Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH

Professor in Residence

Cardiology, Cardiology UCSF Health

Dr. Michelle A. Albert, MD MPH is a Professor in Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and Director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). Dr. Albert is a graduate of Haverford College (Chemistry), the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. She completed Internal Medicine Residency and was a Chief Medical Resident at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Albert then completed Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she rose in the ranks to an Associate Professor in Medicine, mentored by Dr. Paul M. Ridker in his research group. She was previously the Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Professor/Chair and Chief of Cardiology at Howard University.

Dr. Albert maintains an active clinical practice. Her clinical expertise involves both taking care of the most critically ill heart disease patients and preventive cardiology at UCSF. As a physician-scientist-epidemiologist, Dr. Albert is engaged in cutting-edge research that innovatively seeks to incorporate “biology” with social determinants of health to transform CVD science and healthcare of global populations, i.e “the biology of adversity”. Her research has followed a bold, non-traditional path for cardiovascular disease research. A central component of her current work focuses on developing innovative implementation strategies to curb adversity related CVD risk, particularly in women and racial/ethnic minorities. She is recipient of multiple research awards including NIH R01 funding, as well as funding from RWJ (Harold Amos Scholar), Kellogg and Doris Duke Foundations. She is one of two recipients nationally of the prestigious 2018 AHA Merit award for visionary research, and is the first woman and under-represented minority person to receive this award.

Dr. Albert is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC); she is the current Vice-President of AUC. She is an Associate Editor at Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology (ATVB), serves on the Editorial Board of Circulation and is a Section Editor for Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports.

Albert currently serves as a member of the NHLBI Board of External Experts (BEE), 2019 ACC/AHA Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines committee and as a standing committee member of NIH study section - Mechanisms, Emotion, Sleep & Health (MESH). She also served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Qualification of Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Chronic Disease.

She is currently President-elect of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), President of the American Heart Association (AHA) San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley Board of Directors. Additionally, Dr. Albert has served/serves on multiple national AHA iand American College of Cardiology (ACC) committees and currently sits on the Sarnoff Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Albert enjoys mentoring trainees at all levels across the United States. She was a nominee for the competitive 2011-2012 Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard Medical School and the recipient of the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the AHA (2016). She received the ACC Heart of Women’s Health Credo Award (2012), Woman’s Day Magazine’s Red Dress Award (2014), the 2018 Daniel D. Savage Science Award (ABC’s highest honor) and the Haverford College Alumni Award (2015) -- given to an alumnus whose “work typifies the values of the college and is of outstanding service to humanity”.

Honors and Awards
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2019
  • Merit Award, American Heart Association, 2018
  • Daniel D. Savage Science Award, Association of Black Cardiologists, 2018
  • Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award, American Heart Association, 2016
  • Elected Member, Association of University Cardiologists, 2016
  • The Haverford Award, recognizing an alumnus who uses their knowledge to the benefit of society, Haverford College, 2015
  • Featured "Editor's Choice & Scientist": MA Health Care Reform, Race/Ethnicity and CVD, Circulation Journal (June 17, 2014), 2014
  • Red Dress Award Honoree, Women's Day Magazine, 2014
  • Second Annual Heart of Women's Health CREDO Award, American College of Cardiology, 2012
  • Nesson Fellowship Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA, 2010
  • J Ira and Nikki Harris Family Research Award, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA, 2006
  • Herbert W. Nickens Epidemiology Award, Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc, 2004
  • Learner Young Investigator Award,, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA, 2003
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Kraft Minority Faculty Development Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA, 2001
  1. Hill JA, Albert MA, Carnethon MR, Watson KE. Disparities in Cardiovascular Medicine: Circulation's Response. 2020. PMID: 32813545

  2. Chin-Hong P, Alexander KM, Haynes N, Albert MA. Pulling at the heart: COVID-19, race/ethnicity and ongoing disparities. 2020. PMID: 32732989

  3. Agrawal H, Choy HK, Liu J, Auyoung M, Albert MA. Coronary Artery Disease. 2020. PMID: 32579480

  4. Liu J, Elbadawi A, Elgendy IY, Megaly M, Ogunbayo GO, Krittanawong C, Tamis-Holland JE, Ballantyne CM, Khalid MU, Virani S, Gulati M, Albert M, Bozkurt B, Jneid H. Age-Stratified Sex Disparities in Care and Outcomes in Patients with ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction. 2020. PMID: 32417118

  5. Elbadawi A, Mahmoud K, Elgendy IY, Elzeneini M, Megaly M, Ogunbayo G, Omer MA, Albert M, Kapadia S, Jneid H. Racial disparities in the utilization and outcomes of transcatheter mitral valve repair: Insights from a national database. 2020. PMID: 32473908

  6. Parikh NI, Laria B, Nah G, Singhal M, Vittinghoff E, Vieten C, Stotland N, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Albert MA, Epel E. Cardiovascular Disease-Related Pregnancy Complications Are Associated with Increased Maternal Levels and Trajectories of Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers During and After Pregnancy. 2020. PMID: 31934809

  7. Cabeza de Baca T, Chayama KL, Redline S, Slopen N, Matsushita F, Prather AA, Williams DR, Buring JE, Zaslavsky AM, Albert MA. Sleep debt: the impact of weekday sleep deprivation on cardiovascular health in older women. 2019. PMID: 31361895

  8. Burroughs Peña MS, Mbassa RS, Slopen NB, Williams DR, Buring JE, Albert MA. Response by Burroughs Peña et al to Letter Regarding Article, "Cumulative Psychosocial Stress and Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Older Women". 2019. PMID: 31567018

  9. Cabeza de Baca T, Burroughs Peña MS, Slopen N, Williams D, Buring J, Albert MA. Financial strain and ideal cardiovascular health in middle-aged and older women: Data from the Women's health study. 2019. PMID: 31323455

  10. Burroughs-Peña MS, Mbassa RS, Slopen NB, Williams DR, Buring J, Albert MA. Cumulative Psychosocial Stress and Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Older Women: Data by Race/Ethnicity. 2019. PMID: 30813768

  11. Albert MA. Ignored in Plain Sight. 2019. PMID: 30909730

  12. Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B. 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. 2019. PMID: 30879355

  13. Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B. 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Executive Summary. 2019. PMID: 30879339

  14. Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B. 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Executive Summary: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. 2019. PMID: 30894319

  15. Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, Buroker AB, Goldberger ZD, Hahn EJ, Himmelfarb CD, Khera A, Lloyd-Jones D, McEvoy JW, Michos ED, Miedema MD, Muñoz D, Smith SC, Virani SS, Williams KA, Yeboah J, Ziaeian B. 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. 2019. PMID: 30894318

  16. Jonathan Z Butler, Natalie Slopen, Susan Redline, Mercedes Carnethon, David R Williams, Tiffany M Powell-Wiley, Aruna Pradhan, Julie Buring, Michelle A Albert. Abstract P085: Extremes of Sleep Duration and Type II Diabetes in Older Women Participating in the Women’s Health Study. 2019. PMID:

  17. Eva M Durazo, Tiffany M Powell-Wiley, Susan Redline, Natalie Slopen, Aric Prather, David R Williams, Julie E Buring, Michelle A Albert. Abstract P268: Long and Short Sleep and Obesity in the Women’s Health Study. 2019. PMID:

  18. Donna K. Arnett, Roger S. Blumenthal, Michelle A. Albert, Andrew B. Buroker, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Zachary Der. Goldberger, Ellen J. Hahn, Amit Khera, Donald Lloyd-Jones, J. William McEvoy, Erin D. Michos, Michael D. Miedema, Muñoz Daniel, Sidney C. Smith Sidney C. Smith, Salim S. Virani, Kim A. Williams, Yeboah Joseph, Boback Ziaeian. 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines on the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. 2019. PMID:

  19. Westcott SK, Beach LY, Matsushita F, Albert CM, Chatterjee N, Wong J, Williams DR, Vinayagamoorthy M, Buring JE, Albert MA. RelationshipBetween Psychosocial Stressors and Atrial Fibrillation in Women >45 Years of Age. 2018. PMID: 30266256

  20. Claudel SE, Adu-Brimpong J, Banks A, Ayers C, Albert MA, Das SR, de Lemos JA, Leonard T, Neeland IJ, Rivers JP, Powell-Wiley TM. Association between neighborhood-level socioeconomic deprivation and incident hypertension: A longitudinal analysis of data from the Dallas heart study. 2018. PMID: 30092412

  21. Eva M. Durazo, Tomás Cabeza de Baca, Natalie Slopen, Nisha I. Parikh, Julie E. Buring, Robert J. Glynn, Michelle A. Albert. Parity, Job Strain, and Cardiovascular Risk in the Women’s Health Study. 2018. PMID:

  22. Powell-Wiley TM, Ngwa J, Kebede S, Lu D, Schulte PJ, Bhatt DL, Yancy C, Fonarow GC, Albert MA. Impact of Body Mass Index on Heart Failure by Race/Ethnicity From the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) Registry. Volume 6 of Issue 3. 2018. PMID: 29428434

  23. Carnethon MR, Pu J, Howard G, Albert MA, Anderson CAM, Bertoni AG, Mujahid MS, Palaniappan L, Taylor HA, Willis M, Yancy CW. Cardiovascular Health in African Americans: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Volume 136 of Issue 21. 2017. PMID: 29061565

  24. Albert MA, Durazo EM, Slopen N, Zaslavsky AM, Buring JE, Silva T, Chasman D, Williams DR. Cumulative psychological stress and cardiovascular disease risk in middle aged and older women: Rationale, design, and baseline characteristics. Volume 192. 2017. PMID: 28938955

  25. Cuevas AG, Williams DR, Albert MA. Psychosocial Factors and Hypertension: A Review of the Literature. Volume 35 of Issue 2. 2017. PMID: 28411896

  26. Slopen N, Chen Y, Guida JL, Albert MA, Williams DR. Positive childhood experiences and ideal cardiovascular health in midlife: Associations and mediators. Volume 97. 2017. PMID: 28087467

  27. Eva M. Durazo, Rachel S. Mbassa, Michelle A. Albert. Ethnic Enclaves and Type II Diabetes: a Focus on Latino/Hispanic Americans. 2016. PMID:

  28. Hira RS, Bhatt DL, Fonarow GC, Heidenreich PA, Ju C, Virani SS, Bozkurt B, Petersen LA, Hernandez AF, Schwamm LH, Eapen ZJ, Albert MA, Liang L, Matsouaka RA, Peterson ED, Jneid H. Temporal Trends in Care and Outcomes of Patients Receiving Fibrinolytic Therapy Compared to Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From the Get With The Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Registry. Volume 5 of Issue 10. 2016. PMID: 27792640

  29. Cozier YC, Albert MA, Castro-Webb N, Coogan PF, Ridker P, Kaufman HW, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status in Relation to Serum Biomarkers in the Black Women's Health Study. Volume 93 of Issue 2. 2016. PMID: 27000125

  30. Slopen N, Chen Y, Priest N, Albert MA, Williams DR. Emotional and instrumental support during childhood and biological dysregulation in midlife. Volume 84. 2015. PMID: 26708307

  31. Slopen N, Shonkoff JP, Albert MA, Yoshikawa H, Jacobs A, Stoltz R, Williams DR. Racial Disparities in Child Adversity in the U.S.: Interactions With Family Immigration History and Income. Volume 50 of Issue 1. 2015. PMID: 26342634


  33. Aryana Jacobs, Zinzi Bailey, Michelle Albert. Job Burnout, Job Strain (Stress), and Cardiovascular Disease: Selected Review. 2015. PMID:

  34. Slopen N, Non A, Williams DR, Roberts AL, Albert MA. Childhood adversity, adult neighborhood context, and cumulative biological risk for chronic diseases in adulthood. Volume 76 of Issue 7. 2014. PMID: 25077427

  35. Albert MA, Ayanian JZ, Silbaugh TS, Lovett A, Resnic F, Jacobs A, Normand SL. Early results of Massachusetts healthcare reform on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular care. Volume 129 of Issue 24. 2014. PMID: 24727094

  36. Slopen N, Kontos EZ, Ryff CD, Ayanian JZ, Albert MA, Williams DR. Psychosocial stress and cigarette smoking persistence, cessation, and relapse over 9-10 years: a prospective study of middle-aged adults in the United States. Volume 24 of Issue 10. 2013. PMID: 23860953

  37. Plitt A, Dorbala S, Albert MA, Giugliano RP. Cardiac sarcoidosis: case report, workup, and review of the literature. Volume 2 of Issue 2. 2013. PMID: 25135396

  38. Clark CR, Ommerborn MJ, Hickson DA, Grooms KN, Sims M, Taylor HA, Albert MA. Neighborhood disadvantage, neighborhood safety and cardiometabolic risk factors in African Americans: biosocial associations in the Jackson Heart study. Volume 8 of Issue 5. 2013. PMID: 23691005

  39. Mosca L, Hammond G, Mochari-Greenberger H, Towfighi A, Albert MA. Fifteen-year trends in awareness of heart disease in women: results of a 2012 American Heart Association national survey. Volume 127 of Issue 11. 2013. PMID: 23429926

  40. Powell-Wiley TM, Ayers CR, de Lemos JA, Lakoski SG, Vega GL, Grundy S, Das SR, Banks-Richard K, Albert MA. Relationship between perceptions about neighborhood environment and prevalent obesity: data from the Dallas Heart Study. Volume 21 of Issue 1. 2013. PMID: 23404728

  41. Slopen N, Glynn RJ, Buring JE, Lewis TT, Williams DR, Albert MA. Job strain, job insecurity, and incident cardiovascular disease in the Women's Health Study: results from a 10-year prospective study. Volume 7 of Issue 7. 2012. PMID: 22815754

  42. Tsenkova VK, Albert MA, Georgiades A, Ryff CD. Trait anxiety and glucose metabolism in people without diabetes: vulnerabilities among black women. 2012. PMID: 22587407

  43. Slopen N, Dutra LM, Williams DR, Mujahid MS, Lewis TT, Bennett GG, Ryff CD, Albert MA. Psychosocial stressors and cigarette smoking among African American adults in midlife. Volume 14 of Issue 10. 2012. PMID: 22367977

  44. Lee TC, Glynn RJ, Peña JM, Paynter NP, Conen D, Ridker PM, Pradhan AD, Buring JE, Albert MA. Socioeconomic status and incident type 2 diabetes mellitus: data from the Women's Health Study. Volume 6 of Issue 12. 2011. PMID: 22194788

  45. V K. Tsenkova, M A. Albert, A Georgiades, C D. Ryff. Trait anxiety and glucose metabolism in people without diabetes: vulnerabilities among black women. 2011. PMID:

  46. Albert MA. Biomarkers and heart disease. Volume 7 of Issue 5 Suppl. 2011. PMID: 22003335

  47. Manson JE, Bassuk SS, Lee IM, Cook NR, Albert MA, Gordon D, Zaharris E, Macfadyen JG, Danielson E, Lin J, Zhang SM, Buring JE. The VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL): rationale and design of a large randomized controlled trial of vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acid supplements for the primary prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Volume 33 of Issue 1. 2011. PMID: 21986389

  48. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Fonseca FA, Lorenzatti AJ, Ferdinand KC, MacFadyen JG, Ridker PM. Race, ethnicity, and the efficacy of rosuvastatin in primary prevention: the Justification for the Use of Statins in Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin (JUPITER) trial. Volume 162 of Issue 1. 2011. PMID: 21742096

  49. Albert MA, Williams DR. Invited commentary: Discrimination--an emerging target for reducing risk of cardiovascular disease? Volume 173 of Issue 11. 2011. PMID: 21354989

  50. Powell TM, de Lemos JA, Banks K, Ayers CR, Rohatgi A, Khera A, McGuire DK, Berry JD, Albert MA, Vega GL, Grundy SM, Das SR. Body size misperception: a novel determinant in the obesity epidemic. Volume 170 of Issue 18. 2010. PMID: 20937931

  51. Moukarbel GV, Albert MA. The ecology of stent thrombosis: a view from a sociobiological perspective. Volume 122 of Issue 11. 2010. PMID: 20805426

  52. Slopen N, Lewis TT, Gruenewald TL, Mujahid MS, Ryff CD, Albert MA, Williams DR. Early life adversity and inflammation in African Americans and whites in the midlife in the United States survey. Volume 72 of Issue 7. 2010. PMID: 20595419

  53. Albert MA, Cozier Y, Ridker PM, Palmer JR, Glynn RJ, Rose L, Halevy N, Rosenberg L. Perceptions of race/ethnic discrimination in relation to mortality among Black women: results from the Black Women's Health Study. Volume 170 of Issue 10. 2010. PMID: 20498418

  54. Conen D, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM, Buring JE, Albert MA. Socioeconomic status, blood pressure progression, and incident hypertension in a prospective cohort of female health professionals. Volume 30 of Issue 11. 2009. PMID: 19297384

  55. Albert MA, Ravenell J, Glynn RJ, Khera A, Halevy N, de Lemos JA. Cardiovascular risk indicators and perceived race/ethnic discrimination in the Dallas Heart Study. Volume 156 of Issue 6. 2008. PMID: 19033005

  56. Albert MA. Race/ethnicity and inflammation: is there a link to periodontal disease? Volume 79 of Issue 7. 2008. PMID: 18597591

  57. Albert MA. Inflammatory biomarkers, race/ethnicity and cardiovascular disease. Volume 65 of Issue 12 Pt 2. 2007. PMID: 18240555

  58. Judith Meadows, Jacqueline Suk Danik, Michelle A. Albert. Chapter 9 Primary Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease. 2007. PMID:

  59. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Buring J, Ridker PM. Impact of traditional and novel risk factors on the relationship between socioeconomic status and incident cardiovascular events. Volume 114 of Issue 24. 2006. PMID: 17116764

  60. Albert MA, Ridker PM. C-reactive protein as a risk predictor: do race/ethnicity and gender make a difference? Volume 114 of Issue 5. 2006. PMID: 16880331

  61. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Wolfert RL, Ridker PM. The effect of statin therapy on lipoprotein associated phospholipase A2 levels. Volume 182 of Issue 1. 2005. PMID: 15982658

  62. Unic D, Mihaljevic T, Leacche M, Gasparovic H, Albert MA, Byrne JG. Surgical treatment of a large left-main coronary artery aneurysm. 2004. PMID: 15293160

  63. Albert MA, Torres J, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM. Perspective on selected issues in cardiovascular disease research with a focus on black Americans. Volume 110 of Issue 2. 2004. PMID: 15249517

  64. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Buring J, Ridker PM. C-reactive protein levels among women of various ethnic groups living in the United States (from the Women's Health Study). Volume 93 of Issue 10. 2004. PMID: 15135696

  65. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM. Effect of physical activity on serum C-reactive protein. Volume 93 of Issue 2. 2004. PMID: 14715354

  66. Albert MA, Ridker PM. Inflammatory biomarkers in African Americans: a potential link to accelerated atherosclerosis. Volume 5 Suppl 3. 2004. PMID: 15303082

  67. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM. Plasma concentration of C-reactive protein and the calculated Framingham Coronary Heart Disease Risk Score. Volume 108 of Issue 2. 2003. PMID: 12835213

  68. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM. Alcohol consumption and plasma concentration of C-reactive protein. Volume 107 of Issue 3. 2003. PMID: 12551869

  69. Albert MA, Staggers J, Chew P, Ridker PM. The pravastatin inflammation CRP evaluation (PRINCE): rationale and design. 2001. PMID: 11376301

  70. Albert MA, Ridker PM. The role of C-reactive protein in cardiovascular disease risk. 1999. PMID: 10980827