• Dr. Wells, a native of Birmingham, AL, came to UAB in September 2021 as a Professor of Medicine. She earned both her PhD and medical degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1989 and 1994. Afterwards, Dr. Wells completed both an internal medicine residency (1997) and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases (2000) at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has served in numerous leadership roles including Director of Inpatient Cardiology and Associate Dean for Admissions at Wake Forest, Director of the Women’s Heart Health program at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart & Vascular Institute where she was the inaugural Thomas Whayne Endowed Professor of Women’s Heart Health and within the American College of Cardiology. She is a co-investigator in the NHLBI funded Women’s Health Initiative and has led a number of clinical trials. Dr. Wells has received numerous awards and recognitions including Best Doctors in America (2009 – current) and the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award (2020).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Serial 7-Day Electrocardiogram Patch Screening for AF in High-Risk Older Women by the CHARGE-AF Score.JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  8:1523-1534. 2022
    2022 Chronic Oxidative Stress as a Marker of Long-term Radiation-Induced Cardiovascular Outcomes in Breast Cancer.Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research2022
    2022 Contributions of the Women's Health Initiative to Cardiovascular Research: JACC State-of-the-Art Review.Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  80:256-275. 2022
    2022 The relationship between optimism, MCI, and dementia among postmenopausal women.Aging and Mental Health.  1-9. 2022
    2021 Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Incident Heart Failure in the Women's Health Initiative.JAMA Network Open.  4:e2138071. 2021
    2021 Association of cardiovascular health and epigenetic age acceleration.Clinical Epigenetics.  13:42. 2021
    2019 Global Left Ventricular Strain at Presentation Is Associated with Subsequent Recovery in Patients with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy.Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.  32:1565-1573. 2019
    2019 Menopausal Estrogen-Alone Therapy and Health Outcomes in Women With and Without Bilateral Oophorectomy: A Randomized Trial.ACP journal club.  171:406-414. 2019
    2019 Prognostic Implications of Coronary Collaterals in Transmural Infarct-Related Percutaneous Coronary Interventions.Angiology.  70:193-196. 2019
    2016 Prognosis for Women With Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease.Angiology.  67:705-708. 2016
    2015 Development of EULAR recommendations for the reporting of clinical trial extension studies in rheumatologyAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases.  74:963-969. 2015

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Wells is a highly respected general cardiologist and national academic leader in clinical cardiology. Her research interests focus on psychological attributes contributing to cardiovascular disease outcomes and novel approaches to microvascular disease.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human / Medical Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1989
  • Full Name

  • Gretchen Wells