Photo of Malissa J. Wood, MD

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 associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.




Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Clinical Interests
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiovascular disease in athletes
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)
  • Cardiovascular disease in women
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
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Provider Gender


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. Dr. Wood's clinical research with athletes included work with the US  Olympic Committee, Harvard University athletes,  marathon runners and rowers. Dr. Wood has published extensively in the area of cardiac adaptations to exercise. Dr. Wood is the Co- Principle Investigator in studies of microvascular ischemia and clinical and genetic features of individuals with spontaneous coronary artery dissection. She has served as  a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography and is Past-President of the Boston Board of the American Heart Association and served on the writing committee for the American Board of Echocardiography Certification exam. Dr Wood received the Heart of Our Mission Award in 2008 and the Women's Health Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2014, these awards were bestowed for her clinical and research efforts devoted  to reducing heart disease in women.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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 was also  co-PI of the study, Echocardiographic Assessment of Changes in Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function in Elite Endurance Athletes, involving echocardiographic evaluation of Olympic speed skaters. It examined the effect of intense training and short duration, high-intensity exercise on systolic and diastolic left and right ventricular function. She helped develop the Harvard Athlete Initiative, a 3-year project involving electrocardiographic and echocardiographic screening of Harvard athletes.

She served as the PI for the HAPPY Heart study, a pilot examining cardiovascular disease prevention in low income women with cardiovascular risk factors. This susbjects in the study received an evaluation of risk factors, exercise ability and psychosocial factors. It also includes echocardiography and carotid intimal-medial thickness measurement. This 2-year program lead to significant improvements in heart disease risk factors, stress and anxiety levels,  Dr. Wood is now the co-PI for the NIRVANA trial which examines the use of nevibolol in symptom relief and exercise tolerance in microvascular ischemia. She is also the co-PI of a prospective study examining clinical and genetic features in adults with a history of spontaneous coronary artery dissection.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Patient Story: Karen Sauer

    Karen Sauer is a musician who enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and gardening. Though she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2007, she manages it with medication and exercise. But in February 2018, Karen experienced a different medical event—a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as a SCAD.

  • Patient Story: Maja Milosavljevic

    Maja Milosavljevic was just 25 years old when she experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as a SCAD. SCAD is an emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart.

  • Patient Story: Nicole Reardon

    Nicole Reardon, a mother, wife and passionate special education teacher, was just 29 years old when she experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as a SCAD. SCAD is an emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart.

  • Taking charge: Female leaders voice of new podcast

    The MGH this week launched a new podcast called “Charged,” featuring some of the hospital’s leading female voices.

  • #ACC18: A Twitter Roundup

    Health care professionals at this year's ACC18 talked research, treatment approaches and guidelines on the podium and in conference halls

  • #ACC18: A Twitter Roundup

    Health care professionals at this year’s American College of Cardiology Scientific Session and Expo discussed late-breaking research, innovative treatment approaches and brand new guidelines. The conversations carried over from the podium and conference halls onto Twitter.

  • A Scientific Statement on SCAD: 7 Takeaways

    An AHA scientific statement presenting best practices for SCAD treatment put together by a group including Mass General physicians was recently released by a collaborative working group from multiple institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital’s Malissa Wood, MD and published in the journal Circulation

  • New England Journal of Medicine Case Records: A 41-Year-Old Woman with Recurrent Chest Pain

    A 41-year-old woman presented to Mass General with chest pain

  • Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death in Patients with SCAD

    Data on cardiac arrest in SCAD are scarce. The results of a Mass General SCAD registry review beg the question: do ICD therapy risks exceed the complications?

  • #AHA17: Scientific Sessions in Summary

    Mass General physicians presented on the podium moderated sessions or showcased posters over 50 times at the American Heart Association 2017 Scientific Sessions.

  • Conservative Treatment in Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissections

    Peripartum SCAD patients require highly experienced practitioners due to higher risk of technical complications.

  • What to know about SCAD

    “Thin, fit and athletic.” It’s not a typical portrait of a heart attack patient – but it’s how Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, describes dozens of her female patients in the last two years.

  • A survivor’s story: Uncovering the mystery of SCAD

    The artery blockage behind all of Donna Grogan's heart attacks wasn’t caused by a buildup of plaque, as is the case with most heart attacks. Her blockage came from a piece of artery that had torn away, which is officially known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD.

  • Heart smarts

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • SCAD: Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

    Malissa Wood, MD, answers some commonly asked questions about Spontaneous Coronary Artery Disease, or SCAD.

  • A Legacy of Cardiac Care at Mass General

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of Cardiology at Mass General, Malissa J. Wood, MD, co-director of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, discusses the legacy of Paul Dudley White, who founded our Cardiology Division in 1916.

  • Courtney's Risk: Pregnancy and Heart Health

    Courtney first came to Mass General at the age of 8 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her leg. Mass General treated and cured her as child, but the chemotherapies used put her at risk for a weakened heart. When Courtney wanted to start a family, she came back to Mass General and met with specialists who coached her through two pregnancies, ensuring that she remained healthy and also delivered two healthy babies.

  • 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

  • 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.


55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-0995
Fax: 617-726-8383

Back to Top