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Alyssa M Vela

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Division of Cardiac Surgery)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Health Psychologist, Cardiac Behavioral Medicine


Areas of Focus

  • Cardiac behavioral medicine
  • Health psychology
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in health care


  • Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular and cardiometabolic health conditions, particularly advanced heart failure
  • Culturally-adapted lifestyle interventions that address eating behaviors, nutrition and health behavior change for cardiometabolic conditions