Building the Pipeline of Women Key Opinion Leaders

CLIMB is devoted to growing skill sets and relationships between women physicians and industry partners. Women are too often absent from industry-driven activities such as skills trainings, advisory boards, speakers’ bureaus and clinical research. These present important opportunities not only to learn, but to diversify scientific decision making and activate innovative ideas to improve patient care. CLIMB aims to level the playing field.

The CLIMB 2021 application period is now closed. Recordings of each session will be available to all Talent Directory registrants starting in June.


  • J. Dawn Abbott, MD
    J. Dawn Abbott, MD
    Brown University
  • Nadia Sutton, MD
    Nadia Sutton, MD
    University of Michigan


  • Increase the technical skills and visibility of women performing complex interventional procedures
  • Promote more collaborative cath lab environments conducive to a diverse set of operators
  • Improve access to and relationships among women interventional cardiologists and industry partners


Women as One organized a discussion among leading global Cath Lab Directors to discuss what they are doing in their labs to advance the careers of women, and what leaders in interventional cardiology can do to diversify the field.





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J. Dawn Abbott, MD
Brown University

J. Dawn Abbott, MD, FACC, FSCAI is a Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief of Faculty Development and Academic Advancement in the Division of Cardiology, and Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at Brown Medical School. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and did residency and fellowship training at Yale. She is a high volume interventional cardiologist with a focus on complex PCI and endovascular interventions. Her research interests include percutaneous coronary intervention, structural interventions and peripheral arterial disease using observational and administrative data and clinical trials. She has received research grant support from the NIH, American College of Cardiology, Rhode Island Foundation, and industry. She has over 150 peer reviewed publications. She serves as an Associate Editor for Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions and is on the editorial board of several cardiovascular journals. She is active is national cardiovascular societies. She is current Chair of the SCAI women in innovations (WIN) Committee and a former Board of Trustee member of SCAI. She is Chair of the NCDR Cath PCI Research and Publication Committee and a member of the Steering Committee.

Nadia Sutton, MD
University of Michigan

Nadia R. Sutton, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of Interventional Cardiology at the University of Michigan (UM). Dr. Sutton received her Medical Degree from Loyola University of Chicago, where she graduated cum laude, with Honors in Research. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University. She undertook her post-graduate training in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology at the UM and served as Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow. She also completed research training through a National Institutes of Health training grant. Dr. Sutton’s clinical interest is in percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease, with a special interest in treating older adults (geriatric cardiology). Dr. Sutton is a physician-scientist researching mechanisms of vascular aging and seeks to identify interventions that promote healthy vascular aging. She has authored or co-authored publications in Journal of Clinical Investigation(JCI), JCI Insight, Journal of Biological Chemistry, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Network Open, Circulation, Circulation: Quality and Outcomes, Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB), and Journal of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). At the University of Michigan, Dr. Sutton enjoys teaching undergraduates, medical students, residents, cardiology fellows, and interventional cardiology fellows. Dr. Sutton is an active member of the Washtenaw County American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Ball Leadership Committee, the AHA ATVB Women’s Leadership Committee, the ACC National Cardiovascular Data Repository Cath PCI Research & Publications Subcommittee, and serves as an Assistant Editor on the Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions editorial board.