Dr. Annabelle Santos Volgman is co-founder and medical director of the Rush Heart Center for Women, the first heart program in Chicago devoted exclusively to women that opened in 2003. She is Madeleine and James M. McMullan-Carl E. Eybel, MD, Excellence Professor of Clinical Cardiology at Rush and a nationally recognized leader in cardiology care and research. She is Vice Chief of Academic Affairs in the Division of Cardiology. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, Dr. Volgman has dedicated her career to helping women and their families lead healthier lives by preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Volgman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Barnard College and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and trained in cardiology and clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern University.
A passionate researcher and leading advocate for the prevention of heart disease in women, Dr. Volgman has written and published numerous abstracts, articles, and OpEds for scientific peers and mass audiences. She has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in high-impact cardiology journals such as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. The most notable of her publications are the Summary of Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Women, the Management of Pregnant Women with Cardiovascular Disease, and the Intersection of Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. . She has given over 200 conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
Since its inception in the early 2000s, Dr. Volgman has been a prominent leader of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign to educate women about the risk of cardiovascular disease and the steps they can take. to protect their health. To show his support for the Go Red campaign, Dr. Volgman wears red every day to remind people that heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
Dr. Volgman has received numerous awards from her peers, including the American Heart Association and Rush University. Since 2006, she has been constantly recognized in Chicago the magazine’s annual “Top Doctors” list and has received similar accolades in women’s health magazine. Dr. Volgman was featured in O Magazine as Ms. Oprah Winfrey’s Cardiologist in 2002. Her awards include the 2019 National WomenHeart Wenger Award for Innovation in Cardiac Care for Women and the 2020 Women’s Day Red Dress Award. Dr. Volgman remains heavily involved in many local and national causes, serving on the National Scientific Advisory Board of WomenHeart, several national executive committees of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and Chicago nonprofit institutions . She was selected as one of Castle Connolly’s Outstanding Women in Medicine for 2020. She was elected Governor of the Illinois American College of Cardiology beginning her term in April 2021.
She is married to Keith Volgman, JD MBA, CEO of NorthPoint Capital LLC, a mortgage banking company. They have two adult children, Robert and Caroline. She enjoys reading books, kayaking, and watching ballets and operas. She is active on social networks, including Linked In, Facebook and Twitter (@avolgman).