Rose Marie Robertson is Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association. In this role, she is responsible for the overall science and medical policies and initiatives of one of the nation’s leading science-based organizations, including its work in supporting and accelerating biomedical research, in publishing the leading medical journals in cardiovascular and stroke science, and in providing a home for the broad range of professional members of the association. Robertson also serves as the association’s science representative to outside organizations, both governmental and private.
Before joining the association in 2003, she also served as a longtime volunteer, including a term as the association’s president in 2000-01.
Robertson is also professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she created and directed the Vanderbilt Women’s Heart Institute. Her academic research career has focused on autonomic cardiovascular control.
Robertson has served on numerous review and advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology. She currently chairs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award.
She received the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Partner in Public Health Award in 2001. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a founding member of the American Autonomic Society, and a founding member and past President of the Association for Patient-Oriented Research.
She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1970 and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.