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Women as One develops projects which forward its mission of promoting talent in medicine.



Building the Pipeline of Women Key Opinion Leaders

Starting with a focus on interventional cardiology, CLIMB is a series of activities 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.


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.

Build your complex interventional cardiovascular procedural skills and gain visibility with CLIMB Skills Training.


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


  • Select up to 4 Topic Tracks: Atherectomy; CTO; Hemodynamic Support/Shock; Intravascular Imaging
  • Tracks led by by world-renowned expert faculty
  • Program is FREE
  • Archived program content posted on Women as One website and available to all Talent Directory registrants


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  AHA Journals: Gender Differences in Industry Payments Among Cardiologists         READ MORE >>

  American Heart Journal: Is there sex bias against women reflects in industry payments and does it matter?         READ MORE >>

  The American Journal of Surgery: Assessing the domino effect           READ MORE >>

  JAMA Network: Types of Distributions of Bio-medical Industry Payments to Men and Women Physicians by Speciality, 2015          READ MORE >>

  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research:  Men Receive Three Times More Industry Payments than Women Academic Orthopaedic Surgeons, Even After Controlling for Confounding Variables           READ MORE >>

The number of women in cardiology around the world is consistently low, and those in practice often have lower visibility and fewer professional opportunities than their male colleagues. Women as One aims to disrupt the cycle with the Escalator Awards. These awards serve to “escalate” a highly qualified group of women cardiologists by providing them with funding and a suite of professional advancement opportunities.

The application period has now ended.
Winners will be announced on December 18, 2020.




  • For women academic cardiologists <10yrs post training

  • Mentor Awards – For women cardiologists >10yrs post training
  • Fellow Awards - For women cardiologists in training



  • $50,000 in support of approved research project
  • Quarterly online research mentorship meetings
  • Live networking events during the 2021 ESC and AHA conferences *
  • $25,000 (Mentors)/$10,000 (Fellows) in support of protected time to work with assigned mentor/fellow
  • Fellows/mentors will be matched by Women as One based on required application materials
  • Each mentor/fellow match is expected to develop a research, education or quality improvement project that will be carried out over the 12-month award cycle
  • Live networking events during the 2021 ESC and AHA conferences *

Award winners will be announced on December 18, 2020.
Please contact Alexandra McLeod,, with questions.


*Subject to COVID restrictions

2020 award winners

Women as One congratulates the 5 winners and 5 semi-finalists of the inaugural Escalator Awards. Please click on the button below to visit the 2020 Escalator Awards website.

  • Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS
    Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS
    University of Arizona | United States
  • Blanche Cupido, MD
    Blanche Cupido, MD
    Groote Schuur Hospital | South Africa
  • Nicola Ryan, MB, BCh, BAO
    Nicola Ryan, MB, BCh, BAO
    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary | United Kingdom
  • Rashmee Shah, MD
    Rashmee Shah, MD
    University of Utah | United States
  • Harriette Van Spall, MD, MPH
    Harriette Van Spall, MD, MPH
    McMaster University | Canada


Women as One is focused on improving the culture of medicine to normalize and standardize family planning, pregnancy, parental leave and return to work practices and policies.


of women physicians go part-time or leave medicine altogether within six years of completing their residencies.


of women from a European Society of Cardiology survey had concerns about radiation exposure.


of female cardiologists feel pressure to truncate maternity leave.


Radiation Safety in the Practice of Cardiology: What All Women Need to Know is an interactive slide set aimed to educate all members of the care team on the basics of radiation safety, and the specific implications for those members who are pregnant while performing procedures in clinical environments that utilize radiation. The goal is to ensure workplaces are equipped with accurate, evidence-based information and to encourage policies and regulations which match the underlying data.



  • Inform the audience of current trends in CV Training programs
  • Understand the importance of parental leave policies for all fellows
  • Change the culture of CV Training Programs to enhance diversity

Speakers: Gaby Weissman MD, Doreen Defaria Yeh MD, Joshua Knowles MD, PhD, Julie Damp MD

Recorded on October 14, 2020 and co-sponsored by The American College of Cardiology


Women as One organized a discussion among cardiologist couples to explore how they balance their careers and home. The goal is to inspire discussion, leadership, and change in support of families in the medical field.

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  Career Preferences and Perceptions of Cardiology Among US Internal Medicine Trainees    READ MORE >>

  The Pregnant Cardiologist  

  Pregnancy During Cardiology Training: We Need a Policy READ MORE >>

  Establishing and Expecting a Culture of Support for Breastfeeding Cardiology Fellows          READ MORE >>

  SCAI Consensus Document on Occupational Radiation Exposure to the Pregnant Cardiologist and Technical Personnel READ MORE >>

  Why Women Leave Medicine 

  Men Say They Want Paid Leave but Then Don’t Use All of It. What Stops Them?  READ MORE >>


Women fall behind their male counterparts in pay, promotion and professional advancement opportunities across the board. This page entails a rolling set of activities aimed to educate, inspire and arm women with the resources they need to become leaders in their field.


Women cardiologists make $2.5M less than their male counterparts over the course of their careers.


Women make up 5% of division chief roles within Cardiology.


Women Cardiologists are 37% less likely to become full professors than men.

Introducing the Women as One Leadership Academy, a 4-part video series on key topics featuring interviews from women leaders.

The One Fund is Women as One’s investment in the future of medicine. It is an investment vehicle through which the organization will be able to build bigger, bolder programming in support of women physicians around the world. By contributing to The One Fund, you will help us grow our ongoing investment in women, thereby creating a reciprocal culture of investing, and strengthening our collective ability to succeed.


Women as One organized a discussion among early career cardiologists about money. The hope is to promote more transparency and dialogue about these topics in an effort to encourage financial literacy and confidence among women.


Want to keep the conversation going? Lead your own discussion group using our new discussion guides.

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Salary Resources

  AAMC Salary Calculator         

  MGMA Salary Calculator         

  ACC Health Policy Statement on Compensation and Equity          READ MORE >>


Saira Malik Rahman, MD, Pediatrician, South Bend, IN

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Women as One feels it is more important than ever to support women in medicine. Many of the front line healthcare workforce include women; nurses, technicians, physicians and many others who bravely go to work each day, often without adequate protection, to treat patients who are scared and alone. At home, women face additional unexpected responsibilities, and in some cases must even distance themselves from their families.

This is an incredibly stressful time, and so we have compiled a source of information in support of your wellbeing that we hope you find useful now and in the months to follow. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you do today and every day, and hope that we can soon return to state of calm.



1. Explore the underpinnings of traumatic stress
2. Discuss common reactions and how trauma uniquely impacts women
3. Review related support tools for ourselves and each other

Dr. Tara Galovski, PhD

Director of Women’s Health Sciences of the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System

Dr. Patricia Watson, PhD

Senior Educational Specialist for the National Center for PTSD | Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine Dartmouth

Dr. Sonya Norman, PhD

Director of the NCPTD Consultation Program | Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego

Dr. Debra Kaysen, PhD

Professor at Stanford | President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Covid Coach App

The COVID Coach app was created by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Webinar on wellness & resilience in the face of crisis

Finding Grit & Grace to Lead during COVID-19


Recorded on April 14, 2020

Hosted by Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS – physician and author of “Between Grit and Grace: How to be Feminine and Formidable”

Causes We Care About

Over the next several months, Women as One will donate funds to organizations we believe will make a positive impact in the fight against COVID-19. We hope you will also consider donating to these worthy organizations.

Women as One donation: $5,000

For production & delivery of N95 masks to frontline workers



  ACC: Practice Made Perfect - Clinician Well-Being During a Time of Crisis          READ MORE >>

  What is PTSD video         

  PTSD Coach App         

  The Center for Mind-Body Medicine - Self Care Resources          READ MORE >>

  Healio physician burnout         


  NIH: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder         

  VOX: Coronavirus Mental Health         

  AMA: 6 Ways to Address Physician Stress During Covid-19 Pandemic         READ MORE >>

  WHO: Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak          READ MORE >>

  Cardiovascular Business: Putting it all on the line          READ MORE >>

  The Lancet: COVID-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak          READ MORE >>

Women As One aims to enrich the global talent pool in medicine through the development of unique professional opportunities for female physicians.

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Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS
University of Arizona | United States

Specialty: Heart Failure, Transplantation

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA is Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Division of Cardiology, and advanced heart failure & transplant cardiologist. Dr. Breathett is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School with distinction in service. She completed training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and cardiology and advanced heart failure/transplant subspecialty fellowship at Ohio State University. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health and the American Heart Association while obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Science at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Breathett is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. She has developed pilot trials, outcomes studies, observational population studies, and community interventions focused on reducing racial and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Breathett is a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) K01 funded primary investigator for work to address allocation of advanced therapies in racial/ethnic minorities.

Dr. Breathett’s research has been published in high impact journals including Circulation: Heart Failure, JACC: Heart Failure, and The American Journal of Medicine. Her works have received press acknowledgment in Reuters, MedPage Today, and Business Insider among others. She has been recognized as a National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, Heart Failure Society of America Emerging Leader, and selected for the American Heart Association Research Leader’s Academy. Dr. Breathett is passionate about reducing racial/ethnic and gender disparities in heart failure.


Blanche Cupido, MD
Groote Schuur Hospital | South Africa

Specialty: Echocardiolography, Imaging, Interventional Cardiology, ACHD

Dr. Blanche Cupido is a consultant adult cardiologist practicing general, imaging and interventional cardiology and has a special interest in congenital heart disease, cardiac imaging and valvular heart disease, in Cape Town, South Africa.

She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2001 and after completing her internship and community service, she embarked on her physician and subsequent cardiology training, which she completed in 2013. In 2016, she spent a year doing a post-graduate fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Leeds, UK. In 2017, she also completed a certificate in advanced heart failure management from the University of Zurich and the European Cardiac Academy.

She returned to Groote Schuur Hospital , Cape Town to establish a dedicated Adult Congenital Heart Disease unit and currently works at Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT Private Academic Hospital as the Head of Echocardiography and the Clinical Lead for Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Apart from running these clinical services, she is involved in the training of cardiology fellows, as well as research. Her long-term goal is to improve the current training opportunities for cardiology fellows in South Africa and eventually to the rest of Africa. Furthermore, she wishes to establish an increased competence in the field of Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Africa.

She is currently the President elect for SA Heart (the National Cardiac Society of South Africa) as well as the Deputy Ambassador for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Global Affairs Committee in Africa.


Nicola Ryan, MB, BCh, BAO
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary | United Kingdom

Specialty: Interventional Cardiology

Nicola Ryan is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She received her medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2008), followed by Internal Medicine (2011) and Cardiology training (2015) through the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Thereafter, she completed a prestigious Interventional Cardiology and research fellowship in Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid (2017).

Dr. Ryan’s interests are primarily in the role of intra-coronary physiology and imaging, which she routinely applies in her clinical practice as well as in the clinical interventional research she leads in Aberdeen. She engages as a reviewer for several high impact journals. Dr. Ryan is a member of the EuroPCR Scientific Committee and the PCR NextGen group, as well as a member of the European Society of Cardiology fellowship committee.

Rashmee Shah, MD
University of Utah | United States

Specialty: General Cardiology

Rashmee Shah, MD, MS is a cardiologist and data scientist whose research program focuses on applied biomedical informatics methods and artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to answer clinically important questions. Using large, complex clinical datasets like electronic medical records (EMR) for outcomes research is a daunting challenge. Beyond predicting outcomes, Dr. Shah’s research (including two NIH awards as Principal Investigator) seeks to understand relationships between clinical variables and outcomes in the context of atrial fibrillation (AF).

Dr. Shah’s group developed a machine learning algorithm that processes clinical notes and identifies AF patients with 93% sensitivity and 89% specificity, as well as a classifier to extract critical features (e.g. CHA2DS2-VASc score). Building upon these successes, Dr. Shah is preparing a NIH proposal to leverage these computable phenotypes for prediction and discovery, using Bayesian networks, an ‘explainable’ AI method. Specifically, Dr. Shah and associates will design a model to predict and understand AF therapy failures, using 5 million longitudinal blood pressure and heart rate measures curated from the EMR. In the future, Dr. Shah plans to build on these models with additional biomarker data to move closer to precision medicine. Dr. Shah’s work also focuses on comparing the effectiveness of rate versus rhythm control and anticoagulation strategies among cancer patients with AF, using our AI-based methods in support of subsequent pragmatic clinical trials.

Dr, Shah’s career goals are to become (1) a leading expert in the field of big data science and cardiovascular disease; (2) a successful mentor for junior researchers; and (3) to create technologies that equitably reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease amongst all patients.


Harriette Van Spall, MD, MPH
McMaster University | Canada

Specialty: Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Imaging

Dr. Van Spall completed a Doctor of Medicine degree and postgraduate clinical training at the University of Toronto. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University. She is a full-time cardiologist, with a clinical focus in Heart Failure and Echocardiography in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Van Spall is a scientist who leads clinical trials in Heart Failure at the Population Health Research Institute. She has garnered more than $4.0 million in research funding, including peer- reviewed grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term care. She has won several research awards, is an invited international speaker, and has presented her research at Late Breaking Clinical Trial sessions at the European Society of Cardiology and American Heart Association conferences. Her work is published in high-impact medical journals, including JAMA, Lancet, Circulation, and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Van Spall has a track record in mentorship and is passionate about sponsoring women in Cardiology. She has used her roles as researcher and media correspondent to highlight the
gender-based disparities in Medicine. She is committed to fostering the career growth of women as principal investigators of cardiovascular clinical trials and as leaders of academic medical institutions. She has chaired scientific conferences, maintaining a focus on scientific excellence and gender equity of co-chairs and speakers. She plans to work with Women as One platform to develop a formal mentorship and networking program for women who wish to pursue a research career in Cardiology.

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.