Dr. Michael J. LaMonte, research associate professor in the department of epidemiology and environmental health, director of the MPH epidemiology concentration and chair of the Public Health Program Committee at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been selected to serve on a national committee for the American Heart Association (AHA).
More specifically, the appointment is to the national program committee of the AHA Council of Epidemiology and Prevention, with the committee serving jointly to the Epidemiology and Prevention Council as well as the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council. The Council of Epidemiology and Prevention focuses on population-based approaches to preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Serving in this role, Dr. LaMonte will work with leaders in the areas of cardiovascular epidemiology and lifestyle, and metabolic health to plan the council’s scientific program for 2017. This includes writing initiatives, research, community education, service opportunities and the annual scientific meeting agenda. The appointment term runs through March 2017.
“Nominations are generated through a national committee with only those individuals deemed to be leaders in their respective fields getting consideration,” says LaMonte. “It is a great honor to be selected to serve in this capacity and I look forward to making contributions that further the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.”
LaMonte has been an active member of AHA since 2004 and was previously elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2014.
As a research professor in the department of epidemiology and environmental health at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, Dr. LaMonte’s research interest include measurement of physical activity and functional capacity, and their influence on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease as well as healthy aging with focus in postmenopausal women.
Prior to joining the University at Buffalo, Dr. LaMonte held positions as the director of epidemiology research at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, an assistant professor of cardiology at the University of Utah Medical School, served as director of the Exercise Testing Laboratory Cardiology Division at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT and was an assistant professor of exercise science at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.