Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD

Rollins Professor and Chair

Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health


Dr. Vaccarino is the Wilton Looney Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine. She received her MD degree from the University of Milan, Italy, in 1984, and her PhD degree in epidemiology from Yale University in 1994. In 1995 she was appointed assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2000 she left Yale to join the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine where she reached the rank of Professor of Medicine in 2006. In March 2010 through June 2018, Dr. Vaccarino was appointed the Rollins Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. Since 2005, Dr. Vaccarino has directed the Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology ("EPICORE"), a multidisciplinary research group concentrating on clinical and population epidemiology, outcomes research, clinical trials and translational research in cardiovascular diseases and related disciplines. Between 2005 and 2008 she was also the medical director of the Emory Heart Center Information Services, which supports as an investigative resource the Emory Cardiac Database, one of the nation’s original and largest computerized cardiovascular databases. Dr. Vaccarino is the BIRCWH mentor for Dr. Samaah Sullivan.