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UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Welcomes Women’s Cardiovascular Disease Expert, Natalie Stokes, MD.

May 19, 2023

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is excited to welcome Natalie Stokes, MD. Dr. Stokes specializes in cardiology and is affiliated with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Margaret.

Dr. Stokes received her medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed an internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a cardiology fellowship at UPMC, during which she served as chief fellow and was awarded the Heart and Vascular Institute Fellow’s Research Grant. Dr. Stokes has received numerous additional awards throughout her career, including a United States Fulbright Grant and the Society for Family Planning Research Emerging Scholars Grant.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Stokes is board certified in internal medicine and her primary clinical focus is on the management and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women. She has a Master of Philosophy degree in Gender Studies. Her research endeavors include qualitative analyses of patient-provider communication, the experiences of women with preeclampsia, and the experiences of women with congenital heart disease with sexual and reproductive health counseling. She has authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts on these subjects. Dr. Stokes is interested in the advancement of medical education and is set to complete her master's in medical education in Spring 2024.

She has volunteered with numerous committees and organizations, including I Look Like a Cardiologist, a program that engages young adults from diverse backgrounds who are interested in entering the field of cardiology. Dr. Stokes has also worked on several quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. She applies her expertise to treating patients of all ages at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.

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