About the Authors

Jennifer H. Mieres

Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres is one of the world’s experts and patient advocates in the fields of nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular disease in women. Dr. Mieres is a founding member and past president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC). She also has the distinction of being the first female President of ASNC.

In June 2010 Dr. Mieres joined the North Shore-LIJ Health System as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Medical Director of the Center for Learning and Innovation. She will serve as the Health System’s liaison for diversity initiatives to membership organizations, government entities and other healthcare organizations. Dr. Mieres continues her role as a clinical nuclear cardiologist and is also a member of the physician faculty of the North Shore-LIJ Health System as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Hofstra University School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Mieres served as an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Nuclear Cardiology at The Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at New York University School of Medicine.

A graduate of Bennington College and Boston University School of Medicine, she is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) and is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology.

Dr. Mieres is actively involved in clinical cardiovascular research. She chaired the AHA’s writing group on imaging in women and is the lead author of the AHA’s 2005 scientific publication on diagnostic testing for women She is currently one of the lead investigators of a national study (The WOMEN Study: What is the Optimal Method for Ischemia Evaluation in Women?) to determine the optimal non-invasive test for women with suspected heart disease. She presents her research papers on cardiovascular disease in women at national and international conferences is one of the distinguished faculty invited to scientific sessions of the ACC, AHA, ASNC and the International conference of Nuclear Cardiology.

She is an active volunteer for the AHA and is the Chair of the AHA’s 2010 national Professional Education Committee and a member of the Program Committee for AHA scientific sessions (2009, 2010). She is very involved in community service and is a national spokesperson for the AHA’s Go Red For Women movement. Dr. Mieres is a past chair of the organization’s national Cardiac Imaging Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology (2006-2008) and in addition served as a member of the AHA’s National Board of Directors (2004-2006). She also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for WomenHeart: The national coalition for women living with heart disease.

Dr. Mieres is a recipient of many awards. Most recently she received the Louis B. Russell award from the American Heart Association. This award is presented annually to one Association volunteer for outstanding service in addressing healthcare disparities and/or service to minority and underserved communities and enhancing the relationship between the Association and under-served communities.  Other awards include the 2008 Woman’s Day Red Dress Award for her contributions to Women’s Heart Health , the 2002 New York State Governor’s award for excellence, the April 2004 WomenHeart Wenger Award for Healthcare and the Long Island AHA Award for Outstanding Service as President.

Dr. Mieres is routinely called upon by the media to comment on heart health, appearing in national and local media outlets on such programs as 20/20, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and the Martha Stewart Show. As a producer of the PBS documentary “A Woman’s Heart,” (2003) she was nominated for an Emmy for Best documentary in the Health Science category at the 46th Annual New York Emmy Awards. In November 2008 she was featured in SHAPE magazine as one of the women who Shape the World. In 2009 and 2010, Dr Mieres was featured in New York magazine as one of NY’s leading doctors in cardiovascular disease.

In 2008 Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas: A Five Week Program for Living a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, was published by St Martin’s Press.

Dr. Jennifer Mieres Press Kit


Terri Ann Parnell

Dr. Terri Ann Parnell is the Corporate Director of Health Literacy for the North Shore-LIJ Health System in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Health Literacy. Dr. Parnell is responsible for establishing a health literacy strategic plan and implementing health literacy initiatives across the NS-LIJ Health System, its communities, and the Hofstra University Medical School.

Dr. Parnell is a nursing graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. Her BSN was completed at Adelphi University in Garden City New York. She went on to complete her master’s degree in health care administration at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York where she served as an adjunct professor. As a graduate of Case Western University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, Dr. Parnell researched health literacy knowledge and experience in senior level baccalaureate nursing students.

With over 30 years of progressive roles in nursing and administration, Dr. Parnell is well known for innovation in the area of health literacy. Her accomplishments include receiving a Pfizer Health Literacy / Communication Visiting Professorship Grant, hosting various health literacy events, and developing a patient education material review process.

As co-author of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas: A Five-Week Program for Living a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle (New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press, 2008), Dr. Parnell is very familiar with the importance of community, culture and lifestyle.

Dr. Parnell has been honored for her efforts in conjunction with the Long Island Heart Walk and the Go Red for Women Initiative. She has received nursing awards for excellence in research, patient and family education and community service.

Currently Dr. Parnell is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Health Care Education Association, the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Medical Writers Association. She is also on the planning committee for the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 2011 Health Literacy Conference. Her expertise and passion for health literacy have also allowed Dr. Parnell to present at local and national conferences.