Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD, FACP, FAHA, is Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, in La Jolla. She joined the UCSD faculty in 1970. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Cornell University Medical College. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, with postgraduate training at the University of Miami. Her research concerns healthy aging with a focus on gender differences and women’s health.
Dr Barrett-Connor is founder and director of the Rancho Bernardo Heart and Chronic Disease Study, begun in 1972, with continuous support (4 MERIT awards) from the NIH. She served as a principal investigator of many multicenter clinical trials, including the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions trial, the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study, the Raloxifene Use in the Heart study, and the Diabetes Prevention Program Observational Study. She is Past President of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Epidemiology Council of the American Heart Association (AHA), the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), and the American Epidemiological Society (AES). She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and author of >900 publications.
Honors include local and national teaching awards, Endocrine Society Mentoring Award (2012) and AHA Population Science Award (2012), AHA Population Science Award (2011) and AHA Distinguished Scientist Award (2009), National Osteoporosis Foundation Living Legacy Award (2009), Endocrine Society Clinical Investigator Award (2003), Cornell University Medical College Alumni Association Award of Distinction (2003), American Society for Preventive Cardiology Stokes Award (2003), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Heath Clark Lectureship (1999), NIH Award for Outstanding Work in Gender Differences in Osteoporosis (1999), AES Harry S. Feldman Lecture (1998), SER John Cassel Memorial Lecture (1997), NIH Florence Mahoney Lecture on Aging (1996), AHA Ancel Keys Lecture (1995), American College of Physicians James D. Bruce Memorial Award (1994), APHA Wade Hampton Frost Lecture (1993), American Diabetes Association Kelly West Memorial Lecture/Award (1987), and the American College of Preventive Medicine Katharine Boucot Sturgis Lecture (1986).