Nakela L. Cook M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C.
Nakela L. Cook, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., is a medical officer in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Her work at the NHLBI involves outcomes research, epidemiology, and clinical trials. Dr. Cook’s research portfolio includes comparative effectiveness research, cardiovascular imaging, racial/ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular health services.
Dr. Cook joined the NHLBI in 2008. Prior to working at the NHLBI, Dr. Cook’s research focused on access to secondary and tertiary levels of care for patients who were seen at community health centers; referral patterns for cardiovascular care based upon gender, race/ethnicity, insurance, and site of care; and appropriate use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators by gender and race/ethnicity. She remains clinically active in general clinical cardiology at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia.
Dr. Cook attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering. She received a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Boston, and completed her clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. She is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Dr. Cook completed a fellowship in Health Services Research at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also an alumnus of the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and completed her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in health care policy as part of this fellowship.
Cook In the News
The NHLBI's Dr. Nakela Cook talks about bridging the gap for heart health disparities on FOX News with Dr. Manny Alvarez.
The NHLBI's Dr. Nakela Cook discusses "The Heart Truth" about women and heart disease in this article.
Heart Attack Warning Symptoms10/07/2014
This video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—discusses the warning symptoms of a heart attack. It presents one woman's real-life experience with heart attack symptoms, which started during her pregnancy. The video also explains how a heart attack occurs and encourages women to seek care right away for heart attack symptoms.
Heart Disease Risk Factors10/07/2014
This video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—discusses the risk factors for heart disease. You can control many heart disease risk factors, but some you cannot. Taking steps to prevent heart disease is key. For example, don’t smoke or quit smoking; aim for a healthy weight; be physically active; eat for heart health; know your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose numbers; and know your family’s medical history.