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Nisha Parikh, MD, Joins Northwell As New Head Of Women’s Heart Program

After a nationwide search, Nisha Parikh, MD, MPH, has been named the system director of the Women’s Heart Program for Northwell Health’s Cardiovascular Institute and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. Dr. Parikh brings a wealth of experience with her to the role.

In this newly created position, Dr. Parikh will oversee the Women’s Heart Program and integrate initiatives across Northwell Health facilities. She will be implementing new policies and procedures to enhance patient care, and will also be furthering academic research and teaching initiatives.

“I’m so excited and honored to be joining Northwell Health as the system’s first director of the Women’s Heart Program,” said Dr. Parikh. “Northwell has an incredible reach that will allow us to bring life-saving treatments to so many women. And, I’m also looking forward to working with my new colleagues, who are all experts in their fields.

“The possibility to improve women’s cardiac care at the time of pregnancy is very important to me,” Dr. Parikh continued. “Especially at a time when our maternal mortality rates in the US are really high – and a leading cause of that is cardiovascular disease.”

Dr. Parikh comes to Northwell Health from the University of California, San Francisco, where she focused on women’s heart disease and cardiac imaging. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkely, and her medical degree from New York Medical College. She trained in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center and in cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both located in Boston. She performed a research fellowship at the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts.

“Dr. Nisha Parikh is a world-class clinician, investigator, educator and leader,” said Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, professor and chair of cardiology and co-executive director of Northwell’s Cardiovascular Institute. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Parikh to Northwell and are confident that she will help take our system-wide Women’s Heart Program to the next level.”

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, but women remain understudied and misdiagnosed,” said Stacey Rosen, MD, senior vice president of the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. “Northwell Health is committed to improving the health of women across their lifespan. We are thrilled that after a national search, Dr. Nisha Parikh has joined as our health system’s director of the Women’s Heart Program, working collaboratively with Northwell’s Cardiovascular Institute and Katz Institute for Women’s Health to make a difference for our patients and our communities.”

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Parikh has published research on adverse pregnancy outcomes, reproductive health, cardiovascular risk stratification and biomarkers, and health equity. She is also a member of multiple leadership committees at the American Heart Association and has published important peer-reviewed manuscripts.

As system director of the Women’s Heart Program, Dr. Parikh said she wants to expand cardiac services for women throughout the course of their lives. She also plans to develop a chest pain program that will allow better diagnoses and treatment of coronary artery disease in women.

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