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Malissa J. Wood, MD

Co-Director, Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program

Malissa J. Wood, MD, is co-director of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Department of Medicine


  • Heart Center
  • General Clinical Cardiology
  • Heart Valve Program
  • Non-invasive Cardiology
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiovascular Performance Program
  • Coronary Artery Disease Program
  • Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program
Clinical Interests
Cardiovascular disease prevention
Diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women
Cardiovascular disease in athletes
Valvular heart disease
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center
Board Certifications
Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Wood received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed both her Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where she served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Wood is a clinical cardiologist and staff physician in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Wood's clinical practice is primarily devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women. Dr. Wood currently serves as the Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center Corrigan Women's Health Program and is the principal investigator of the Happy Heart Trial, a primary prevention in low income women study designed to improve the cardiovascular health of high risk women.

Dr. Wood has authored book chapters describing the cardiovascular response to pregnancy and exercise in pregnancy. Dr. Wood's clinical research with athletes includes work with the United States Olympic Committee studying Olympic athletes, Harvard University varsity athletes and amateur marathon runners and rowers. Dr. Wood has published extensively in the area of cardiac adaptations to exercise training in athletes and is the principle investigator on a number of studies examining utilizing new echocardiographic techniques. Dr. Wood is also the co-investigator of an NIH funded trial assessing the benefit of Tai Chi in the treatment of heart failure patients. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Heart Association and is on the writing committee for the American Board of Echocardiography Certification exam. Dr Wood received the Heart of Our Mission Award in September of 2008, an award bestowed by the American Heart Association for her volunteer efforts for the Go Red Campaign to reduce heart disease in Women.


Dr. Wood was PI of an echocardiographic study, Echocardiographic Assessment of Changes in Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function with Prolonged Strenuous Exercise. This study enrolled nearly 80 subjects and examined changes in systolic and diastolic function that occur after short and long distance strenuous exercise. Her team quantified serum biomarkers in athletes who ran in the 2004/2005 Boston Marathon, presented this data nationally and published two manuscripts in the European Heart Journal and Circulation in 2006.

She is co-PI of the study, Echocardiographic Assessment of Changes in Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function in Elite Endurance Athletes, involving echocardiographic evaluation of US and Chinese Olympic speed skaters. It will examine the effect of intense training and short duration, high-intensity exercise on systolic and diastolic left and right ventricular function. She is PI for the Harvard Athlete Initiative, a 3-year project involving electrocardiographic and echocardiographic screening of Harvard athletes. Her group studied the differential structural and physiology effects of strength vs endurance training in football players and rowers, and compared Olympic and undergraduate amateur athletes.

She is PI for the HAPPY Heart study, a pilot examining cardiovascular disease prevention in low income women with cardiovascular risk factors. There are 60 women enrolled who receive an evaluation of risk factors, exercise ability and psychosocial factors. It also includes echocardiography and carotid intimal-medial thickness measurement. The women participate in a 2-year program of stress and risk factor management, education and stress reduction. Dr. Wood works with 2 fellows to examine the differential treatment patterns of aortic valve replacement in women with aortic stenosis. She performed a landmark analysis of all individuals with severe aortic stenosis in our institution in 2004 to 2005.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Neilan, TG; Ton-Nu, T; Yoerger, DM; Vaturi, M; Lewandrowski, KB; Siegel, AJ; Lee-Lewandrowski, E; Douglas, PS; Halpern, EF; Marshall, JE; Lawlor D; Picard, MH; Januzzi, JL, Wood, MJ. Myocardial Necrosis and Ventricular Dysfunction among Non-competitive Participants in Endurance Sports. Circulation, 2006 Nov 28;114(22):2325-33. Epub 2006 Nov 13.

Baggish AL, Weiner RB, Yared K, Wang F, Kupperman E, Hutter AM Jr, Picard MH, Wood MJ. Impact of Family Hypertension History on Exercise-Induced Cardiac Remodeling. 2009 Jul 1; 104(1):101-6.

Shave R, George K, Scharhag J, Gaze D, Wood MJ, Baggish A, Thompson PD. Exercise-induced Cardiac Troponin Elevation: Evidence, Mechanisms, and Implications. Accepted for publication Journal of the American Coll Cardiol Dec 2009.

Baggish AL, Weiner RB, Yared K, Wang F, Hutter AM Jr., Picard MH, Wood MJ. Differences in Cardiac Paramteres Among Elite Rowers and Sub-elite Rowers. Accepted for Publication. Med Sci Sports Exercise. Oct 2009.

Baggish AL, Weiner RB, YaredK, Wang F, Hutter AM Jr, Picard MH, Wood MJ.Electrocardiographic Screening of Athletes. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Mar 2;152(5):269-75

Wood MJ. Cardiovascular Physiology of Pregnancy. In: Douglas PS, editor. Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women. Philadelphia: WB Saunders. 2nd ed. 2001.

Rosenbaum L., Wood, MJ. Women's Health, Effects of Exercise on Sports Medicine. In: Micheli, LJ, editor. Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.

Malissa Wood, MD, explains how the symptoms of heart attack are different in women than in men

Malissa Wood, MD, Co-Director of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center describes the heart attack symptoms that are unique to women, and why treatment of heart disease should be gender-specific.

Smart at Heart: Book Talk with Malissa Wood, MD

Malissa Wood, MD, Co-Director, Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, speaks about her book, Smart at Heart: A Holistic 10-Step Approach to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women

Creating HAPPY hearts in Chelsea and Revere

A Massachusetts General Hospital awareness and prevention program aims to improve the cardiovascular health of women in Boston’s low-income neighborhoods.

MGH goes red for women’s heart health

MGH Hotline 2.18.11 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the MGH Heart Center and Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program brought attention to hearts everywhere by celebrating “Go Red for Women” month with a series of events and activities to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

The importance of heart health

In honor of American Heart Month, the MGH Heart Center hosted a number of events throughout February to raise awareness and educate patients and staff about heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Community event focuses on women’s heart health

More than 90 staff and community members gathered at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center to celebrate Community Health Day.

Ask the expert: The myths and facts about women and heart disease

Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the myths surrounding women and heart disease.

Heart smarts

In recognition of American Heart Month, MGH physicians share their tips for the best ways to "love your heart."

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