About Us

The CRF Women’s Heart Health Initiative was founded to help reduce gender disparity in cardiovascular care using a two-pronged approach: advocating for increased female representation in clinical trials and raising awareness about women and heart disease through Mini-Med School educational seminars.

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"Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of women -- yet many are unaware of their own risk factors, and how to manage them."

Nisha Jhalani, MD
Director, CRF Women’s Heart Health Initiative

Advisory Committee


Nisha Jhalani, MD
Director, CRF Women's Heart
Health Initiative

  • Ann Acierno
  • Doreen Berne
  • Gail Blanke
  • Irma Damhuis
  • Colette Y. Gardner
  • Martin B. Leon, MD
  • Roxana Mehran, MD
  • Marlene Berne Woldenberg
  • Marvin L. Woodall
  • Melana Yuzefpolskaya, MD

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What if it's not nothing? Author and Lifestyle Coach Gail Blanke shares the story of her experience with heart disease.

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