Dr. Holly Andersen, of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, has been appointed Director of Education and Outreach at the new Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The newly created position underscores the Institute's strong commitment to raising awareness about the risks of heart disease.
In this role, Dr. Andersen will oversee patient education, community outreach and prevention efforts with the goal of reducing cardiovascular risk, especially among women. She will also continue to serve as assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
In February 2008, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital announced the creation of the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute – made possible through a $50 million gift from Mr. Perelman that also created the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine. The Perelman Heart Institute is scheduled to open this fall.
The new Heart Institute will feature an interactive education resource center that gives patients the latest medical information on heart disease, from prevention to diagnosis to treatment and lifelong health. Outreach efforts will target patients, community members, young physicians and other hospitals, and will employ lectures, media appearances and community screening events.
Dr. Holly Andersen received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Dartmouth College, and graduated with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and awarded the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award from the American Medical Women's Association. She completed her internship, residency and fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she additionally served as the chief resident for the Department of Medicine. She is dual board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Sports Medicine. She founded and chairs the David E. Rogers Memorial Research Award competition for the medical house staff. In 2006, a Visiting Professorship for Integrative Medicine was endowed in her name at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Andersen has been selected as one of America's "Best Doctors" every year by Castle Connolly since 2001, and in 2008 was named by the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of "America's Top Cardiologists." She has published original work on mitral valve prolapse and presented at national and international conferences. She is a past board member of the Arthur Ashe Athletic Association, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, The President's Council of the International Women's Health Coalition, and the National Advisory Board for the Women's Sports Foundation.