Margo B. Minissian, PhDc, ACNP, CLS, AACC, FAHA

Cardiology Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Lipid Specialist


Margo B. Minissian, ACNP is a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The center is designed to help women reduce their chances of heart disease through a preventive approach, including state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic testing.

Ms. Minissian is nationally board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and is also board-certified as a clinical lipid specialist from the National Lipid Association. She holds California licensures as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Margo holds designations as an Associate of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Margo is an active leader of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and serves on multiple national committees. She is a member of the American Heart Association, the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing where she plays a key role in precepting and teaching nurse practitioners.

Her primary research interests focus on cardiovascular prevention. She is a principal investigator currently evaluating Vitamin D and Statin Myalgias in women. Ms. Minissian has spoken at many professional organizations nation wide discussing the epidemic of women and heart disease and dyslipidemia complicated by statin myalgias.

She received her master's in nursing from UCLA, where she graduated with honors as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a doctoral candidate in the Biological and Bio-behavioral Research PhD program at the UCLA School of Nursing and is a UCLA Regents Scholar. Her dissertation study evaluates women who are at risk for preterm delivery and their future risk for heart disease. In addition, she is the Dean’s Scholar Fellow for the UCLA School of Nursing.

Margo has a passion for patient advocacy and, in 2010, was recognized as the first nurse to receive the Outstanding Advocate of the Year by the American College of Cardiology.

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