CMHC Faculty Members

Margo Minissian, PhD, ACNP, NEA-BC, FAHA, FNLA

Margo Minissian, PhD, ACNP, NEA-BC, FAHA, FNLA


Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP, NEA-BC, FAHA, FNLA is the Executive Director, Brawerman Institute and the Simms/ Mann Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Nurse Education, Innovation, Performance Improvement, and Research. She is a Faculty Research Scientist, Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute and the Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She holds National Board Certifications as a Nurse Executive- Advanced and as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also Nationally board certified as a Clinical Lipid Specialist from the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology. As the Executive Director of the Brawerman Nursing Institute at Cedars Sinai, Dr. Minissian has worked diligently to reduce nurse sensitive indicators, increase research and publications among Cedars-Sinai nursing, restructure the resuscitation program for clinical staff to reduce costs and improve employee satisfaction. Dr. Minissian is working to ensure all nursing fellowship programs receive PTAP accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.Most recently, Cedars-Sinai was recognized as the 2020 NICHE and ABIM Foundation Choosing Wisely® Trailblazer award. This award recognizes the clinical team for improving care for older adults in one of the clinical areas identified by the American Academy of Nursing’s Choosing Wisely® recommendations. As a prevention scientist, Dr. Minissian has a strong interest in protecting healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her team of co-investigators are enrolling registered nurses (RNs) in the study, “The Coronavirus Risk Associations and Longitudinal Evaluation- Nurses Surveillance Study (CORALE-NS)” which will systematically address the overarching hypothesis that pre-clinical increases in inflammatory proteins in RNs working under repeated exposure to Covid-19 positive patients, place these workers at increased risk for severe disease prior to them testing positive for Covid-19. Dr. Minissian is the Director of the Postpartum Heart Health Program, Registry and Biorepository which has been designed to help identify, risk stratify and treat women who experience adverse pregnancy outcomes. Her National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study, “Is Spontaneous Preterm Delivery Associated with Clustering of Maternal Cardiovascular Risk Markers and Impaired Vascular Function? The SPACE Study” received many awards including the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Summer 2014 Pre-doctoral Fellowship, an NIH_NRSA Pre-doctoral award, and the American Nurses Foundation Nurse Scholar Fellowship. Dr. Minissian also competed in the American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award as the first PhD nurse and was 1st runner up with her Preterm Delivery work in the Clinical Cardiology Competition. In 2019, Dr. Minissian was funded the prestigious K99R00 NIH award titled, “Is Spontaneous Preterm Delivery and Preeclampsia Associated with Vascular or Cardiac Dysfunction?”; to continue her work in adverse pregnancy outcomes and future cardiovascular disease risk in women. She is currently conducting this 5-year study to evaluate vascular and cardiac function in women who experience an adverse pregnancy outcome. Dr. Minissian completed her biological research PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, was a UCLA Dean’s Scholar Fellow and a UCLA Regents Scholar. She is published in 40 peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Women’s Health, Nurse Leader, and The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. Dr. Minissian has a continuing passion for education and has contributed towards the design of national educational programs as well as being a speaker at many professional organizations nation-wide discussing the epidemic of women and heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and dyslipidemia complicated by statin myalgias. In addition, Dr. Minissian was co-author of the 2017 Focused Update of the 2016 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on the Role of Non-Statin Therapies for LDL-Cholesterol Lowering in the Management of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk and the ACC/ AHA Secondary Prevention Guidelines in which she chaired the smoking cessation section. Dr. Minissian was also a member of the ACC Scientific Planning Steering Committee from 2014-2018. As a passionate patient advocate, Dr. Minissian was the first nurse to receive the Outstanding Advocate of the Year by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Coalition to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Disparities in CV Outcomes (CREDO) Award. She was the National Chair for nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists for 7 years as the Chair of the Cardiovascular Team Council for the ACC in which she was an important nursing voice on Capitol Hill. For her years of service to the ACC, Dr. Minissian was presented with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Distinguished Associate Award, which is the highest honor a scientist/nurse can receive.

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