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Joan Briller, MD, FACC, FASE, FAHA

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

BIRCWH Internal Advisory Board


Dr. Joan E. Briller is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology) where she directs the Women and Heart Disease Program. She has a long-standing focus on pregnancy-associated heart disease with current research projects addressing maternal morbidity, mortality and pregnancy-associated heart failure. Her clinical program has evaluated more than 1000 women with pregnancy related cardiac disease. She has served as a co-investigator for IPAC, a multicenter NHLBI-funded study on the role of immune activation and myocardial recovery in peripartum cardiomyopathy which is providing new insights into this illness associated with substantial maternal mortality. As a member of the Illinois Maternal Mortality Committee, she has joined Illinois’ efforts to reduce maternal cardiovascular deaths. She has served on advisory committees for the Sister to Sister Foundation and the Heart Truth Campaign and has served as a Chicago spokesperson for the AHA, including 15 years working on Chicago Go Red Activities and is member of the American College of Cardiology Committee on heart disease in women.


Medical School: University of Connecticut Medical School, Mansfield, CT
Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: University of Chicago, IL

List of Accomplishments/Awards/Honor

Cardiovascular Fellowship Excellence in Teaching Award 2015

Rudi Ansbacher Scholar Women in Academic Leadership 2015-Present

Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship (STEFF) 2008-2009

Physical Activity and Public Health Scholarship CDC 2008Raymond B. Allen Golden Apple (M4) Award for Teaching 2007

American Heart Association Woman of Heart award 2006

Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography 2003

Top Doctors Chicago Metro Area 1999-Present

American Heart Association, Fighting Heart Disease Award 1999

Golden Apple Teaching Award 1994-1995

Silver Apple Teaching Award 1993-1994

Fellow, American College of Cardiology 1988

Associate, American College of Physicians 1981

University of Connecticut Medical School Scholarship1977 – 1987

Yale University Graduate Fellowship 1974-1977

Categories: DOM – Cardiology – Faculty