Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FAHA
Dr. Michelle Albert is president-elect of the American Heart Association (AHA) for 2021-22, a professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and Associate Dean for Admissions for UCSF Medical School. She previously served as the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Professor/Chair and Chief of Cardiology at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Albert is a trailblazing clinician-scientist-epidemiologist who is transforming population research and inspiring the next generation of cardiologists and scientists. As director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center), she is leading new discoveries on the effects of heart disease, and COVID-19, on diverse and vulnerable populations. Her investigations include how social support and learning opportunities in childhood cultivate resilience and the ability to adhere to healthy habits later in life.
In her role as President of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Dr. Albert is helping to promote the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in blacks and other minorities. She also serves as a member of the NHLBI Board of External Experts (BEE), 2019 ACC/AHA Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines committee and is a standing committee member of the NIH study section on Mechanisms, Emotion, Sleep & Health (MESH).
Her many significant contributions over her career have earned Dr. Albert top honors from numerous organizations, including the American Heart Association’s Population Science Research Award (2020), COVID-19 Rapid Track Science Grant (2020), Merit Award (2018), and Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award (2016).
Dr. Albert is a graduate of Haverford College (Chemistry), the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. She completed Internal Medicine Residency and was a Chief Medical Resident at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and completed a Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She became president-elect of the American Heart Association in 2021.