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A few minutes with...Dr. Jennifer Mieres

Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres is one of the world's experts and patient advocates in the fields of nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular disease in women. She's a founding member and past president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC). She also has the distinction of being the first female president of ASNC. In June 2010, Dr. Mieres joined the North Shore-LIJ Health System as the chief diversity and inclusion officer and medical director of the Center for Learning and Innovation. She serves as the Health System's liaison for diversity initiatives to membership organizations, government entities and other health care organizations. Dr. Mieres is also a member of the physician faculty of the North Shore-LIJ Health System as well as an associate professor of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Mieres is a true patient and community advocate. She lives by the rule that we each need to do our part to make the world a better place, a lesson she learned from her father. Her grandmother, who lived to be 100 years old, also gave her these simple words of wisdom to live by: “Make a difference in the world.”  It is evident by the way she lives her life and conducts her work, that she took the advice to heart.As a producer of the PBS documentary A Woman's Heart (2003), Dr. Mieres was nominated for an Emmy for best documentary in the health science category at the 46th Annual New York Emmy Awards. Although she did not win that award, the experience served as an inspiration to her. (Full story here)The Faculty Newsletter was fortunate enough to sit down with Dr. Mieres to ask her some questions that go beyond her impressive resume and to the heart of who this accomplished physician really is. 


If you had not become a doctor, what career would you have chosen? I was thinking of following in my dad’s footsteps as a lawyer or judge. I decided to become a doctor when I was only seven, after my grandfather died of heart disease. That created a clear path for me. I wanted to understand why he died.

 
Are there any “firsts” that you would still like to achieve? Being nominated for an Emmy for A Woman’s Heart was both a very thrilling and humbling experience. The documentary reached 10 million people with its message and it empowered women to take charge of their heart health. It made me realize how the use of media can have a such an impact on people, educating and and inspiring them to adopt a healthier lifetsyle. I would like to create a new documentary that focuses on a broader look at health care. 
Name qualities that today’s physician must have.I believe to be a physician you must treat people with empathy, dignity and respect; you must be a life-long learner; never be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help; show optimism; strength; have the ability to forgive and have a generous spirit.


What advice would you give to our new medical students as they start out on their educational journey? This is a great time to be in medicine. Remember that you are part of a team and you have to empower your patients to be 50-50 partners in their health. You have to be a good listener. To be a doctor is great gift. It’s a privilege and honor. Use the gift wisely; make the world a better place.


Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise people? During high school (in Trinidad), I competed for 3 years in the Carnival Calypso competition. I composed my own lyrics and one year placed 2nd. My aim was to be crowned the Calypso Queen, but I never made it.  I love Trinidad's carnival and I participated as a masquerader for several years. My favorite costume was being dressed as a" Barracuda" in the band “Carnival of the Sea" by designer Peter Minshall.


Jennifer Mieres Bio

Medical degree: Boston University School of Medicine.Postdoctoral training: She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), and the American Heart Association (AHA), and is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology.Bio: Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres is one of the world's experts and patient advocates in the fields of nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular disease in women. She's a founding member and past president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC). She also has the distinction of being the first female president of ASNC. In her new role as leader of the North Shore-LIJ health system’s Office of Community and Public Health, Dr. Mieres has oversight of the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, all of North Shore-LIJ’s health and wellness, community education and healthcare access programs, as well as corporate social responsibility. She is also the health system’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, and medical director of the Center for Learning and Innovation, North Shore-LIJ’s corporate university.

Dr. Mieres is also a member of the physician faculty of the North Shore-LIJ Health System as well as an associate professor of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Mieres served as an associate professor of medicine and the director of nuclear cardiology at the Leon H. Charney division of cardiology at New York University School of Medicine.She is actively involved in clinical cardiovascular research. She chaired the AHA's writing group on imaging in women and is the lead author of the AHA's 2005 scientific publication on diagnostic testing for women. She is currently one of the lead investigators of a national study (The WOMEN Study: What is the Optimal Method for Ischemia Evaluation in WomeN?) to determine the optimal noninvasive test for women with suspected heart disease. She has presented her research papers on cardiovascular disease in women at national and international conferences and was one of the distinguished faculty invited to scientific sessions of the ACC, AHA, ASNC, and the International Conference of Nuclear Cardiology.

She is an active volunteer for the AHA and is the chair of the AHA's 2010 national professional education committee and a member of the program committee for AHA scientific sessions (2009, 2010). She is very involved in community service and is a national spokesperson for the AHA's Go Red For Women movement. She also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for WomenHeart: The national coalition for women living with heart disease.Dr. Mieres is routinely called upon by the media to comment on heart health, appearing in national and local media outlets on such programs as 20/20, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and others. As a producer of the PBS documentary A Woman's Heart (2003), she was nominated for an Emmy for best documentary in the health science category at the 46th Annual New York Emmy Awards. In 2009 and 2010, Dr Mieres was featured in New York magazine as one of New York's leading doctors in cardiovascular disease. In 2008 Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas: A 5-Week Program for Living a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, Dr. Mieres' first book, was published by St. Martin's Press. Additional information can be found on my website: www.heartsmartwomenbook.com