Melissa Burroughs Pena, MD


Melissa Burroughs Pena is a cardiologist and assistant professor whose practice includes general cardiology and echocardiography. Her research focuses on the impact of urban development policy on health disparities in cardiovascular disease outcomes in the United States and globally. Her most recent projects include population-based studies on the association of air pollution exposure and cardiac function in Peru. She frequently collaborates with researchers in HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, partnering with existing research sites to investigate cardiovascular disease.

Burroughs Pena earned her medical degree at Harvard University and completed her internal medicine residency at UCSF and cardiology and advanced echocardiography fellowships at Duke University, where she also earned a master of science in global health.


Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 353-2528

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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Harvard Medical School 2008


UCSF Medical Center 2011


Duke University 2015

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Burroughs Peña MS, Rollins A. Environmental Exposures and Cardiovascular Disease: A Challenge for Health and Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Feb; 35(1):71-86.
  2. Bloomfield GS, Burroughs Peña MS. Five Reasons Why Global Health Matters to Cardiologists. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Feb; 35(1):xiii-xv.
  3. Burroughs Peña MS, Velazquez EJ, Rivera JD, Alenezi F, Wong C, Grigsby M, Davila-Roman VG, Gilman RH, Miranda JJ, Checkley W. Biomass fuel smoke exposure was associated with adverse cardiac remodeling and left ventricular dysfunction in Peru. Indoor Air. 2017 Jul; 27(4):737-745.
  4. Burroughs Peña MS, Dunning A, Schulte PJ, Durheim MT, Kussin P, Checkley W, Velazquez EJ. Pulmonary function and adverse cardiovascular outcomes: Can cardiac function explain the link? Respir Med. 2016 Dec; 121:4-12.
  5. Jaacks LM, Ali MK, Bartlett J, Bloomfield GS, Checkley W, Gaziano TA, Heimburger DC, Kishore SP, Kohler RE, Lipska KJ, Manders O, Ngaruiya C, Peck R, Pena MB, Watkins DA, Siegel KR, Narayan KM. Global Noncommunicable Disease Research: Opportunities and Challenges. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Nov 03; 163(9):712-4.
  6. Quispe R, Bazo-Alvarez JC, Burroughs Peña MS, Poterico JA, Gilman RH, Checkley W, Bernabé-Ortiz A, Huffman MD, Miranda JJ. Distribution of Short-Term and Lifetime Predicted Risks of Cardiovascular Diseases in Peruvian Adults. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Aug 07; 4(8):e002112.
  7. Kaplinski M, Jois M, Galdos-Cardenas G, Rendell VR, Shah V, Do RQ, Marcus R, Pena MS, Abastoflor Mdel C, LaFuente C, Bozo R, Valencia E, Verastegui M, Colanzi R, Gilman RH, Bern C. Sustained Domestic Vector Exposure Is Associated With Increased Chagas Cardiomyopathy Risk but Decreased Parasitemia and Congenital Transmission Risk Among Young Women in Bolivia. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Sep 15; 61(6):918-26.
  8. Bazo-Alvarez JC, Quispe R, Peralta F, Poterico JA, Valle GA, Burroughs M, Pillay T, Gilman RH, Checkley W, Malaga G, Smeeth L, Bernabé-Ortiz A, Miranda JJ. Agreement Between Cardiovascular Disease Risk Scores in Resource-Limited Settings: Evidence from 5 Peruvian Sites. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2015 Jun; 14(2):74-80.
  9. Burroughs Pena MS, Bernabé-Ortiz A, Carrillo-Larco RM, Sánchez JF, Quispe R, Pillay TD, Málaga G, Gilman RH, Smeeth L, Miranda JJ. Migration, urbanisation and mortality: 5-year longitudinal analysis of the PERU MIGRANT study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2015 Jul; 69(7):715-8.
  10. Burroughs Peña M, Romero KM, Velazquez EJ, Davila-Roman VG, Gilman RH, Wise RA, Miranda JJ, Checkley W. Relationship between daily exposure to biomass fuel smoke and blood pressure in high-altitude Peru. Hypertension. 2015 May; 65(5):1134-40.
  11. Burroughs Pena MS, Bloomfield GS. Cardiovascular disease research and the development agenda in low- and middle-income countries. Glob Heart. 2015 Mar; 10(1):71-3.
  12. Burroughs Peña MS, Mendes Abdala CV, Silva LC, Ordúñez P. Usefulness for surveillance of hypertension prevalence studies in Latin America and the Caribbean: the past 10 years. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2012 Jul; 32(1):15-21.
  13. Burroughs Peña MS, Patel D, Rodríguez Leyva D, Khan BV, Sperling L. Lifestyle risk factors and cardiovascular disease in cubans and cuban americans. Cardiol Res Pract. 2012; 2012:470705.
  14. Bibbins-Domingo K, Burroughs Peña M. Caring for the "young invincibles". J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jul; 25(7):642-3.

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