Tara Narula, MD, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, assistant professor of cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and CBS News medical contributor, was recently honored with the Excellence in Media Award by WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease at the organization’s 2019 Wenger Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The patient-centered organization, which works to raise awareness of cardiovascular issues in women, recognized Dr. Narula for her health advocacy work in television.
Drawing on her medical background, Dr. Narula has helped garner attention and support for women’s cardiovascular issues, which often go unrecognized, misdiagnosed or untreated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, though only about half of women are aware of this fact.
In addition to reporting weekly on CBS This Morning’s Morning Rounds, Dr. Narula contributes to CBSN, CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday morning, O, The Oprah Magazine and CBS Radio.
“Being able to use the media as a platform to educate has been a real gift for me, and it’s very important to me to empower women to become champions for their own health in the same way that they are for others,” Dr. Narula said. “Through everyday choices, women can paint the picture of their future cardiovascular health. It's never too late, and now as a mother, I am immensely aware that it is also never too early.”
Dr. Narula currently serves as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA), is a member of the AHA’s Go Red for Women Committee and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC). She is board certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and internal medicine.
After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in economics and biology, Dr. Narula founded her own small business, Sun Juice Inc. She then went on to earn her medical degree at USC Keck School of Medicine in California which she completed with Alpha Omega Alpha Society honors. Dr. Narula pursued her residency in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard University and her fellowship training in cardiology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center before joining Lenox Hill Hospital in 2010.