Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP

Nurse Scientist
Cardiology Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Lipid Specialist
Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute


Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP, is a nurse scientist, cardiology nurse practitioner and clinical lipid specialist 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.

Her primary research interests focus on cardiovascular prevention. Minissian is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to complete heart health screenings in ethnic minority women. She has partnered with local nursing organizations to complete this study, which takes place in minority communities in Los Angeles. Her second NIH-funded study was her doctoral project, "Is Spontaneous Preterm Delivery Associated with Clustering of Maternal Cardiovascular Risk MarkErs and Impaired Vascular Function? The SPACE Study." Minissian was also awarded the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Summer 2014 pre-doctoral fellowship, the American Nurses Foundation nurse scholar fellowship and was the UCLA dean's scholar fellow and a UCLA regents scholar. Minissian is a published, principal investigator and co-investigator at Cedars-Sinai with multiple peer-reviewed publications.

Minissian has spoken at many professional organizations nationwide discussing the epidemic of women and heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and dyslipidemia complicated by statin myalgias. Minissian co-authored the ACC/AHA Secondary Prevention Guidelines, in which she chaired the smoking cessation section. In addition, she co-authored the 2016 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on the Role of Non-Statin Therapies for LDL-Cholesterol Lowering in the Management of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk.

Minissian has presented at the Puerto Rico, Minnesota, Montana, Kentucky, New York, Washington and California Chapters of the American College of Cardiology, to name a few. She was also filmed on the television show, Doctors, with her colleague, C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD.

Minissian received her master's in nursing from UCLA, where she graduated with honors as an acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She completed her PhD in biological research at the UCLA School of Nursing, where she was the dean's scholar fellow, UCLA regents scholar and a scholar of the American Nurses Foundation.

Minissian has a passion for patient advocacy and was recognized as the first nurse in 2010 to be named the Outstanding Advocate of the Year from the American College of Cardiology. She was presented with the Coalition to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Disparities in CV Outcomes award, which was given in Washington, D.C., in 2014. At the 2016 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions, she was the Distinguished Associate awardee, which is the highest honor a scientist/nurse can receive.