Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
The Miriam Hospital
Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
Coro West, Suite 309
164 Summit Ave
Providence, RI 02906
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD is a research scientist at The Miriam Hospital Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine and an assistant
professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
She received her PhD in clinical epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts and she completed a Nation Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded
post-doctoral training program in complementary and alternative medicine. A board-certified cardiologist in her native Italy, and trained in interventional
cardiology at the Hadassah Hospital at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she has worked for over 15 years in the intensive coronary care unit and
catheterization laboratory before becoming a full-time clinical researcher.
She is currently funded by the American Heart Association to conduct a case-control study to investigate the predisposing factors for the development of
stress cardiomyopathy. She is the principle investigator on two NIH-funded studies investigating the role of tai chi as an alternative to traditional
cardiac rehabilitation programs and the role of mindfulness training in the promotion of healthy behaviors among teenagers.
In addition, as a faculty scholar of the Program in Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, she is studying the role of different psychosocial
factors in the prevention of burn-out among emergency physicians.
As a consultant for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Study, she is the leading author on two ongoing secondary analyses of WHI data examining the
possible association between statin use and hemorrhagic stroke in women and the mechanism by which optimism may affect cardiovascular health. She currently
serves as a grant reviewer for the American Heart Association – Study Session on Behavioral Studies/Clinical Outcomes.
Her research interests include the role of mindfulness training in the promotion of behavioral change, mind/body interventions for the promotion of
cardiovascular health, psycho-behavioral determinants of cardiovascular disease and women’s health.
F32 AT005048. A mindfulness-based intervention for treatment of anxiety in ICD patientsFunding agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative MedicinePrincipal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhDCo-Investigators/collaborators: Sybil Crawford, PhD; James Carmody, PhD; Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH; Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD; Ira Ockene, MD (mentor)
AHA13CRP1334001 . Prognosis and predisposing factors of stress cardiomyopathy.Funding agency: American Heart Association.Principal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhDCo-Investigators/collaborators: Sybil Crawford, PhD; Gerard Aurigemma, MD; Ira Ockene,MD; Robert Goldberg, PhD.
FP048381. Role of religion/spirituality and other psychosocial factors in burnout prevention among ER physiciansFunding agency: Program on Medicine and Religion, University of ChicagoPrincipal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhDCo-Investigators/Collaborators: Gregory Volturo, MD; Edward Boudreaux, PhD; Farr Curlin, MD
1R34 AT007569- A1. Development of a Tai Chi intervention to overcome barriers to cardiac rehabilitationFunding Agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative MedicinePrincipal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-BlotcherCo-Investigators/collaborators: Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH; Peter Wayne, PhD; Shira Dunsinger, PhD; Beth Bock, PhD; Lisa Conboy, PhD; Peter Tilkemeier, MD
1R21HL 119665-01. Mindfulness training to promote healthy diet and physical activity in teens (multi-PI project)Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung and Blood InstitutePrincipal Investigators: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD; Lori Pbert, PhDCo-investigators/Collaborators: Sue Druker, MA; Sybil Crawford, PhD; Beth Bock, PhD