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JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH Featured Expert:

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH

Dr. JoAnn E. Manson is chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and co-director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Manson's research has focused on several important areas: women's health, randomized clinical trials in cardiovascular disease prevention, biomarker studies, and translational research. She is the principal investigator on several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL), the Women's Health Initiative Vanguard Clinical Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Trial, and the Biochemical and Genetic Risk Factors for CVD in Women, among others. She is also leading the largest research trial to date to investigate the heart health benefits of cocoa flavanols by administering the concentrated nutrients in capsule form.

Dr. Manson has received numerous awards and honors, including the Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association, the Population Research Prize and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association, and has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She was also one of the physicians featured in the National Library of Medicine's exhibition, "History of American Women Physicians" in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a Past President of the North American Menopause Society.

Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD

Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD

Dr. Peter J. Zimetbaum is Director of Clinical Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a nationally recognized physician in the field of cardiology, specializing in heart-rhythm disorders. His research focuses on the clinical management of atrial fibrillation and the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the electrocardiogram. Dr. Zimetbaum is a Director of Forest Laboratories Inc.

Dr. Zimetbaum received his M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1990 and did his internship, residency, and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is board certified in both cardiovascular medicine and cardiovascular electrophysiology.

Suzanne E. Salamon, MD

Suzanne E. Salamon, MD

Dr. Suzanne Salamon is the Associate Chief for Clinical Programs in Geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a master's degree in special education at Columbia University in New York, and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston and did her fellowship in geriatric medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Salamon is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative care.

She served as the Director of Geriatrics at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts for 19 years before moving to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Thomas H. Lee Jr, MD

Thomas H. Lee Jr, MD

Dr. Thomas Lee is an internist and cardiologist. After a long clinical career at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Lee was Network President for Partners Healthcare System, the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is now the Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates in Boston. Dr. Lee is currently on leave from his roles as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, Cornell University Medical College, and Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Lee is the founding editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, and is on the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine. With James J. Mongan, MD, he is the author of Chaos and Organization in Health Care (MIT Press, 2009) and Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine (Harvard University Press, 2013).

He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Geisinger Health System, the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College, the Special Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) of the Veterans Administration, and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office.

Walter C. Willett, DrPh, M.D.

Walter C. Willett, DrPh, M.D.

Dr. Walter Willett is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Willett, an American, was born in Hart, Michigan and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, studied food science at Michigan State University, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School before obtaining a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Willett has focused much of his work over the last 25 years on the development of methods, using both questionnaire and biochemical approaches, to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses' Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, these cohorts that include nearly 300,000 men and women with repeated dietary assessments are providing the most detailed information on the long-term health consequences of food choices.

Dr. Willett has published over 1,500 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has written the textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press. He also has four books for the general public, Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating, which has appeared on most major bestseller lists, Eat, Drink, and Weigh Less, co-authored with Mollie Katzen, The Fertility Diet, co-authored with Jorge Chavarro and Pat Skerrett, and most recently Thinfluence, co-authored with Malissa Wood, M.D. Dr. Willett is the most cited nutritionist internationally, and is among the five most cited persons in all fields of clinical science. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research.