It didn’t take long for Fatima Cody Stanford to “feel at home” after a prominent, long-time AHA volunteer approached her about getting involved in the organization.
“I am thankful to have met [Sherita Hill Golden, MD, MHS, of Johns Hopkins Medicine],” said Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA. “With her prominent track record in the AHA, I believe her professionalism and encouragement bode well for improving diversity in medicine as a whole. Her long-term commitment to the AHA likely influenced her ability to continue to propel me within my career.”
Stanford, an obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, said one reason she became an AHA member is because of its strong voice for cardiometabolic health.
She recently joined the Council of Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health and the Council of Quality of Care and Outcomes Research to help address the underlying diseases or conditions — including obesity — that lead to many adverse cardiovascular events.
“I very much look forward to becoming integrated into these councils so that I may contribute my background and experience in caring for pediatric and adult patients with obesity,” Stanford said. “I would like to have a special focus on obesity in one or both of these committees. I’m eager to learn how my expertise can align with others to improve the care of individuals with obesity.
“The power of organized medicine is invaluable. It’s impossible to make progress with regard to patient care without a concerted and collective voice. I see the AHA as having a strong voice with regards to improving health outcomes.”
In addition to contributing to AHA councils, Dr. Stanford said she’s looking forward to learning from long-term members of the association.
“As a newer member, I am open to finding out more about how to maximize my membership and how to best get more involved,” she said.