Basic Cardiovascular Science 2020 Scientific Sessions is supported by an independent medical education grant from: Merck and Novartis Pharmaceuticals North America.

Scientific Councils

Professional membership is made up of CV professionals who participate in discovery and dissemination of science through 16 Scientific Councils.


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AHA Professional Membership is made up of a robust group of cardiovascular professionals who participate in discovery and dissemination of science. Within the membership group, we have 16 different scientific councils, each unique in their own way, which are sure to coincide with your cardiovascular specialties and classifications. 

AHA Professional Members affiliate and interact with one or more of these scientific councils that match their specialty or classification, depending on the membership level selected.

Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)

Welcome to the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council! Our council engages scientists and clinicians working to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerotic, vascular, and thrombotic diseases in the US and worldwide. Council membership includes investigators with interests that range from discovery science to clinical research.

Kerry-Anne Rye, PhD, FAHA Chair, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

 Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions       ATVB       ATVB Council Awards

Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS)

Welcome to the Basic Cardiovascular Council of the American Heart Association (AHA). I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Council and to serve the mission of the AHA. BCVS is one of largest organizations dedicated to fundamental and translation research to improve heart health. Our membership spans the globe and, importantly, across the professional spectrum of cardiovascular researchers.

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, FAHA Chair, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 

BCVS Scientific Sessions        Circulation Research        BCVS Council Awards

Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)

The Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation’s bench-to-bedside and community approach ranges from integrated cardiopulmonary physiology to issues of critical care, emergency cardiovascular care and CPR.

This is an exciting time for the Council; the past few years have seen growth in our membership and new programs, including the formation of a robust Early Career Committee and inclusion of pre-hospital providers into our activities and programming.

Fumito Ichinose, MD, PhD, FAHA Chair, Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation

 Resuscitation Science Symposium        Scientific Sessions        Circulation        3CPR Council Awards

Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)

Welcome to the website of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN). It is an honor and privilege to serve as CVSN Chair. I am looking forward to working with all of you to build upon what previous leaders have accomplished.

Through the valued expertise of our partners, we are able to accelerate the discovery, interpretation, and application of scientific knowledge to enhance cardiovascular health and treat cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The CVSN Council plays an essential role in the overall mission of AHA/ASA through helping to develop scientific statements and advisories, determining the nature and scope of professional education activities, providing scientific expertise and conducting research as well as promoting translation/application of new knowledge and evidence-base practices in clinical settings.

Cynthia M. Dougherty, ARNP, PhD, FAHA, FAAN Chair, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing 

 Scientific Sessions       International Stroke Conference        Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing        CVSN Council Awards

Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI)

I am proud to be a long-standing member of the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI) as it supports the American Heart Association (AHA) mission "to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives." The CVRI Council members further these missions by providing outstanding research, education, outreach, and mentorship in the fields of cardiovascular imaging and image-guided intervention.

Sanjay Misra, MD, FAHA, FSIR Chair, Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention 

Scientific Sessions     Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging     CVRI Council Awards

Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)

The Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA) continues to work on improving and fostering education, research and clinical care of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery. Whether attending Scientific Sessions in November, participating in writing scientific statements or guidelines, or getting involved in “You’re the Cure” or AHA advocacy efforts, we hope you will join the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia in its efforts to increase scientific and medical knowledge and better the quality of care of patients with cardiac and vascular disease amenable to treatment with surgery.