Mariell Jessup, M.D., is named president of the American Heart Association

DALLAS, July 1, 2013 – University of Pennsylvania cardiologist Mariell Jessup, M.D., has been named president of the American Heart Association for its 2013-14 fiscal year beginning July 1.

As president, Jessup will be chief volunteer scientific and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters.

Jessup is medical director of the Penn Heart and Vascular Center, professor of medicine and associate chief-clinical affairs of the cardiovascular division at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is a nationally recognized expert in heart failure and co-editor of Heart Failure: Providing Optimal Care and A Clinician’s Guide to Heart Failure Management in the Ambulatory Setting.

A volunteer for more than 15 years, Jessup was chairperson of the association’s Committee on Scientific Sessions Program in 2009 and 2010, and chaired the committee that created the 2009 revision of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/ American Heart Association Guidelines for the Management of Congestive Heart Failure.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org  or call any of our offices around the country.

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For Media Inquiries:  (214) 706-1173
Carrie Thacker: (214) 706-1665; Carrie.Thacker@heart.org

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