Women in Cardiology


women in cardiology 2023

Below is a reference table that corresponds to the photo array above and provides the name and academic rank of the UCSF Division of Cardiology female faculty across all three clinical sites.

Elyse Foster, Professor

Goldschlager, Professor

Judith Wisneski, Professor

Teresa De Marco, Professor

Priscilla Hsue, Professor

Michelle Albert, Professor

Fleischmann, Professor

Rita Redberg, Professor

Cara Pellegrini, Professor 

Phoebe Ashley, Professor

Anne Thorson, Professor

Kirsten Tolstrup, Professor

Anna Beyer, Professor 

Mary Gray, Professor 

Rajni Rao, Professor

Roselle Abraham, 
Assoc. Professor

Eveline Stock, Assoc. Professor

Francesca Delling, 
Assoc. Professor

Aarthi Sabanayagam, Assoc. Professor

Anu Agarwal, Assoc. Professor

Rima Arnaout, Assoc. Professor

Shweta Motiwala, Assoc. Professor

Jaya Mallidi, Assoc. Professor

Alexis Beatty, Assoc. Professor


Amy Lin, Assoc. Professor

Ayesha Salahuddin, Asst. Professor

Catherine Dao, MSP Physician

Shalini Dixit, Asst. Professor

Leila Beach, Asst. Professor

Saate Shakil, Asst. Professor


WIC Faculty Listed by Specialty 

Advanced Heart Failure


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Interventional Cardiology


women in cardio
A group photo from the Women in Cardiology event hosted by Dr. Anna Beyer. This event brings together female faculty and fellows for conversations about career and life.

The WIC group was established in 2008 to promote the advancement and participation of women in medicine. It has served as a supportive space to share experiences, foster peer mentorship, and advocate for cultural change.  The mission of the UCSF WIC is to engage and promote women in leadership and build a community of support.

The WIC has partnered with division leadership to find solutions to support fellows and faculty. Some of these initiatives include mentorship opportunities, social engagements and the annual Women in Cardiology Trainee Event. 

Faculty Accomplishments

Due to space, we are highlighting national level accomplishments over the past 5 years.

Anu Agarwal helped to build the first national ACHD Registry in partnership with UCSF Eureka/Heart Research Alliance team.

Michelle A. Albert is the 86th Immediate-Past President of the American Heart Association (2022-2023). Dr. Albert is the Immediate-Past President of the Association of Black Cardiologists (2020-2022) and the Past 60th President of the Association of University Cardiologists (2021-2022). Dr. Albert serves/d as a member of the federal Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NHLBI Board of External Experts, 2019 ACC/AHA Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines committee and is a standing committee member of NIH study section – Mechanisms, Emotion, Sleep & Health. She delivered the American College of Cardiology Bishop Keynote Lecture and the American Heart Association Presidential Connor Lecture. In 2020, she received the American Heart Association Population Research Prize. In 2021, Dr. Albert was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine; she is also an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigators and the Association of American Physicians (2023). She was named one of Forbes 50 over 50 for 2022 in the category of Impact and she was featured on the Today Show, demonstrating CPR and providing important details on cardiac health numbers, as well as CBS Evening News talking about demographics of the cardiovascular workforce and in TIME Magazine Issue about the future of Medicine. The University of Rochester bestowed her with an Honorary Doctorate in Science in 2023. Dr. Albert also received the 2023 National Distinguished AHA Leadership Award and the Distinguished Epidemiology Achievement Award. In 2024, she was awarded the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Distinguished Scientist Award in Translational Research. 

Rima Arnaout was named one of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Medicine Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine. Dr. Arnaout was inducted into the 2023 Class of the AIMBE College of Fellows. She was the 2023 Feigenbaum Lecturer at the American Society of Echocardiography.

Francesca Delling was recognized as an Expertscape World Expert in Mitral Valve Prolapse.  

Teresa De Marco is a member of the UCSF Council of Master Clinicians. She has served as co-chair of the World Symposium Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Task force on PH and left heart disease. She serves on the Executive Committee of Women in Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Network and is co-chair of the Mentorship Committee. Dr. De Marco was the recipient of the Jenesis Trailblazer Award in Pulmonary Hypertension.

Nora Goldschlager was the 2020 recipient of the HRS (Heart Rhythm Society) Founders Lectureship Award and a past president of the society. She received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Cardiology award from the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Dr. Goldschlager won the 2022 Heart Rhythm Society's (HRS) President’s Award.

Priscilla Hsue was named Vice President American Clinical Investigators Society in 2023 and her role will transition to President in 2025. Dr. Hsue was elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2021.

Rita Redberg was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Redberg was the editor of JAMA Internal Medicine for 14 years, 2009 to 2023. She served on The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2012 - 2018. Dr. Redberg started the AHA’s Women in Cardiology Committee and served as its inaugural Chair until 1998.

Women in Cardiology Trainee Events

Held annually every October

Audience: All women cardiologists, fellows, residents, medical students, undergraduate and high school students.




Saturday, October 28, 2023

A joint UCSF and California Chapter of American College of Cardiology event

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karol Watson
"The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Journey Towards Creating a Diverse Cardiology Work Force"

Panelists from UCSF include Jaya Mallidi, Aarthi Sabanayagam and Amy Fiedler, from UCSF Cardiothoracic Surgery. 

Moderators: Allison Kratka and Leila Haghighat

2022 UCSF WIC event

Saturday, October 15, 2022

A joint UCSF and California Chapter of American College of Cardiology event

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Martha Gulati
“Women in Cardiology: Using Our Strengths to Overcome our Challenges”

Jaya Mallidi and Anu Agarwal helped organize the event. Anita Moon-Grady, from Pediatric Cardiology, talked about “Navigating Motherhood,” and Priscilla Hsue was one of the panel members on “Life in the Week of a Woman Cardiologist.” UCSF fellows Luisa Cuiffo and Anjali Thakkar participated as moderators for these sessions.

2021 UCSF WIC event

Thursday, October 7, 2021 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia

“Women in Cardiology: Where are we now, and where should we be?”

The panel discussion featured Drs. Michelle Kittleson, Anna Beyer, Cara Pellegrini, Victoria Parikh and Rita Ng. It was followed by conversations and networking in Zoom breakout rooms.

2020 UCSF WIC Event

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle Albert

“Workforce Pipeline Perspective in Academic Medicine”

The panel discussion featured Drs. Shadi Kalantarian, Alexis Beatty, Melissa Burroughs-Pena, Anita Moon-Grady, Jaya Mallidi, Roselle Abraham. It was followed by conversations and networking in Zoom breakout rooms.

2019 UCSF WIC Event

Wednesday, October 22, 2019

2nd Bay Area Women in Cardiology Student Career Event

In-person event at Lange Room, Parnassus Ave, San Francisco

Panelists: Drs. Kiran Kush (Stanford), Priscilla Hsue, Marina Trilesskaya, Maria Ansari, Rajni Rao

2020 UCSF WIC Event

Wednesday, October 16, 2018

1st Bay Area Women in Cardiology Student Career Event 

In-person event at Regeneration Medicine Boardroom, 513 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco

Panelists: Drs. Michelle Albert, Cara Pelligrini, Teresa Wang, Ivy Ku (Kaiser), Anna Beyer, Jennifer Hellawell (Industry) 

Cardiac Camp 

The Women in Cardiology group is proud to support the UCSF School of Medicine Cardiac Camp for Bay Area high school students. The camp was started by UCSF Medical Students Stephanie Hu and Pearl Omo-sowho who saw an opportunity to offer students exposure to scientific exploration and careers in healthcare. The upcoming 2024 summer camp garnered over 180 applications, and with a recent boost in funding, the number of accepted students has grown from 10 to 25. The diverse participation of last year's camp truly mirrors the demographics of San Francisco and the Bay Area. This initiative not only supports the mission of promoting more women and diversity in cardiology but also focuses on underrepresented in medicine (UIM) adolescents whose communities are disproportionately impacted by cardiovascular diseases.