Dr. Malissa Wood
Dr. Wood received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed both her Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where she served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Wood is a clinical cardiologist and staff physician in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Wood's 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 Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center Corrigan Women's Health Program and is the principle investigator of the Happy Heart Trial, a primary prevention in low income women study designed to improve the cardiovascular health of high risk women.
Dr. Wood has authored book chapters describing the cardiovascular response to pregnancy and exercise in pregnancy. Dr. Wood's 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 has published extensively in the area of cardiac adaptations to exercise training in athletes and is the principle investigator on a number of studies examining utilizing new echocardiographic techniques.
Dr. Wood is also the co-investigator of an NIH funded trial assessing the benefit of Tai Chi in the treatment of heart failure patients. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Heart Association and is on the writing committee for the American Board of Echocardiography Certification exam. Dr Wood received the Heart of Our Mission Award in September of 2008, an award bestowed by the American Heart Association for her volunteer efforts for the Go Red Campaign to reduce heart disease in Women.