Shaista Malik is the founding Executive Director of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and the founding Associate Vice Chancellor of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a tenured professor in the University of California division of cardiology, department of medicine. She is an investigator on several National Institute of Health (NIH) grants, including a career development award, a K23, from NIH (NHLBI) looking at the role of imaging in those with diabetes and the principal investigator of a RO1 grant, looking at the genetic, protein, and imaging markers of early heart disease. She is also investigating the role of acupuncture in treating hypertension. She is also the founding medical director of the preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation programs.