What: The 50th Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture
When: Tuesday, April 25th, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern
Where: Zoom Event (will be livestreamed to the University of Rochester’s Class of ’62 Auditorium as well)
Cost: Free 
Registration Link: Register Here
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Sex- and Gender-Based Approaches to CVD: A Global Perspective to Improve Local Care (Virtual)

The 50th Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture with Malissa J. Wood, MD, FACC

The New York Cardiological Society, Inc.; the New York State Chapter, American College of Cardiology; and the New York Cardiac Center; along with the University of Rochester Department of Medicine Grand Rounds; will host the 50th Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture VIRTUALLY on April 25, 2022, at 12 Noon Eastern. This lecture will provide a review of global, national and regional data describing cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden. Unique, scaled approaches to managing sex- and gender-related cardiovascular disease risk and burdens will be reviewed. The impact of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and premature menopause on future cardiovascular risk in women will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain sex- and gender-based differences in identifying, diagnosing, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease
  • Recommend appropriate, system-wide management tools to address the cardiovascular disease burden
  • Describe how harnessing the power of the electronic record can identify sex- and gender-based risks for heart disease


The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

About the Lecturer

Malissa J. Wood, MD, FACC, completed her undergraduate and medical degrees in the combined B.A/M.D (Biology) program from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, followed by training in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she served as Chief Medical Resident.

Dr. Wood joined the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital in 2000, where she holds the Cathy E. Minehan Chair of Cardiovascular Disease in Women and co-directs the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program. In order to better understand complex sex differences in heart function, Dr. Wood first studied cardiovascular adaptation to exercise training. Her group investigated the cardiovascular benefits of prolonged endurance exercise in non-elite and Olympic athletes as well as marathon runners.

This work has been frequently cited and described features of temporary left- and right-sided cardiac changes that occur after completion of a marathon. In order to improve the clinical care of women and the understanding of cardiovascular disease in women Dr. Wood helped design and implement the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program in 2007. Since that time the program has helped improve the cardiovascular health of thousands of women and their families through its clinical, research and educational efforts. Dr. Wood’s groundbreaking work on the HAPPY Heart study demonstrated the benefit of an integrated community based model of stress management, health and life coaching and group health education in low-income women.

Dr. Wood has made significant educational contributions devoted to raising awareness of gender differences in cardiovascular disease risk, symptoms and preventive strategies locally, regionally and nationally. Dr. Wood was a member of the American Heart Association’s multidisciplinary SCAD writing group, and she has served on the leadership council of the American College of Cardiology Women in Cardiology Committee. Dr. Wood is a dedicated advocate for her patients and colleagues and has been involved in successful advocacy efforts at the state and national levels. She is a Trustee and the Secretary of the American College of Cardiology and currently serves as the Chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Board of Governors.


Malissa J. Wood, MD, FACC
Associate Chief of Cardiology for Diversity and Health Equity
Cathy E. Minehan Chair, Cardiovascular Disease in Women
Co-director Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chair, American College of Cardiology Board of Governors

About the Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture

Arvilla Berger was the wife of Captain Leo Berger, a Long Island businessman. In 1974 Captain Berger endowed an annual Arvilla Berger Lecture in gratitude for the services of their cardiologist, Dr. Harold Bernstein. The mission of the lecture is to bring outstanding cardiovascular scientists to New York to share their knowledge and experience with colleagues.