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Women’s History Month: Leading the Way in Cardiology

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to take the opportunity to shine a light on the remarkable achievements of women in cardiology, particularly here at Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI).

According to the American College of Cardiology, there are more women in cardiology now than ever. This trend reflects both the growing interest among women in cardiology and the recognition of their capabilities in this challenging discipline. Across the globe, women in medicine are making significant strides in breaking barriers, bringing new innovations, and advancing health equity.

At MCI, these exceptional women lead the charge in cardiovascular care:

Dr. Maria Rosa Costanzo is a trailblazer in heart failure management, with an impressive background in advanced heart failure therapies and cardiac transplantation. Throughout her career, she has contributed to more than 275 publications, including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and manuscripts. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association, and the European Society of Cardiology, along with being a Gold Member of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, showing her high standing in the medical field. Her contribution to the field of heart failure paved the way to make her an inspiration to all women in medicine.

Dr. Ann Davis stands out as an expert cardiologist on the team at MCI, with a keen focus on prevention, lipidology, and a comprehensive approach to treating heart disease. She is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, and she is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Her passion is to build meaningful connections with her patients, helping them to achieve healthy outcomes and live their fullest lives. Her technical and compassionate care as a female cardiologist is inspiring, contributing to the progression of women in cardiology around the world.

Julie Kozlowski, APRN serves as the Chief Nursing Officer at MCI in Naperville. With a Master of Science degree in nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, she has worked as an adult acute/critical care clinical nurse specialist. Now in an administrative role, Julie’s responsibilities include the oversight of clinical practice and the advancement of nursing protocols. However, what she is most known for is her passion for education, encouraging the professional development of her nursing staff. At the center of everything that she does is the patient, and she strives to improve all aspects of patient care. She is a true role model for women in nursing and in cardiology.

These women are true leaders in their field, and we are proud to have their expertise at MCI. Their work is a testament to the power of diversity and inclusion in advancing heart health for all. We honor all of the extraordinary women who are paving the way for a brighter future of female leadership in medicine.