Professional membership is made up of CV professionals who participate in discovery and dissemination of science through 16 Scientific Councils.
AHA Professional Membership is made up of a robust group of cardiovascular professionals who participate in discovery and dissemination of science. Within the membership group, we have 16 different scientific councils, each unique in their own way, which are sure to coincide with your cardiovascular specialties and classifications.
AHA Professional Members affiliate and interact with one or more of these scientific councils that match their specialty or classification, depending on the membership level selected.
The Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) contributes to the mission and objectives of the American Heart Association (AHA) through efforts in the fields of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology. The council advances and coordinates research, addresses prevention, improves methods for diagnosis and treatment, and works actively with other organizations concerned with these issues. The council disseminates reliable information related to these fields through its annual conference, many awards and lectures, and the AHA's journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD, FAHAChair, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
The American Heart Association (AHA) created the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) in 1999 to promote research and education. Our goal is to improve understanding of mechanisms of basic cardiovascular regulation to support the development of new therapies and insights into clinical cardiovascular disease. Special emphasis is placed on integrating molecular/cellular and physiological approaches to address problems relating to functional genomics, cell signaling, myocardial biology, circulatory physiology, pathophysiology and peripheral vascular disease.
Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHAChair, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences
The American Heart Association's (AHA) strategic goal to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 20 percent by the year 2020 has led to an emphasis on the importance of resuscitation and the chain of survival in AHA activities and use of resources. The Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR) bench-to-bedside and community approach ranges from integrated cardiopulmonary physiology to issues of critical care, emergency cardiovascular care and CPR. Pulmonary hypertension and regulation of the pulmonary circulation have historically been areas of investigation for many of our council members. The council is keenly interested in promoting approaches that include clinical care, clinical research and basic science.
This is an exciting time for the 3CPR Council; the past few years have seen growth in our membership and new programs, including the formation of a robust Early Career Committee and inclusion of pre-hospital providers into our activities and programming.
Fumito Ichinose, MD, PhD, FAHAChair, Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation
Through the valued expertise of our members we are able to accelerate the discovery, interpretation, and application of scientific knowledge to enhance cardiovascular health and treat cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The CVSN Council plays an essential role in the overall mission of American Heart Association through helping to develop scientific statements and advisories, determining the nature and scope of professional education activities, providing scientific expertise and conducting research as well as promoting translation/application of new knowledge and evidence-base practices in clinical settings.
Cynthia M. Dougherty, ARNP, PhD, FAHA, FAANChair, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
The mission of the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI) is to provide leadership to the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular, peripheral vascular and cerebrovascular diseases, using diagnostic and functional imaging and imaging-directed interventions.
Sanjay Misra, MD, FAHA, FSIRChair, Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention
Council members are American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers. CVSA includes surgeons, anesthesiologists and scientists interested in cardiac, vascular and thoracic interventions. The council is involved in a full range of American Heart Association activities, including basic science and clinical trials. Specific goals of the council are to improve application of established surgical procedures and anesthetic techniques, increase awareness of new issues in the field of cardiovascular surgery and anesthesia, and disseminate new knowledge to increase the number of patients who may benefit from safer and more effective surgical treatment.
Michael Fischbein, MD, PhDChair, Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia
The purpose of the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD) is to achieve the objectives of the American Heart Association (AHA) in the field of clinical cardiology, to promote excellence in clinical care and to foster the professional development and education of clinical cardiologists. Through council-sponsored symposia, panels and scientific conferences, members can access new developments in the field and interpret and promote clinical cardiology to professional and lay audiences.
Eldrin Lewis, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACCChair, Council on Clinical Cardiology
The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) focuses on population-based approaches to preventing cardiovascular diseases. The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Epidemiology and Prevention is to lead the discovery and translation of science related to the distribution and determinants of cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on population approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular health.
Veronique Roger, MD, MPH, FAHAChair, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
The mission of the American Heart Association Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM) is to advance the discovery and translation of biological insights gained from genetics and omics technologies to improve cardiovascular and brain health. Our constituency’s expertise spans across genetics, genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics, microbiome, bioinformatics, computational science, population health, clinical genetics and genomic medicine, with the ultimate goal of more precise risk prediction, treatment and prevention for patients and the population. Integral to the American Heart Association’s goals, the GPM Council provides a premier inter-disciplinary forum promoting and integrating new knowledge from molecules to populations in translational cardiovascular science and precision medicine.
Thomas J. Wang, MD, FAHAChair, Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine
The mission of the Council on Hypertension is "to foster excellence in hypertension research and education" in order to achieve the American Heart Association?s goal ?to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives." Hypertension remains a world-wide public-health challenge and is a leading cause of stroke, heart disease, and the progression of chronic kidney disease.
Karen A. Griffin, MD, FAHA, FASH, FASN, FACPChair, Council on Hypertension
The Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts) actively supports the mission to improve the health of children and adults with congenital heart disease and cardiovascular disease acquired during childhood through research, education, prevention and advocacy.
Sarah De Ferranti, MD, MPH, FAHAChair, Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young
The Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health promotes the expansion and exchange of knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving cardiovascular health across the lifespan. Our council promotes basic, clinical, epidemiological, and translational science related to nutrition, lipids, obesity, diabetes, physical activity, and behavior change.
Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FASN, FNLA, CLSChair, Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
The Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a vibrant, interdisciplinary council whose members are focused on improving the care of patients with vascular diseases through advancing science, education, advocacy, and improved healthcare delivery. To achieve our goals within the American Heart Association we need to continue to grow our membership and foster their active involvement in all of our educational programs and scientific initiatives. This means we need you!
Naomi Hamburg, MD, MS, FAHAChair, Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease
The Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) provides a forum for a multidisciplinary group of volunteers committed to making a substantial contribution to reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke through improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes.
William Borden, MD, FAHAChair, Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research
The American Heart Association (AHA) Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease (KCVD) mission is to reduce cardiovascular-related disability and death through research, communication, advocacy and education about the kidney.
Kidney disease is a major cause and a consequence of cardiovascular disease. Chronic renal insufficiency is thought to be an independent risk factor for developing hypertension, vascular disease, atherosclerosis and other morbidity and mortality risk factors. Patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes are also at high risk for developing kidney failure.
Vivek Bhalla, MD, FASN, FAHAChair, Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease
The American Heart Association's mission is "to be a relentless force for a world Longer, healthier lives." The Stroke Council, one of 16 scientific councils within the American Heart Association, is uniquely dedicated to advancing the science of stroke prevention, treatment and recovery through research and education.
Peter D. Panagos, MDChair, Stroke Council