Program Leadership

Marie Krousel-Wood, MD, MPH

Marie Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
Tulane BIRCWH Principal Investigator
and Program Director
Associate Provost for the Health Sciences
Associate Dean for Public Health and Medical Education
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Krousel-Wood is a physician health services researcher who is actively engaged in cardiovascular research, a leading cause of death for women. Over the last 20 years, she has successfully administered research projects, collaborated with other investigators and healthcare providers in multiple disciplines, effectively mentored junior faculty, including previous and current BIRCWH scholars, and published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters. Through her interdisciplinary research collaborations, she has identified gender-specific and other determinants for CVD and barriers to effective interventions which will be instrumental in tailoring interventions to prevent and reduce CVD in women across the lifespan.  


Bazzano - Website PictureLydia Bazzano, MD, PhD
Director, Tulane BIRCWH Women’s Resource Laboratory

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Bazzano is a clinician-investigator trained in Epidemiology and board certified in Internal Medicine with expertise in a broad range of clinical research with a focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. Her primary emphasis has been on the role of dietary and metabolic factors such as obesity, lipids and glucose in the development of vascular disease. She has been working with the Bogalusa Heart Study program since 2010 and currently serves as the Chair of the Bogalusa Heart Study Program Steering Committee and PI on an NIH/NIA R01AG041200 investigating the role of vascular aging in cognitive and physical performance in the Bogalusa Heart Study cohort.

Dr. Bazzano is an Associate of the BIRCWH program (BIRCWH training 2005-07.) She is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane SPH and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane SOM.



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Gwyn Garrison, M.Ed.
Tulane BIRCWH Senior Program Coordinator

Gwyn Garrison serves as the primary liaison between the BIRCWH Scholars, the faculty mentors, and the Principal Investigator.  She is responsible for the coordination of all program-related day to day activities, the Scholar recruitment and application process, and all program evaluation activities.  She also contributes to the preparation of study protocols, monitoring the completion of Responsible Conduct in Research Training, and assisting Scholars with research project coordination activities.



Carol Chen, MS
Tulane BIRCWH Analyst
Carol Chen

Carol Chen holds an M.S. in Statistics.  She is a lecturer teaching SAS and STATA in the Department of Epidemiology.  In addition to teaching, she has been involved in many cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology studies. Ms. Chen works closely with the Director of the BIRCWH Women's Health Resource Laboratory to assist the BIRCWH Scholars with data management, quality control, and data analysis.



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