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Women's Heart Center

A woman’s heart is unique, and so are its challenges. Though heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, it often goes underdiagnosed and undertreated. That’s why Vanderbilt Health offers a specialized program tailored to women's heart health needs across their lifespan – from adolescence and childbirth to menopause. Our team of experts works together to treat heart disease with the special needs of women in mind. 

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Conditions We Treat

We treat all heart conditions, including:

  • Aortopathy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary vasospasm
  • Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)
  • Heart disease during menopause
  • Heart disease in oncology patients

Meet Your Care Team

Temitope O. Akinjogbin

Temitope O. AkinjogbinMD

    Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular Medicine, General Cardiology, Geriatric Cardiology, Heart and Vascular
Sharmin Basher

Sharmin BasherMD, MS

    Cardiovascular Medicine, General Cardiology, Heart and Vascular, Preventive Cardiology, Women's Heart Disease
Julie B. Damp

Julie B. DampMD

    Angina, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular Medicine, Coronary Heart Disease, General Cardiology, Heart Valve Diseases, Heart and Vascular
Debra Dixon

Debra DixonMD, MS

    Cardiovascular Medicine, General Cardiology, Heart and Vascular, Hypertension, Preventive Cardiology
Jessica M. Duran

Jessica M. DuranMD

    Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Medicine, Coronary Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), Women's Heart Disease
Benjamin P. Frischhertz

Benjamin P. FrischhertzMD

    Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Center, Cardiovascular Medicine, Complex Single Ventricle Conditions, Congenital Heart Disease, General Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology
Elise W. Boos

Elise W. BoosMD, MSc

    Contraception, Gynecology, Implanon, Intrauterine Devices, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tubal Ligation
Sarah S. Osmundson

Sarah S. OsmundsonMD, MS

    Maternal Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancy), Obstetrics and Gynecology
Soha S. Patel

Soha S. PatelBS, MSPH, MSc, MD

    Diabetic Care in Pregnancy, Fetal Anomalies in Pregnancy, Gynecology, Maternal Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy, Maternal Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancy), Multiple Pregnancy, Obstetrics
Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer ThompsonMD

    Gynecology, High Risk Pregnancy, Maternal Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy, Maternal Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancy), Obstetrics and Gynecology

Why Choose Women's Heart Center at Vanderbilt

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized care

    U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the top 20 of the nation's best hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery, as well as obstetrics and gynecology care.

  • caduceus, Depth of expertise, excellent outcomes
    Specialized care

    Our team has the expertise to treat cardiac conditions that are more common in women, such as sudden coronary artery dissection (SCAD), myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA), stress cardiomyopathy and coronary vasospasm.

  • conference, Team approach, people, staff, partners
    Team approach

    The Vanderbilt Women’s Heart Center brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts in one convenient location, including cardiologists specializing in women’s health, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, psychiatrists and dietitians.

  • compass, Patient care coordinators
    Pregnancy care

    Pregnancy can place extra strain on the heart, requiring specialized care for women with hypertension, cardiomyopathy or other cardiovascular conditions. Our nationally recognized cardio-obstetrics experts work closely with your obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to identify and treat these conditions before, during and after pregnancy.

  • microscope, Advanced care
    Advanced care

    As part of an academic medical center, we are leaders in caring for the most complex conditions. Our commitment to women's health research means that you receive the most current, advanced treatment available.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Advanced cardiac imaging
  • Cardiovascular risk assessment
  • Contraceptive counseling and services
  • Coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • Genetic testing
  • Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise
  • Medical therapy


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Nashville, TN 37204