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Why LHJ loves her: She's smart, no-nonsense, athletic, a great speaker and a hardworking physician who's passionate about women's heart health. She was a primary source for our February 2011 story "All About Cholesterol."
Medical degree: University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1989.
Postdoctoral training: Internship in internal medicine, New York Hospital; residency in internal medicine, New York Hospital; assistant chief resident, internal medicine, New York Hospital; fellowship in cardiology, Cornell University Medical Center, New York; chief resident, internal medicine, New York Hospital.
Bio: Dr. Andersen is dual board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is past director of the medical school's cardiac pathophysiology course, and founded and chairs the David E. Rogers Memorial Research Award competition for the medical house staff. A visiting professorship for integrative medicine is endowed in her name at Weill Cornell Medical College. Castle Connolly and New York magazine have selected Dr. Andersen as one of New York's Best Doctors. She speaks extensively on preventive cardiology, cardiovascular disease in athletes and in women. Dr. Andersen has been an on-air medical consultant to ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Evening News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Fox Television Network, The Fox News Channel, The British Broadcasting Company and MTV. Dr. Andersen is also a regular contributor to wowowow.com and Women's Voices for Change.org. She's a member of the board of trustees for Rockefeller University, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the International Women's Health Coalition. She serves on the Women and Science Council of Weill Cornell Medical College and the Leadership Council of the American Heart Association's Go Red campaign. Dr. Andersen is married to Douglas Hirsch. They live in New York City with their two children.