Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program enabled Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, to conduct research that will increase the awareness of patients, physicians, at-risk communities, and policy-makers about the need to focus on heart disease prevention even among young adults. In December 2007, she authored a study using a computer simulation to project the impact of current adolescent obesity on future adult heart disease rates that was published as a special article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In March 2009, Bibbins-Domingo authored a study that found that young African Americans experienced the same rate of heart failure as elderly Caucasians and that the risk of heart failure was related in part to obesity and hypertension in young adulthood. This study was the lead article in the March 18, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine.