Dr. George has been a Cardiac Nurse Clinician for 26 years. At Winthrop since 2005, she is responsible for managing all components of the Women’s Cardiovascular Wellness & Prevention Program at Winthrop, as well as coordinating the Division of Cardiology’s Clinical Research Program. Her post-graduate training includes a Doctorate in Education in Applied Exercise Physiology from Columbia University’s Teachers College and an MSN from the Columbia University School of Nursing, where she also completed a BSN. She received her nursing diploma from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing.
Dr. George is very active in promoting women’s heart health throughout the community and serves as program coordinator for many community outreach events at Winthrop including an annual Women’s Heart-Health Symposium held every February.
She has published in professional journals and lectures on the topic frequently. She has a passion for community outreach and education with a particular interest in healthcare disparities. She is actively involved with the AHA and other National Organizations to raise heart-disease awareness.
Description of Research Interests/Activities
Currently Dr. George serves as Principal Investigator and Sub-Investigator on several sponsor and investigator-initiated clinical trials being conducted at Winthrop including the NIH-funded VIRGO Trial. The VIRGO Study is a prospective, observational study which is examining various factors that may predispose women to heart attacks and to poor recovery after a heart attack. The differences between men and women in the medical care that they receive following a heart attack will also be studied. Dr. George has also initiated and is overseeing several employee wellness research projects. The first is entitled The Walking Employees Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Lessons: Nutrition and Exercise Strategies for Success (WELLNESS) Study. The WELLNESS study is a retrospective, observational follow-up study whose purpose is to determine the effect a walking program has on risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease for employees who participated in a hospital-based employee walking program. It is currently in its second year and is now looking at whether adding an educational lunch & learn lecture series will further improve employees health and wellness. The second study entitled Peripheral Endothelial Properties – The Role A Hospital-Wide Weight Loss Initiative Has on Function (PEP-RALI) is investigating the effects of weight loss on vascular function in a group of volunteer employees participating in a self-guided 12-week hospital-wide weight loss competition. The primary objective of PEP-RALI is to test the hypothesis that endothelial function, via a novel, non-invasive device, will improve with improvements in body mass index (BMI) following a 12-week hospital-wide weight loss initiative. Dr. George’s research interests focus around gender, age and race-based clinical studies specifically addressing primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention for all individuals.
Areas of Experience
CV Wellness and Prevention
Research Team Members
Advanced Practice Nurse Coordinator: Wendy Drewes, BSN, RN
Advanced Practice Nurse Coordinator: Dipti Patel, RN, MPH, MS, CDN
Clinical Practice and Interests
Dr. George’s clinical practice integrates traditional, evidenced-based clinical expertise in both cardiac nursing and exercise physiology with high quality, culturally competent, healing-oriented medicine that is necessary to address the whole body, mind and spirit as it relates to each individual’s unique heart-health needs with a particular focus on cardiovascular wellness and prevention.