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  • Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher

    Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    The Miriam Hospital
    Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
    Coro West, Suite 309
    164 Summit Ave
    Providence, RI 02906
    Phone: 401-793-8325
    Fax: 401-793-8059
    esalmoiragoblotcher1@lifespan.org

  • Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD

    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.

    Completed grants:

    F32 AT005048. A mindfulness-based intervention for treatment of anxiety in ICD patients
    Funding agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Principal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
    Co-Investigators/collaborators: Sybil Crawford, PhD; James Carmody, PhD; Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH; Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD; Ira Ockene, MD (mentor)

    Currently active grants:  

    AHA13CRP1334001 . Prognosis and predisposing factors of stress cardiomyopathy.
    Funding agency: American Heart Association.
    Principal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
    Co-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 physicians
    Funding agency: Program on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago
    Principal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
    Co-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 rehabilitation
    Funding Agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Principal Investigator: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher
    Co-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 Institute
    Principal Investigators: Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD; Lori Pbert, PhD
    Co-investigators/Collaborators: Sue Druker, MA; Sybil Crawford, PhD; Beth Bock, PhD

    Selected publications:  

    1. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Ockene I. Methodological limitations of psychosocial interventions in patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). A systematic review. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2009; 9:56. PubMed PMID: 20040100.
    2. Ockene I, Salmoirago-Blotcher E. Varenicline for smoking cessation in patients with coronary heart disease. Circulation. 2010 Jan 19;121(2):188-90. Epub 2010 Jan 4. PMID: 20048200
    3. Carmody J, Crawford S, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Leung K, Churchill L, Olendzki N. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in coping with hot flashes. Menopause 2011; 18(6):611-20. PubMed PMID: 21372745.
    4. Salmoirago-Blotcher E , Fitchett G, Ockene J, Schnall E, Crawford S, Granek I, Manson JA, Ockene I, O’Sullivan MJ, Powell L, and Rapp S. Religion and healthy lifestyle behaviors among postmenopausal women - The Women’s Health Initiative. J Behav Med 2011; 34,(5):360-371. Epub 2011 Feb 8. PubMed PMID: 21301947.
    5. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Crawford S, Carmody J, Rosenthal L, Ockene I. Characteristics of dispositional mindfulness in patients with severe cardiac disease. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine 2011;16(3):218-225. Epub 2011 April 25. PubMed PMID: 22116792.
    6. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Crawford S, Jackson E, Ockene J, Ockene I. Constipation and risk of cardiovascular disease among post-menopausal women. Am J Med 2011; 124(8):714-23. Epub 2011 June 12. PubMed PMID: 21663887.
    7. Bertone-Johnson ER, Powers SI, Spangler L, Brunner RL, Michael YL, Larson JC, Millen AE, Bueche MN, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Liu S, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Ockene JK, Ockene I, Manson JE. Vitamin D intake from foods and supplements and depressive symptoms in a diverse population of older women. Am J Clin Nutr 2011; 94(4):1104-12. Epub 2011 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 21865327.
    8. Schnall E, Kalkstein S, Fitchett G, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Ockene J, Tindle HA, Thomas A, Hunt JR, Wassertheil-Smoller S. Psychological and Social Characteristics Associated with Religiosity in Women's Health Initiative Participants. J Relig Health 2012;51(1):20-31. Epub ahead of print 2011 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 22069057
    9. Bertone-Johnson ER, Powers SI, Spangler L, Larson JC, Michael YL, Millen AE, Bueche MN, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Liu S, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Brunner RL, Ockene I, Ockene JK, Manson JE. Vitamin D supplementation and depression in the Women’s Health Initiative Calcium and Vitamin D Trial. American Journal of Epidemiology 2012; 176(1):1-13. Epub 2012 May 05. PubMed PMID: 22573431
    10. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Carmody J, Yeh G, Crawford S, Rosenthal L, Ockene I. Design and methods for a pilot randomized clinical trial of a phone delivered, mindfulness-based intervention to treat anxiety in patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD). Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Epub ahead of print 2012 April 27. PubMed PMID:22536294. PMCID: PMC3320061
    11. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Crawford S, Tran C, Goldberg R, Rosenthal L, Ockene I. Spiritual well-being may buffer psychological distress in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). Journal of Evidence based Complementary and Alternative medicine. Journal of Evidence based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 17 (3): 148 - 154. PubMed PMID: 23050210. PMCID: PMC3462453
    12. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Crawford S, Carmody J, Rosenthal L, Yeh G, Browning C, Rose K, Stanley M, Ockene I. Phone-delivered mindfulness training for patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs): results of a pilot randomized controlled trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2013, 46, (2) (2013), 243-250. Epub April 2013. PMID:23605175 PMCID:PMC3758416
    13. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Fitchett G, Hovey K, Schnall E, Thomson C, Andrews C, Crawford C, O’Sullivan MJ, Post S, Chlebowski R, Ockene J. Frequency of private spiritual activity and cardiovascular risk in post-menopausal women: the Women’s Health Initiative. Annals of Epidemiology 2013; 23(5):239-45. Epub March 2013. PMID: 23621989 PMCID: PMC3741666
    14. Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Hunsinger M, Morgan L, Fischer D, Carmody J. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and change in health-related behaviors. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Published online before print May 8, 2013, doi: 10.1177/2156587213488600