Malissa Wood, MD

To improve the clinical care and understanding of cardiovascular disease in women, Dr. Wood designed and implemented the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program in 2007. This clinical model includes the development of individualized care plans for women at risk for or who are suffering from cardiovascular disease, as well as the development of research and educational components to better understand these conditions and share this information with practicing physicians. The educational goals of the program feature a biennial continuing medical education program and a two-year fellowship in Women’s Cardiovascular Disease. The research goals are addressed through the development of multiple clinical studies examining unique features of heart disease and risk factors in women. These studies include the HAPPY Heart program,  the NIRVANA study examining benefits of Nevibolol in women with microvascular ischemia, a prospective study examining vascular, psychological and clinical features of women with SCAD and a prospective registry of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy.

Dr. Wood has been lead investigator on a number of studies researching the effect of exercise on cardiac function. In a series of studies, Dr. Wood and her group investigated the cardiovascular benefits of prolonged endurance exercise in non-elite and Olympic athletes. In subsequent work, Dr. Wood and her colleagues examined the longitudinal effect of exercise training on heart structure and function. She has made significant educational contributions to awareness of gender differences in cardiovascular disease risk, symptoms and preventive strategies locally, regionally and nationally.

In addition, Dr. Wood’s clinical activities include working as an echocardiographer in the MGH Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees in the combined B.A/M.D (Biology) program from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; internship and residency in medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; cardiology training Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Wood is frequently cited in the lay press (Women’s Day, Family Circle, Women’s Health, Parenting) and has appeared on the Today show and several nationally syndicated radio programs. Dr. Wood is author of “Smart at Heart” and co-author of “Thinfluence.”

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