Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH

Professor in Residence

Michelle A. Albert is a Professor in Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Research Center). She was the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Professor/Chair and Chief of Cardiology at Howard University. Albert is a graduate of Haverford College, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and completed Internal Medicine Residency and was also Chief Resident in Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Albert then completed Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she rose in the ranks to an Associate Professor in Medicine.
Her clinical expertise involves taking care of the most critically ill advanced heart disease patients, and preventive cardiology with a focus on vulnerable populations. From a research perspective, her research has followed a non-traditional, but bold path for cardiovascular disease (CVD) research -- first characterizing the predictive capability of novel inflammatory and thrombotic biomarkers of CVD risk at the population level, to identifying how noted relationships vary by important social and demographic characteristics, and now to defining the mechanisms of differential cardiovascular disease risk across the life-course in children, older populations, women and racial/ethnic minorities exposed to adversity, i.e “the biology of adversity”.
She was Vice-President and Board Member of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Qualification of Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Chronic Disease and serves as a reviewer for multiple journals including currently as Associate Editor at Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology (ATVB), a member of the Editorial Board of Circulation and as Section Editor for Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. Dr Albert is also a member of the Association of University Cardiologists. She served/s on several national committees of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) including as a member of the Epidemiology Council, the AHA National Research Committee, Executive Committee-Clinical Cardiology Council, SACC, AHA Executive Database Steering Committee (Chair), Sarnoff Foundation Scientific Board and is a current Board Member and is President-Elect, AHA San Francisco/Bay Area Board.
A recipient of multiple research awards, including multi-million dollar R01 funding from the NIH and funding from RWJ, Kellogg and Doris Duke Foundations, Dr. Albert enjoys mentoring trainees at all levels across the United States and was nominated for the competitive 2011-2012 Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard Medical School. She is a recipient of Woman’s Day Magazine’s Red Dress Award (2014), received the Haverford College Alumni Award (2015) and is the recipient of the 2016 Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the AHA. She is one of two recipients of the prestigious 2018 AHA Merit award for visionary research.


RelationshipBetween Psychosocial Stressors and Atrial Fibrillation in Women >45 Years of Age.

The American journal of cardiology

Westcott SK, Beach LY, Matsushita F, Albert CM, Chatterjee N, Wong J, Williams DR, Vinayagamoorthy M, Buring JE, Albert MA

Association between neighborhood-level socioeconomic deprivation and incident hypertension: A longitudinal analysis of data from the Dallas heart study.

American heart journal

Claudel SE, Adu-Brimpong J, Banks A, Ayers C, Albert MA, Das SR, de Lemos JA, Leonard T, Neeland IJ, Rivers JP, Powell-Wiley TM

Impact of Body Mass Index on Heart Failure by Race/Ethnicity From the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) Registry.

JACC. Heart failure

Powell-Wiley TM, Ngwa J, Kebede S, Lu D, Schulte PJ, Bhatt DL, Yancy C, Fonarow GC, Albert MA

Cardiovascular Health in African Americans: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.


Carnethon MR, Pu J, Howard G, Albert MA, Anderson CAM, Bertoni AG, Mujahid MS, Palaniappan L, Taylor HA, Willis M, Yancy CW

Cumulative psychological stress and cardiovascular disease risk in middle aged and older women: Rationale, design, and baseline characteristics.

American heart journal

Albert MA, Durazo EM, Slopen N, Zaslavsky AM, Buring JE, Silva T, Chasman D, Williams DR

Psychosocial Factors and Hypertension: A Review of the Literature.

Cardiology clinics

Cuevas AG, Williams DR, Albert MA

Positive childhood experiences and ideal cardiovascular health in midlife: Associations and mediators.

Preventive medicine

Slopen N, Chen Y, Guida JL, Albert MA, Williams DR

Temporal Trends in Care and Outcomes of Patients Receiving Fibrinolytic Therapy Compared to Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From the Get With The Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Registry.

Journal of the American Heart Association

Hira RS, Bhatt DL, Fonarow GC, Heidenreich PA, Ju C, Virani SS, Bozkurt B, Petersen LA, Hernandez AF, Schwamm LH, Eapen ZJ, Albert MA, Liang L, Matsouaka RA, Peterson ED, Jneid H

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status in Relation to Serum Biomarkers in the Black Women's Health Study.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Cozier YC, Albert MA, Castro-Webb N, Coogan PF, Ridker P, Kaufman HW, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L

Emotional and instrumental support during childhood and biological dysregulation in midlife.

Preventive medicine

Slopen N, Chen Y, Priest N, Albert MA, Williams DR

Racial Disparities in Child Adversity in the U.S.: Interactions With Family Immigration History and Income.

American journal of preventive medicine

Slopen N, Shonkoff JP, Albert MA, Yoshikawa H, Jacobs A, Stoltz R, Williams DR

Childhood adversity, adult neighborhood context, and cumulative biological risk for chronic diseases in adulthood.

Psychosomatic medicine

Slopen N, Non A, Williams DR, Roberts AL, Albert MA

Early results of Massachusetts healthcare reform on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular care.


Albert MA, Ayanian JZ, Silbaugh TS, Lovett A, Resnic F, Jacobs A, Normand SL

Cardiac sarcoidosis: case report, workup, and review of the literature.

Cardiology and therapy

Plitt A, Dorbala S, Albert MA, Giugliano RP

Relationship between perceptions about neighborhood environment and prevalent obesity: data from the Dallas Heart Study.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Powell-Wiley TM, Ayers CR, de Lemos JA, Lakoski SG, Vega GL, Grundy S, Das SR, Banks-Richard K, Albert MA

Psychosocial stressors and cigarette smoking among African American adults in midlife.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Slopen N, Dutra LM, Williams DR, Mujahid MS, Lewis TT, Bennett GG, Ryff CD, Albert MA

Socioeconomic status and incident type 2 diabetes mellitus: data from the Women's Health Study.

PloS one

Lee TC, Glynn RJ, Peña JM, Paynter NP, Conen D, Ridker PM, Pradhan AD, Buring JE, Albert MA

Biomarkers and heart disease.

Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Albert MA

The VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL): rationale and design of a large randomized controlled trial of vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acid supplements for the primary prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Contemporary clinical trials

Manson JE, Bassuk SS, Lee IM, Cook NR, Albert MA, Gordon D, Zaharris E, Macfadyen JG, Danielson E, Lin J, Zhang SM, Buring JE

Body size misperception: a novel determinant in the obesity epidemic.

Archives of internal medicine

Powell TM, de Lemos JA, Banks K, Ayers CR, Rohatgi A, Khera A, McGuire DK, Berry JD, Albert MA, Vega GL, Grundy SM, Das SR

Early life adversity and inflammation in African Americans and whites in the midlife in the United States survey.

Psychosomatic medicine

Slopen N, Lewis TT, Gruenewald TL, Mujahid MS, Ryff CD, Albert MA, Williams DR

Perceptions of race/ethnic discrimination in relation to mortality among Black women: results from the Black Women's Health Study.

Archives of internal medicine

Albert MA, Cozier Y, Ridker PM, Palmer JR, Glynn RJ, Rose L, Halevy N, Rosenberg L

Cardiovascular risk indicators and perceived race/ethnic discrimination in the Dallas Heart Study.

American heart journal

Albert MA, Ravenell J, Glynn RJ, Khera A, Halevy N, de Lemos JA

The effect of statin therapy on lipoprotein associated phospholipase A2 levels.


Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Wolfert RL, Ridker PM

Effect of physical activity on serum C-reactive protein.

The American journal of cardiology

Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM