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January 6, 2011

GulatiMarthaCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Martha Gulati, a nationally recognized expert in the study of women and heart disease, has been named director for preventive cardiology and women’s cardiovascular health at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Gulati is a co-author of the most recent guidelines published by the American Heart Association for heart disease prevention in women. She has also co-written two books, Heart Power Recipes, released in 2004, and Saving Women’s Hearts, to be released this month.

“We were very fortunate to be able to attract someone of Martha’s caliber to Ohio State,” says Dr. Thomas Ryan, director of Ohio State's Heart and Vascular Center. “Among her many talents, she is an outstanding clinical investigator. Martha is heading some of the very important clinical trials that will help us better understand the gender differences that exist in cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.”

Gulati also holds the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health.

In addition to the study of women and heart disease, Gulati has a specific interest in fitness and prevention. She is the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project, a study examining cardiac risk factors in women, which set new standards for women’s fitness levels. She is also the principal investigator of the STILETTO Study, a randomized trial of women with Cardiac Syndrome X. She also is a co-investigator on the Women Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) study and previously served as a co-investigator on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). 

“Dr. Gulati’s recruitment is a major step toward realizing our vision for a comprehensive national program in women’s cardiovascular health at Ohio State,” adds Dr. William Abraham, director of the division of cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State’s Medical Center. “She brings with her the experience to lead such a program to an unsurpassed level of clinical and research excellence. We are extremely pleased to welcome her to OSU, and we are grateful to Sarah Ross Soter for making this recruitment possible through the generosity of the endowed chair that bears her name.”

Gulati previously served as the associate director of the Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Health at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern University, where she was the Lawrence E. and Nancy S. Glick Family Distinguished Physician in Women’s Cardiovascular Health.

She is a member of numerous advisory boards and societies, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gulati completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada. She went on to complete her internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She received a Master in Science at the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease.

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Doug Flowers
Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations
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