Our Team at the Women's Cardiac Center

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Chief, Cardiology Division; Director, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute; Director, Echocardiography Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport Hospitals

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE, is the Chief of Cardiology and director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals. She specializes in valvular heart disease, heart disease in women, and echocardiography and heart disease in pregnancy.

She received a bachelor of science from Brown University and a doctor of medicine from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Poppas completed her residencies in internal medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and in cardiovascular medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals. Poppas is a professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow and board trustee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

She has national leadership roles, volunteering on a number of committees including the ACC Governance Committee, ACC Cardiometabolic Strategic Work Group and has chaired the American Society of Echocardiography Ethics Committee. Poppas focuses her research on echocardiography and also the various facets of heart disease in women. She has a special interest in peripartum cardiomyopathy. 

Poppas has presented and published internationally on topics such as cardiovascular properties in normal pregnancy, 3D and stress echocardiography, and the role of echocardiography in new technologies. She is fluent in English and Greek.

Director, Lipid Clinic and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program

Karen E. Aspry, MD, MS, FNLA, FACC, is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute, with expertise in general, invasive, and preventive cardiology. She is director of the lipid clinic and cardiovascular disease prevention program, and has an active practice in the treatment of cholesterol disorders. She is an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is board certified in cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and clinical lipidology.

Dr. Aspry received her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, her master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. She was a senior partner with The Permanente Medical Group of Northern California. She is a member of the National Lipid Association, where she co-chairs the practice management council, a board member of the Northeast Lipid Association, and a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Her clinical, research and teaching interests are in clinical lipidology and cardiovascular risk reduction.

Director, Women's Cardiac Center

Katharine French, MD, a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Institute, is director of the Women’s Cardiac Center. Her areas of interest include cardiovascular disease in women, cardiac diseases of pregnancy, and echocardiography. She is also an assistant professor of medicine in the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. French earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. She completed her residency and cardiovascular fellowship training at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and the Providence VA Medical Center, and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she served both as chief resident and chief fellow. During her fellowship, she completed advanced training in echocardiography.

Cardiologist

Eirini Apostolidou, MD is a noninvasive cardiologist who is board-certified in internal medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and peripheral vascular imaging. She received her medical degree from the Medical School of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, before moving to the United States to work as a research associate at the Interventional Vascular Therapy Research Unit at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia before moving to Providence to complete a cardiology fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Apostolidou received her master’s degree in clinical and translational research through the Brown University School of Public Health. She joined the Cardiovascular Institute to work in noninvasive cardiology and contribute to both inpatient and outpatient cardiac services at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Dr. Apostolidou serves as an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she contributes to the cardiac imaging program, the teaching of residents and fellows, and the heart failure readmission program.