Local appointed to AHA National Board of Directors

University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc. Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography

University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc. Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography

Shelburne resident Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., University of Vermont Professor of Medicine and medical director of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis program at Fletcher Allen Health Care, was elected a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Heart Association (AHA), effective May 1. The AHA is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting heart disease and stroke, and is second only to the federal government in money spent to fund cardiovascular and stroke research.

A fellow of the AHA, Cushman is an international expert in the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology. She has served in a number of national, regional, and local leadership roles for the organization since first volunteering for the Association in the 1990s, after receiving her first grant from the AHA’s former New Hampshire/Vermont Affiliate in 1996.

Cushman currently serves as president of the Vermont board of the AHA Founder’s Affiliate, which serves the northeast region of the US.  She chairs the AHA Council Operations Committee, and is a member of the AHA Science Advisory Coordinating Committee and the AHA National Advocacy Coordinating Committee. In addition, she is past chair of the AHA Scientific Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, which has more than 2,000 members. She previously served as chair of the AHA Council on Epidemiology and Prevention’s 46th and 47th Annual Scientific Conferences and as a member of the AHA Manuscript Oversight Committee. She is also actively involved in scientific publishing as a senior guest editor of the AHA’s flagship journal “Circulation.”

As a member of the AHA Board of Directors, Cushman will be jointly responsible for the control and management of the affairs, funds, and property of the Association, including approval of long-range goals for the Association, approval of policies and standards and delegation of their implementation, employment, and evaluation of a staff Chief Executive Officer, and final approval of the budget and other fiscal matters of the AHA National Center.

“Dr. Cushman has been a highly distinguished volunteer who has contributed to the American Heart Association mission in many critically important ways,” says AHA CEO Nancy Brown. “Through her chairmanship of our Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, her work with our scientific journals, her support of our advocacy initiatives, her leadership at the affiliate and local levels, and in many additional roles, she has strengthened our organization profoundly. We are extremely proud to welcome her to our Board of Directors.”

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