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women's cardiovascular health center team

Formerly led by Dr. Pamela Ouyang, the Johns Hopkins Women's Cardiovascular Health Center is staffed by physicians who are experts in women's cardiology and psychology.


World Renowned experts in Women's Cardiovascular Health

Learn more about our team's expertise in women's cardiovascular health:

  • Tala K Al-Talib, M.D.

    Dr. Tala Al-Talib specializes in cardiovascular disease in women, with a particular interest in cardiovascular risk assessment among women with a history of breast cancer or other oncological history. Dr. Al-Talib sees patients at the Green Spring Station location.
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  • Lili Ayala Barouch, M.D.

    Dr. Lili Barouch is a heart failure specialist. She has a particular interest in seeing women patients who have peripartum cardiomyopathy, chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy, or other acquired or inherited forms of cardiomyopathy. Dr. Barouch sees patients at the Columbia location.

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  • Caitlin W. Hicks, M.D., M.S.

    Dr. Caitlin Hicks is a vascular surgeon. She cares for adult women who need vascular surgery including carotid artery surgery, aortic surgery, and peripheral artery disease (PAD) surgery. Her research interests include outcomes following vascular surgery in women, the epidemiology of vascular disease in women, and differences in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease in women compared to men. She performs both open vascular surgery as well as endovascular (minimally invasive) vascular surgery, including carotid artery stents, thoracic and abdominal aorta stents, and leg stents. She sees patients in clinic and performs surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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  • Jennifer Lawton, M.D.

    Dr. Jennifer Lawton is a cardiac surgeon. She cares for adult women who need cardiac surgery including valve repair or replacement, aortic surgery, or coronary revascularization. She provides minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. Her research interests include outcomes following cardiac surgery in women, unique factors to women during heart surgery, and the use of arterial grafts for coronary artery bypass surgery in women. She is particularly interested in increasing the use of arterial grafts for female patients who need coronary artery bypass grafting because these provide prolonged survival and have historically been used in women less when compared to men. She sees clinic patients at Green Spring Station location and performs surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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  • Lena Molly Mathews, M.D.

    Dr. Lena Mathews specializes in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise. She also specializes in cardiovascular risk during the perimenopausal and menopausal time point and coronary microvascular dysfunction. Dr. Mathews sees patients at the Bayview location.
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  • Erin Donnelly Michos, M.D., M.H.S.

    Dr. Erin Michos is a preventive cardiologist. She leads a dedicated clinic for women patients for a preventive cardiology evaluation, particularly for women with a family history of heart disease, women who have elevated cholesterol or other lipid disorders and perimenopausal women for a cardiovascular risk assessment prior to using menopausal hormone therapy. She also sees women with a history of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) or those with microvascular dysfunction. Dr. Michos also provides post-menopausal hormone therapy and vasomotor (hot flashes) management for women. Dr. Michos sees patients at the Green Spring Station and Odenton locations.
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  • Garima Vishwanath Sharma, M.B.B.S.

    Dr. Garima Sharma specializes in cardiac disease in pregnancy. She leads a clinic that addresses high-risk obstetrical issues in women with acquired heart disease. Her research and clinical interests focus on preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and hypertension, coronary artery disease and spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), peripartum cardiomyopathy and other forms of cardiomyopathy. She works with the multidisciplinary maternal fetal medicine (MFM) and Obstetrics teams to ensure safe pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Sharma provides services for patients at Green Spring Station and treats women with high risk pregnancy (Obstetrics/Maternal-Fetal Medicine) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital East Baltimore Campus.
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  • Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Sammy Zakaria is a critical care cardiologist, specializing in the care of critically-ill patients with acute and chronic cardiac issues. He has an interest in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease in women, especially in women who are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. One of his clinical interests are the effects of preeclampsia on the cardiovascular system. Dr. Zakaria sees patients at the Bayview location.
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