Betsy Nabel, M.D.

President, Brigham Health

Betsy Nabel, M.D.
Betsy Nabel, M.D.

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Betsy Nabel has served as president of Harvard-affiliated Brigham Health – a founding member of Partners HealthCare in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital – since 2010. A cardiologist and distinguished biomedical researcher, Nabel is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

At Brigham Health, Nabel is leading an organizational transformation focused on innovation and building a collaborative culture to reshape healthcare delivery, compassionate care, scientific discovery, and training the next generation of medical and scientific leaders. Initiatives include a new translational research and clinical facility, leading-edge care redesign, and a $1.5 billion campaign to advance life-giving breakthroughs.

As former director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Nabel established pioneering programs in genomics and stem cells, founded the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and launched the Red Dress Heart Truth campaign. An accomplished physician-scientist, Nabel’s work on the molecular genetics of cardiovascular diseases has produced 17 patents and more than 250 scientific publications.

Nabel has been named one of the nation’s top leaders in medicine by Modern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review, and one of Boston’s 50 most powerful people by Boston magazine. Her colleagues have elected her to the American Academy of the Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and she is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nabel attended Weill Cornell Medical College and completed her training at the Brigham. After training, Nabel was chief of the Division of Cardiology, director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology at the University of Michigan. She joined the National Heart, Lung and Blood, Institute at the National Institutes of Health as Scientific Director of Clinical Research, and then as Director. She and her husband Gary have three children, all pursuing careers in medicine.