Los Angeles, CA

Volunteer Heart Survivor Spokesperson, American Heart Association – Greater Los Angeles

Represented: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates

Jacqueline Alikhaani is a cardiovascular patient and survivor of a rare congenital heart disease that was misdiagnosed for 48 years and is found in less than 1 percent of the population. She is a mother and guardian of a family member with multiple disabilities. Advocating on behalf of all patients with chronic, disabling, or life-threatening medical conditions, she has continuously served in volunteer leadership roles with the American Heart Association and AARP, is currently appointed to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association National Quality Improvement Advocacy Consumer Task Force, serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, and has served for more than 17 years as a board member for a network of federally qualified health centers in Los Angeles. She is also a veteran of several other nonprofit boards and committees, including the National Association of Community Health Centers.  She is  a consumer/patient author for the International Cochrane Collaboration and has worked in editorial capacities on international academic research journals in polymer physics, accounting, finance, auditing, computer science, robotics, and automation. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and is an MBA candidate at Pepperdine University.

Alikhaani served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Rare Disease from April 2014 - April 2016.

Conflicts of Interest

As of April 30, 2014

  • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), Advocacy Volunteer
  • American Heart Association, Volunteer
  • Adult Congenital Heart Association, Member
  • National Patient Advocate Foundation President’s Advisory Council, Member
  • UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, Community Advisory Board Member


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