Medical Director, Women’s Heart Program Providence Heart Institute
Education and training
- Cornell University
- Brigham & Women’s Hospital /
- Harvard Medical School
- Johns Hopkins University
I was born and raised in Portland and volunteered in high school as a candy striper at Providence. I believe in Providence’s Mission of caring for the poor and the vulnerable, and I’m grateful to work alongside world-caliber colleagues who provide the highest quality care and push the envelope of innovation.
What’s your dream for Providence Heart Institute?
As the highest-volume cardiac health system in Oregon, Providence is uniquely positioned as the leader in high-quality care. That means we must continue to lead in cardiac prevention and wellness, both for the broader community and especially for women and underserved groups.
What are your hobbies?
I have three young children, so my time away from work is devoted to quality time with them. I participate in their school events, take them to sports activities and garden with them. I also enjoy taking my infant to Mommy & Me yoga classes.
Who were your mentors?
Dr. Steven Schulman and Dr. Nisha Chandra-Strobos at Johns Hopkins and Dr. Donald Girard at OHSU taught me the science of medicine and cardiology. More importantly, they taught me that humanity and humility are the foundation of our daily work in caring for people
What’s a favorite Providence memory?
We took care of a young mother who had a severe heart attack due to a rare condition that is much more common in women. We helped her survive and recover from her heart attack so she can see her son grow up.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
The generosity of our donors allows Providence to provide clinical and prevention services as part of the Providence Women’s Heart program. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, and 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. Our goal at Providence Heart Institute is to empower women with the knowledge and tools to live a life of wellness.