Barbara Roberts: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Barbara Roberts

Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Health Expert

Dr. Barbara Roberts has been the Director of the Women’s Cardiology Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, USA since 2002. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a Contributing Editor, Women’s Heart Health for ProCOR, a global health communication network promoting cardiovascular health in developing countries and other low-resource settings.

Roberts is the author of How to Keep from Breaking Your Heart: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Cardiovascular Disease and Treating and Beating Heart Disease: A Consumer’s Guide to Cardiac Medicines. Her latest book is The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-lowering Drugs.

Despite the rosy picture painted in the ads of a miracle cure for high cholesterol and its attendant heart disease, the reality of taking statins may be far less pretty. Roberts discusses both the benefits and health risks of these popular drugs in both her presentation and this comprehensive guide that finally reveals the questionable science behind the research studies. Her honest, patient-friendly appraisal of the most widely used medications in the world may shock you, but it may also save your life.
Offering clear-cut, easy-to-understand information in an easily accessible fashion, Roberts explains how to take the best possible care of your heart, including: the keys to maintaining cardiovascular well-being, how to interpret your cholesterol numbers, and the frightening adverse effects of popular drugs.

Roberts has lectured to lay and professional audiences — like fellow cardiologists, nurses, pharmacists, resident, interns and medical students — on Gender-Specific Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease, Hyperlipidemia, and Nutrition and Heart Disease. She’s spoken in many professional venues in the United States — including Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, the Cleveland Clinic, and lay venues including the Junior League, Hadassah, Speaking of Women’s Health, and a variety of corporations. She has also lectured abroad in countries as far-flung as Brazil, Italy, England, and Turkey.

Roberts graduated from Barnard College and Case Western Reserve Medical School. She served a medical internship at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and a medical residency at Yale New Haven Hospitals in New Haven, Connecticut. After two years as a Clinical Associate in the Lipid Metabolism Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, at the National Institutes of Health, where she was involved in the first clinical trial that demonstrated a beneficial effect of lowering cholesterol on the incidence of heart disease. She is currently a principal investigator in another NIH-sponsored trial of cholesterol-lowering therapy. She was also a Cardiology Fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Married to the sculptor, Joe Avarista, she is the mother of three adult children.

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  • The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
  • Heart Disease in Men and Women
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Heart Disease, but Were Afraid Your Doctor Was Too Busy to Ask

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