University of Alabama at Birmingham epidemiologist Donna K. Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., has been named president of the American Heart Association for its 2012-13 fiscal year beginning July 1, becoming the first epidemiologist to serve in the role.
As president, Arnett will be chief volunteer scientific and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters.
Arnett is professor and chairperson of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. She is the principal investigator of numerous studies focused on genetic and genomic determinants of drug response in cardiovascular disease.
An American Heart Association volunteer for more than 20 years, Arnett recently completed a two-year term as president of the organization’s Greater Southeast Affiliate. She chairs the association’s Science Advisory & Coordinating Committee and is a member of its Board of Directors, Administrative Cabinet, Advocacy Coordinating Committee and Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee.
In 2005, Arnett received the association’s Award of Meritorious Achievement for her role as inaugural chairman of the Functional Genomics & Translational Biology Interdisciplinary Working Group.
She is a past chairman of the association’s Research Committee and Scientific Publishing Committee.