Rita Redberg, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.C.

Professor, Araxe Vilensky Endowed Chair in Cardiology
University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2003-2004
Fellowship Placements: Sen Hatch (R-UT), Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Sponsoring Institution: University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Discipline / Profession: Cardiology


Rita F. Redberg, M.D., M.Sc., is Professor and Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Doctor of Medicine from University of Pennsylvania Medical School. She was awarded a Thouron Fellowship, which allowed her to complete a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics. After completing her medical residency and cardiology fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Redberg joined the faculty at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York before moving to UCSF. She helped develop and was Codirector of UCSF’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has been the Director of a successful annual American College of Cardiology extramural program on heart disease in women since 1997, and she started a national committee on women in cardiology for the American Heart Association (AHA) in 1994. Dr. Redberg has had a longstanding passion for politics and health policy. She serves on the American College of Cardiology Advocacy Committee and the AHA’s Scientific Publications Committee, chairs the AHA’s Scientific Advisory Board for the Choose-to-Move Program, and serves as Vice Chair of the AHA Communications Committee. Her main research interests have been the use of imaging tests and technology assessment in cardiology. She lectures nationally in the areas of diagnostic testing and screening for coronary artery disease, women and cardiovascular disease, and preventive cardiology.