Susmita Parashar, MD

Emory Clinic

Associate Professor of Medicine

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Cardiology (Board certified since 2011)
Internal Medicine (Board certified since 2000)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
cardiology - general
cardiovascular disease
preventive medicine
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Clifton
1365 Clifton Rd NE Bldg A
Atlanta, GA 30322
404 778-5299
Additional Spoken Language(s):
About Dr. Parashar

Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS, FAHA, FACC is a Board certified cardiologist at the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining as faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Emory for 8 years. She applies her experience as a Board certified internist in providing a holistic care to patients. She was awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women's Health Award to recognize outstanding work in the area of women's health and cardiovascular disease and Emory Department of Medicine Early Career Faculty Research Award for Clinical Research.

Dr. Parashar completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. She completed her Master of Public Health and a Master of Science from Emory in 2005. She is Board Certified in Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.

A passionate clinician-researcher and educator, she trains medical students, residents and cardiology fellows. In addition, she conducts clinical research. Dr Parashar's clinical and research focus is in preventive cardiology with a focus on women and cardiovascular diseases.  Her research focuses on the role of psychological, behavioral and biological factors in explaining gender disparities in cardiovascular diseases. She is interested in studying how gender and race influence health, medical care and outcomes; what are the biological mechanisms influencing the development of diseases or disease outcomes; and what we can do in order to overcome disparities. She designs clinical studies in order to provide answers to these questions.

She has received several grants and awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the AHA to conduct research on women and heart disease. She has served as Emory principal investigator for large NIH funded clinical research for heart attack patients. She was also invited to participate as a co-investigator for the NIH funded Cardiovascular Health Study for older adults. She has presented her work in national and international scientific meetings, including the AHA Annual Session, AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, American College of Cardiology Annual Session, Society of General Internal Medicine and International Congress of Coronary Heart Disease.

Dr. Parashar has authored/coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, including invited textbook chapters, manuscripts, abstracts and review articles. Her work has been published in such prestigious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and Circulation, and highlighted by the Nature and national media such as CNN, CBS and NPR news.

She believes in family-career balance and applies her experience as a mother of two young children and wife to her work.

Year Started Practicing: 2000
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2011
Organizational Memberships:
American College of Cardiology, Fellow
2014, Steering Committee member, International Cardio-Oncology
2014, Member, Guideline Committee to develop Best Practice Consensus Document, International Cardio-Oncology Society
American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and Council on Clinical Cardiology
American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Committee
Clinical Cardiology and Liason for AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes, 2012, 2013
Major or Recent Publications:

Mallik (Parashar) S, Krumholz HM, Lin Z, Kasl SV, Mattera JA, Roumanis SA, Vaccarino V. 2005. Patientswith depressive symptoms have lower health status benefits after coronary artery bypass surgery, Circulation, 111(3):271-277. 

Vaccarino V, Rathore S, Wenger NK, Frederik PD, Abramson JL, Barron HV, Manhapra A, Mallik (Parashar) S, Krumholz H. 2005. Sex and race differences in the treatment and outcome of acute myocardial infarction, 1994-2002, New England Journal of Medicine, 353:671-682.

Mallik (Parashar) S, Spertus JA, Reid K, Krumholz HM, Rumsfeld JS, Weintraub WS, Agarwal P, Santra M, Wenger NK, Vaccarino V. - for the PREMIER-QI Registry Investigators. 2006. Depressive symptoms after acute myocardial infarction: evidence for highest rates in younger women, Archives of Internal Medicine, 166 (8): 876-883

Parashar S, Spertus JA, Reid K, Krumholz HM, Rumsfeld JS, Lichtman, J, Amin A, Weintraub WS, Bidyasar S, Dawood N, Wenger NK, Vaccarino V. 2006. Time course of depression and outcome after acute myocardial infarction, Archives of Internal Medicine, 166 (18): 2035-2043 

Parashar, S, Dawood, N, Reid, KJ, Spertus, J, Vaccarino, V. The Presence of Tobacco Cessation Programs Is Not Sufficient for Low-Income Hospitalized Smokers Reply. Archives of Internal Medicine 2009. 169 (9): 903-903.

Parashar S, Shaw L, Reid KJ, Spertus JA, Vaccarino V. Early menopause predicts adverse outcomes after myocardial infarction. Menopause 2010; 17(5).

Parashar S, Spertus JA, Tang F, Bishop KL, Vaccarino V, Jackson CF, Boyden TF, Sperling J.Predictors of Early and Late Enrollment in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Among Those Referred, after Acute Myocardial Infarction, Circulation 2012

Emory Department of Medicine Early Career Faculty Research Award for Clinical Research

American Heart Association (AHA) Scientist Development Award

Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health Award to recognize outstanding work in the area of women’s health and cardiovascular disease; American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
Medical School
All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA