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Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Epidemiology & Population Health

Dorothy and William Manealoff Foundation and Molly Rosen Chair in Social Medicine Emerita

Principal Investigator, Women's Health Initiative

Epidemiology & population healthHypertensionWomen's health

An authority in epidemiology, Dr. Smoller has made important research contributions in several areas including hormone therapy and cardiovascular disease, depression and antidepressant use as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and biomarkers and prediction models of stroke risk. She has had a major role in studies that have helped to change medical practice in the U.S., including the NIH’s Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of postmenopausal women, for which she is Einstein’s principal investigator.

Dr. Smoller is also the founding principal investigator and now co-principal investigator of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the largest-ever study of Hispanic health in the U.S. Einstein is home to one of four sites in the U.S., and the only one in New York. She was a founding member of the Task Force on Women’s Health in the American Heart Association and has published more than 180 scientific papers and book chapters, as well as a textbook: Biostatistics and Epidemiology: A Primer for Biomedical and Health Professionals.


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Email: Sylvia.Smoller@einsteinmed.org