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Joan E. Briller, MD, FACC, FASE, FAHA is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology) at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she directs the Women and Heart Program. She has had a long-standing interest in women’s cardiac disease with a focus on heart disease during pregnancy. She participated in Investigation of Pregnancy Associated Cardiomyopathy (IPAC) study, a multicenter NHLBI-funded study on the role of immune activation and myocardial recovery in peripartum cardiomyopathy which provided insight into this illness. She is presently a member of the steering committee of the Randomized Evaluation of Bromocriptine in Myocardial Recovery THerapy for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (REBIRTH) trial. Professor Briller publications involved Heart failure and preserved ejection fraction in pregnancy, peripartum cardiomyopathy and cardiovascular complications of pregnancy associated Covid-19. She wrote the chapters on “Cardiovascular resuscitation in pregnant women” and “Fertility control in the cardiac patients” in the 2020 textbook on cardiac problems in pregnancy. As a member of the Illinois Maternal Mortality Committee, she has joined Illinois’ efforts to reduce maternal cardiovascular deaths which have emerged as a substantial cause of maternal mortality and morbidity. She has developed a curriculum for educating cardiology fellows and maternal-fetal medicine fellows on the management of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy presenting locally, regionally, and internationally on this topic. Professor Briller has been an invited speaker in all 6 previous congresses on cardiac problems in pregnancy. She is a member of the ACC committee on heart disease in women and has served on advisory committees for the sister-to-Sister Foundation and the Heart Truth Campaign. A Chicago spokesperson for the AHA, she frequently gives talks on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in preventing heart disease and celebrates more than a decade working on Chicago Go Red Activities. Professor. Briller recently received a Crain’s Chicago Business Award for her efforts helping underserved and underinsured minority patients with women’s heart and pregnancy-associated disease.