committee on Cardiac Rehabilitation & Secondary Prevention.
Communications Specialist, Cardiovascular Wellness Service
Caitlin Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management with a related concentration in Business Studies from Providence College in 2008, and is currently obtaining her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. As the Communications Specialist of the Cardiovascular Wellness Service, she is responsible for oversight of the communications and research aspects of the Service's community outreach, employee wellness, and prevention research programs.
Director, Department of Nutrition
Kathy McManus is the Director of the Department of Nutrition and the Director of the Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition, she serves as the Director of Nutrition and Behavior Modification Programs for the Program for Weight Management at the Brigham and recently served as a Co-Investigator on an NIH funded obesity study, POUNDS (Preventing Obesity Using Novel Dietary Strategies) Lost. The results of this study were published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Ms. McManus is a faculty member of the Healthy Kitchen's Healthy Lives program, designed to teach physicians the most current science of nutrition combined with culinary experience, and serves on a number of leadership committees including the Brigham and Women's Hospital Women's Health Center's Medical Leadership Committee, the Diabetes Advisory Committee, and the Obesity Research Committee. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association.
Fidencio Saldana, MD, MPH
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Fidencio Saldana, MD, MPH is a clinical cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner Hospitals and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Saldana's interests include reducing disparities in cardiovascular disease. He plays an active role in reaching out to the surrounding Spanish speaking community and is interested in implementing preventive strategies in this at risk population.
Dr. Saldana received his BA from Stanford University in 1995, his MD from Harvard Medical School in 2001, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. He completed his internal medicine, general cardiology, preventive cardiology, and cardiovascular imaging training at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Aileen Sauris, MS, ANP
Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Wellness Service
Aileen Sauris, MS, ANP, joined the Cardiovascular Wellness Service in 2011 to help coordinate multidisciplinary care for the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease. Aileen received a Bachelor of Science in 1991 from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master of Science from the Adult Health Program at SUNY Stony Brook in 1995. She has over 15 years of experience in cardiovascular patient management, beginning Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, where she assisted in the development of an in-patient NP Cardiology service which provided collaborative care to patients on General Cardiology, Heart failure, Electrophysiology and Cardiac Cath lab services. She then joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2003, becoming an integral member of the Advanced Heart Disease Division. In her practice, one of her main areas of interest has been providing cardiovascular education and awareness for the Hispanic community. Her bilingual skills have been an asset in providing integral cardiovascular care and education for Hispanic patients.
Patricia Timmons, M.Ed.
Project Coordinator, Cardiovascular Wellness Service
Patricia Timmons, M.Ed., joined the Cardiovascular Wellness Service in December 2011 to help manage and coordinate our community outreach and employee wellness programs. She brings more than 5 years of program planning and management in the non-profit sector. Patricia also brings her focus on health and wellness in the minority communities by providing programs on heart disease prevention.
In 2012, Patricia was selected as Partners YMCA Achievers, a community service award to employees that focus on social responsibility and creating a college-bound culture to the youth. She has been working with communities to help minority families, especially women and children, become educated on their health. Patricia received her Bachelor of Science in 2005 from Coppin State University and a Master of Education from Cambridge College in 2008. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Yun Wang, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Biostatistics
Yun Wang, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health. His research areas include developing very large complex information systems and applying statistical modeling techniques to such systems for information analyses, information security, and patient private protection. He was a senior biostatistician and information specialist at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale University and Yale-New Haven Health System, where he has been the lead biostatistician for many national projects under the contract for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including 30-day risk-adjustment mortality models for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke, as well as 30-day mortality measure maintenance tasks and the national Medicare surveillance task.
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