Tampa Cardiologist Nominated as a 2023 Leader of Impact by the American Heart Association

Published: Oct 23, 2023


Dr. Daniela Crousillat is the director of the TGH Cardio-Obstetrics Program and an assistant professor at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.


Tampa, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2023)Tampa General Hospital (TGH) announced today that Dr. Daniela Crousillat, director of the TGH Cardio-Obstetrics Program and an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, has been named a 2023 Leader of Impact nominee by the American Heart Association for her work to improve maternal cardiac care.

The Leaders of Impact campaign recognizes people in the community who step up to make a difference where they work and live to drive equitable health for all through education about cardiovascular disease and stroke while raising critical dollars to help fund lifesaving research.

Today, cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer for women. The number of women in the U.S. who die during pregnancy, childbirth or following delivery is on the rise and disproportionately affecting our most vulnerable communities. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications compared to non-Black women.

Through the establishment of the Cardio-Obstetrics Program at Tampa General Hospital, Crousillat is a critical part of the charge to improve the equitable maternal cardiac care every woman deserves. Her team, “Two Beating Hearts,” is raising funds in honor of every mother lost and their affected families to help drive awareness, research and community engagement to be a relentless force in improving maternal health. Visit her team fundraising page to learn more about her campaign.

“I am incredibly honored to be nominated as a Leader of Impact for The American Heart Association,” Crousillat said. “In 2021, we lost 1,205 women to pregnancy-related complications in a time when nearly every maternal death is preventable, and the majority are due to heart disease. I believe we can and need to do better for our mothers, their infants, families and communities.”

Leaders of Impact launched on Sept. 29 – World Heart Day – in 150 cities across the nation and will run through Nov. 15 – National Philanthropy Day. Each nominee’s participation focuses on opportunities to be a changemaker, with a shared purpose to raise the awareness and action as well as fund the mission of the American Heart Association.

Visit the American Heart Association Leaders of Impact campaign for more information on this year’s honorees.