Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH

Professor in Residence
Medicine

Dr. Michelle A. Albert, MD MPH 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 Center). 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. 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, mentored by Dr. Paul M. Ridker in his research group. She was previously the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Professor/Chair and Chief of Cardiology at Howard University.

Dr. Albert maintains an active clinical practice. Her clinical expertise involves both taking care of the most critically ill heart disease patients and preventive cardiology at UCSF. As a physician-scientist-epidemiologist, Dr. Albert is engaged in cutting-edge research that innovatively seeks to incorporate “biology” with social determinants of health to transform CVD science and healthcare of global populations, i.e “the biology of adversity”. Her research has followed a bold, non-traditional path for cardiovascular disease research. A central component of her current work focuses on developing innovative implementation strategies to curb adversity related CVD risk, particularly in women and racial/ethnic minorities. She is recipient of multiple research awards including NIH R01 funding, as well as funding from RWJ (Harold Amos Scholar), Kellogg and Doris Duke Foundations. She is one of two recipients nationally of the prestigious 2018 AHA Merit award for visionary research, and is the first woman and under-represented minority person to receive this award.

Dr. Albert is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC); she is the current Vice-President of AUC. She is an Associate Editor at Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology (ATVB), serves on the Editorial Board of Circulation and is a Section Editor for Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports.

Albert currently serves as a member of the NHLBI Board of External Experts (BEE), 2019 ACC/AHA Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines committee and as a standing committee member of NIH study section - Mechanisms, Emotion, Sleep & Health (MESH). She also served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Qualification of Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Chronic Disease.

She is currently President-elect of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), President of the American Heart Association (AHA) San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley Board of Directors. Additionally, Dr. Albert has served/serves on multiple national AHA iand American College of Cardiology (ACC) committees and currently sits on the Sarnoff Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Albert enjoys mentoring trainees at all levels across the United States. She was a nominee for the competitive 2011-2012 Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard Medical School and the recipient of the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the AHA (2016). She received the ACC Heart of Women’s Health Credo Award (2012), Woman’s Day Magazine’s Red Dress Award (2014), the 2018 Daniel D. Savage Science Award (ABC’s highest honor) and the Haverford College Alumni Award (2015) -- given to an alumnus whose “work typifies the values of the college and is of outstanding service to humanity”.

Publications: 

Disparities in Cardiovascular Medicine: Circulation's Response.

Circulation

Hill JA, Albert MA, Carnethon MR, Watson KE

Pulling at the heart: COVID-19, race/ethnicity and ongoing disparities.

Nature reviews. Cardiology

Chin-Hong P, Alexander KM, Haynes N, Albert MA

Coronary Artery Disease.

Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology

Agrawal H, Choy HK, Liu J, Auyoung M, Albert MA

Age-Stratified Sex Disparities in Care and Outcomes in Patients with ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction.

The American journal of medicine

Liu J, Elbadawi A, Elgendy IY, Megaly M, Ogunbayo GO, Krittanawong C, Tamis-Holland JE, Ballantyne CM, Khalid MU, Virani S, Gulati M, Albert M, Bozkurt B, Jneid H

Racial disparities in the utilization and outcomes of transcatheter mitral valve repair: Insights from a national database.

Cardiovascular revascularization medicine : including molecular interventions

Elbadawi A, Mahmoud K, Elgendy IY, Elzeneini M, Megaly M, Ogunbayo G, Omer MA, Albert M, Kapadia S, Jneid H

Cardiovascular Disease-Related Pregnancy Complications Are Associated with Increased Maternal Levels and Trajectories of Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers During and After Pregnancy.

Journal of women's health (2002)

Parikh NI, Laria B, Nah G, Singhal M, Vittinghoff E, Vieten C, Stotland N, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Albert MA, Epel E

Sleep debt: the impact of weekday sleep deprivation on cardiovascular health in older women.

Sleep

Cabeza de Baca T, Chayama KL, Redline S, Slopen N, Matsushita F, Prather AA, Williams DR, Buring JE, Zaslavsky AM, Albert MA

Financial strain and ideal cardiovascular health in middle-aged and older women: Data from the Women's health study.

American heart journal

Cabeza de Baca T, Burroughs Peña MS, Slopen N, Williams D, Buring J, Albert MA

Cumulative Psychosocial Stress and Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Older Women: Data by Race/Ethnicity.

Circulation

Burroughs-Peña MS, Mbassa RS, Slopen NB, Williams DR, Buring J, Albert MA

Ignored in Plain Sight.

Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes

Albert MA

2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.

Circulation

Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B

2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Executive Summary.

Circulation

Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B

2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Executive Summary: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B

2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B

Abstract P085: Extremes of Sleep Duration and Type II Diabetes in Older Women Participating in the Women’s Health Study.

Circulation

Jonathan Z Butler, Natalie Slopen, Susan Redline, Mercedes Carnethon, David R Williams, Tiffany M Powell-Wiley, Aruna Pradhan, Julie Buring, Michelle A Albert

Abstract P268: Long and Short Sleep and Obesity in the Women’s Health Study.

Circulation

Eva M Durazo, Tiffany M Powell-Wiley, Susan Redline, Natalie Slopen, Aric Prather, David R Williams, Julie E Buring, Michelle A Albert

2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines on the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Hypertension

Donna K. Arnett, Roger S. Blumenthal, Michelle A. Albert, Andrew B. Buroker, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Zachary Der. Goldberger, Ellen J. Hahn, Amit Khera, Donald Lloyd-Jones, J. William McEvoy, Erin D. Michos, Michael D. Miedema, Muñoz Daniel, Sidney C. Smith Sidney C. Smith, Salim S. Virani, Kim A. Williams, Yeboah Joseph, Boback Ziaeian

Psychosocial Stress, the Unpredictability Schema, and Cardiovascular Disease in Women.

Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications

Tomás Cabeza de Baca, Michelle A. Albert

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

Parity, Job Strain, and Cardiovascular Risk in the Women’s Health Study.

Current cardiovascular risk reports

Eva M. Durazo, Tomás Cabeza de Baca, Natalie Slopen, Nisha I. Parikh, Julie E. Buring, Robert J. Glynn, Michelle A. Albert

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.

Circulation

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

Ethnic Enclaves and Type II Diabetes: a Focus on Latino/Hispanic Americans.

Current cardiovascular risk reports

Eva M. Durazo, Rachel S. Mbassa, Michelle A. Albert

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

TEMPORAL TRENDS IN CARE AND OUTCOMES OF PATIENTS RECEIVING FIBRINOLYTIC THERAPY COMPARED TO PRIMARY PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION IN THE GET WITH THE GUIDELINES CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (GWTG-CAD) REGISTRY.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Ravi S. Hira, Deepak Bhatt, Gregg Fonarow, Paul Heidenreich, Christine Ju, Salim Virani, Adrian Hernandez, Lee Schwamm, Zubin Eapen, Michelle Albert, Eric Peterson, Hani Jneid

Job Burnout, Job Strain (Stress), and Cardiovascular Disease: Selected Review.

Heart Disease in Women

Aryana Jacobs, Zinzi Bailey, Michelle Albert

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.

Circulation

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

Cumulative Psychological Stress and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Focused Review with Consideration of Black-White Disparities.

Current cardiovascular risk reports

Michelle A. Albert, Natalie Slopen, David R. Williams

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

Trait anxiety and glucose metabolism in people without diabetes: vulnerabilities among black women.

Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association

Tsenkova VK, Albert MA, Georgiades A, Ryff CD

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

Trait anxiety and glucose metabolism in people without diabetes: vulnerabilities among black women.

Diabetic Medicine

V K. Tsenkova, M A. Albert, A Georgiades, C D. Ryff

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

Chapter 9 Primary Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease.

Cardiovascular Therapeutics

Judith Meadows, Jacqueline Suk Danik, Michelle A. Albert

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

Atherosclerosis

Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Wolfert RL, Ridker PM

Surgical treatment of a large left-main coronary artery aneurysm.

The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon

Unic D, Mihaljevic T, Leacche M, Gasparovic H, Albert MA, Byrne JG

Effect of physical activity on serum C-reactive protein.

The American journal of cardiology

Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM

The pravastatin inflammation CRP evaluation (PRINCE): rationale and design.

American heart journal

Albert MA, Staggers J, Chew P, Ridker PM

The role of C-reactive protein in cardiovascular disease risk.

Current cardiology reports

Albert MA, Ridker PM