LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2020) — Dr. Gretchen Wells, director of the UK HealthCare (UKHC) Women's Heart Program at the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, has been selected to receive the American Heart Association's Council on Clinical Cardiology 2020 Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award.
The award is designed to recognize individuals who have an outstanding record of effectively mentoring women cardiologists and underscores the importance of mentoring in the professional development of women.
Wells, who also is professor of medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was nominated by the UKHC cardiology fellows and internal medicine residents.
"As any of us in academic medicine can attest, we are only where we are because of our mentors, and I am fortunate to have had such a strong group of men and women mentoring me throughout the years," Wells said. "UKHC, in particular the Department of Medicine and the Division of Cardiology, has created a strong mentoring network."
Wells helps Kentucky women enjoy longer, fuller lives with healthy hearts. Wells says there are many issues to tackle and more research is needed to help women thrive. She's particularly interested in finding new ways of detection and treatment to address the differences in heart disease in men versus women.
She also focuses on treating women who are breast cancer survivors and develop heart problems from chemotherapy, and young women with pregnancy complications, like preeclampsia, who are at higher risk for heart disease later in life.
In addition to her work at the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, Wells is heavily involved in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a national health study that helped to identify a number of risk factors and courses of treatment for women for various diseases, including heart disease.
Wells will receive the award during the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions Annual Conference in November.
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