Harvard Health Books

Malissa Wood MD, FACC

Malissa J. Wood, MD, FACC, is a an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinical cardiologist and staff physician in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Her clinical practice is primarily devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women. Dr. Wood currently serves as the Co-Director of the MGH Heart Center Corrigan Women’s Health Program. Her clinical research with athletes includes work with the United States Olympic Committee studying Olympic athletes, Harvard University varsity athletes and amateur marathon runners and rowers.

Dr. Wood is the Primary Investigator of the HAPPY Heart trial- a primary prevention trial designed to reduce cardiovascular risk in low income women in the Boston area.  She is actively involved in teaching both on the local and national levels and serves as a mentor for female trainees in cardiovascular medicine for the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Wood received the Heart of the Mission Award from the Boston Chapter of the American Heart Association.  She is also the author of the award winning book Smart at Heart: a holistic ten step approach to better heart health for women.

  • Cardiac training for athletes
  • Heart health during pregnancy
  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • Weight control and heart health
  • Causes of heart disease in women
  • How to prevent heart disease