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Noel Bairey Merz

Women's Heart Center, Director

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, holds the Women’s Guild Endowed Chair in Women’s Health, and is Director of the Women’s HeartCenteras well as the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bairey Merz’s research interests include women and heart disease, mental stress and heart disease, the role of exercise and stress management in reversing disease, and the role of nutrition in heart disease. She is chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored WISE (Women’s Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation) initiative. She has received investigational grants from the NIH-National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH-National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NCCAM), the Pfeiffer Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, The Barbra Streisand Foundation and the Women’s Guild.

A prolific lecturer, she is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the NHLBI Advisory Council, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the Association of Academic Women’s Health Programs, and the Association of Women’s Heart Programs. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the ACC, where she is a fellow, and is a past-chair of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease committee. She currently holds the Chair of the Women in Cardiology Committee of the AHA. Her other professional memberships include the National Space Biomedical Research Institute Board of Scientific Counselors and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Examiners.  She is Chair of the NIH-sponsored Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigations 2 Diabetes (BARI-2D) Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB). She serves on the advisory boards of lay organizations, including Women’s Heart and Sister-to-Sister.

Bairey Merz has an extensive scientific publication record, including more than 180 scientific publications, 200 abstracts, and numerous book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the Journal of Women’s Health.

Dr. Bairey Merz has received numerous awards and honors including the 2008 McCue Female Cardiologist of the Year Award, the 2005 Red Dress Award For Leadership in Cardiovascular Research in Women, the 2005 VHA Inc. Best Practices Awards for Special Achievement Award presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of health care, the 2005 Women of the 21st Century award from the Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the 2006 Alvin P. Shapiro Award by Psychosomatic Society for excellence in clinical research.

Dr. Bairey Merz’s frequent television appearances include Good Morning America, NBC Dateline and 20/20. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, US News & World Report and Working Woman Magazine. Dr. Bairey Merz is currently the national spokesperson for VHA’s Women’s HeartAdvantage campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

Dr. Bairey Merz received her bachelor’s degree from the University ofChicago and her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Bairey Merz also completed fellowships in clinical cardiology and nuclear cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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  3. Gail D Kazmer says:

    I contacted your office pertaining to my Wife and her Heart about a year ago and was told that my wife’s case might be one that Dr. Merz would take on. My wife had Medi-cal but we changed counties and were forced to reapply but its been 3 months and no word yet. Would you please contact me to discuss my wife and her condition. It has been getting worse and we both know you treat her condition. Please call–this is urgent!
    661-313-0276 My name is Steve.

    Thank-you Dr Merz

  4. Jennifer Hemmings says:


    I am from the U.K. I have Systemic Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Raynauds and have recently been diagnosed with Microvascular heart disease.I was having increasing chest pain for 4 weeks in October 2011 and was sent home by my G.P several times before ending up in hospital in November 2011 where my ECG was very abnormal with ST segment depression. I was in coronary care for 1 week. I had an echocardiogram, x-ray, and angiogram and all were normal – hence the diagnosis of microvascular disease. There was no Troponine in my blood and therefore they said no damage had been caused to my heart. I am only 32, not overweight (about 130 lbs),I do not drink alcohol but have been a light smoker for 12 years-the most I’ve smoked is 10 per day and i always smoke light cigarettes which have lower levels of tar and nicotine. I am currently prescribed 20mg of Isosorbide Mononitrate and 75mg of Aspirin daily in order to stabilise the symptoms of my microvascular disease. I have a GTN (nitrate) spray for when i have any angina attacks. I have also suffered more recently with tachycardia where my heart rate would go up to the 180s every time i stood up and then would suddenly drop down to the 70s again; along with this i have recently started having regular ectopic beats. I have been prescribed Diltiazem at 120mg per day for this and my cardiologist thinks it could be SVT and has booked an electrical testing of my heart.I have been told that this is NOT related to my heart disease. My problem is that despite the medications i am on and changing my lifestyle somewhat i am still experiencing regular chest pain which is sometimes a crushing pain and sometimes a sharp seering pain. Also last week i had severe pain in my chest and heart which went into my left arm and jaw. An ECG was taken which was ‘relatively normal’ with only slight ST depression and was told to go home and that i was just anxious. My other conditions appear to be relatively under control at present but my heart condition has taken over and I feel almost unable to continue a normal lifestyle with constant pains, tiredness and lethargy. Do i need to be concerned?? Is there any more that can be done?

    I would be interested in being involved in any research into this condition but i am not sure of anything that is happening within the U.K.

    Yours desperately
    Jennifer Hemmings
    Lincolnshire, U.K

  5. Patricia Ann Washington says:

    Good Morning, I am the security officer at the Paley Center Media. I was out the day of the TedX Women conference; recovering from a stay at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. I was in the Cardiac Care Ward diagnosed with Conjestive Heart Failure. I missed your speech because I was having a follow up visit with Dr. Shervin Eshagian (Cardiologist)he gave me an A+ for my first weeks progress. Dr. Merz I have never had problems with my heart but, have other chronic illnesses. I want to LIVE as long as i possibly can. How can I do that and what can i tell other women I know so they may live long as well? I am a fighter and will not just lay down and give up, I challenge the negative odds. What websites do i need to visit to research womens heart problems? Thank you for reading my email, I am so very sorry I missed hearing you speak. I was told that I am the perfect example of what you spoke about. Sincerely, Patricia A. Washington