Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD, FACP, FAHA, is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, in La Jolla. She joined the UCSD faculty in 1970. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Cornell University Medical College. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, with postgraduate training at the University of Miami.

Dr. Barrett-Connor's research concerns healthy aging with a focus on gender differences and women's health. She is the founder and director of the Rancho Bernardo Heart and Chronic Disease Study, begun in 1972, with continuous support (4 MERIT awards) from the NIH. She has served as a principal investigator of many multicenter clinical trials, including the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions trial, the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study, the Raloxifene Use in the Heart study, and the Diabetes Prevention Program Observational Study.

Dr. Barrett-Connor is Past President of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Epidemiology Council of the American Heart Association (AHA), the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), and the American Epidemiological Society (AES). She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP), and author of >900 publications.