Athena Poppas, MD, MACC, is the Director of Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, at Rhode Island, Miriam, and Newport Hospitals, and is Chief of the Cardiology Division and Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr Poppas received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Chicago Hospital.
Her clinical and research areas of focus are in echocardiography and in treating patients with valvular heart disease and heart disease during pregnancy. She was named a Top Doctor by Rhode Island Monthly magazine and has received numerous teaching awards at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.
Prior to becoming ACC vice president, Poppas held numerous leadership roles within the College including chair of the Women in Cardiology Section, chair of the ACC Annual Scientific Session in 2015- 2016, chair of the ACC Sections Steering Committee and chair of the ACC Governance Committee. She also served on the ACC Board of Governors as governor and president of the ACC Rhode Island Chapter, as well as on the ACC Board of Trustees. She is currently a guest editor in chief for JACC and a co-editor for Hurst 2021.
Dr Poppas is also a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, where she has served on committees, including ethics, nominating and scientific programs. She has also worked with the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology, among other organizations.