Nisha Parikh


Physician-researcher, mother of three and artist

Nisha Parikh is a noninvasive cardiologist and echocardiographer – a specialist in heart ultrasound. She sees patients in the Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center as well as the Pregnancy and Cardiac Treatment Program. She has a particular interest in cardiovascular disease prevention, including in pregnant women. She is utilizing data from the Women's Health Initiative observational study and from claims databases in California to develop and validate tools that could provide an early indication of increased risk for future heart disease in women. She is also interested in discovering how adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preeclampsia and preterm delivery, link to cardiovascular disease. More recently, she has become interested in the links between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease.

Parikh earned her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She completed a clinical and research fellowship in cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a cardiovascular epidemiology research fellowship with the Framingham Heart Study at the Boston University School of Medicine. She also earned a master's degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Parikh is a member of the American Heart Association. In 2009, she received an award from its Council on Clinical Cardiology and from Merck that honors women in cardiology for excellence. In 2010, she received an award for her research on cardiovascular disease from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. She has published research, sponsored by the American Heart Association, on adverse pregnancy outcomes and cardiovascular disease prevention in women.

  • Education

    New York Medical College, 2002

  • Residencies

    Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005

  • Fellowships

    University of Boston School of Medicine, 2007

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

I practice medicine centered on public health, but I recognize when to step outside of traditional models of care to bring the best outcome for individual patients.

Clinics I work with

Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay

535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158

Pregnancy and Cardiac Treatment (PACT) Program

Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building

1825 Fourth St., Third floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

My work

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COVID-19 can affect the heart