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About Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher

Dr. Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Ph.D. M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a Research Scientist at Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine - Miriam Hospital.
She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
She received her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts and in July 2012 she completed an 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 Coronary Intensive Care Unit and Cath lab before becoming a full-time clinical researcher.
Her research interests include the role of mindfulness in promoting behavioral change; mindful movement interventions for the promotion of cardiovascular health; psycho-behavioral determinants of cardiovascular disease; and women’s health.
Current grants:
AHA13CRP1334001 (PI). Prognosis and predisposing factors of stress cardiomyopathy. American Heart Association.
FP048381 (PI). Role of religion/spirituality and other psychosocial factors in burnout prevention among ER physicians. University of Chicago.
1R34 AT007569- A1 (PI). Development of a Tai Chi intervention to overcome barriers to cardiac rehabilitation. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
1R21HL 119665-01 (multi-PI, with Dr. L. Pbert). Mindfulness training to promote healthy diet and physical activity in teens. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.


Present Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brown University
Present The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown University

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Medicine, Mind-body interventions, and Clinical Epidemiology

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, NIH Advanced Training Institute in Health Behavior Theory - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health (2012)
  • Faculty Scholar, Program in Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago
  • Fellow, NIH OBSSR Summer Institute on Conducting Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions (2011)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association 36th Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (2010)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2009-2012)

Contact Information

The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
CORO West, Suite 309
1 Hoppin Street
Providence, RI 02903
Tel 401‐793‐8325; Fax 401-793‐8059


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