Dr. Magliato

Dr. Magliato is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. She founded and directed a Multidisciplinary Women’s Health Center to address the cardiac needs of female patients at Providence Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA, where she is currently on staff. Prior to joining Saint John’s Medical Center, Dr. Magliato was a heart/lung transplant surgeon and Director of the Mechanical Assist Device Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


Dr. Magliato received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Union College in Schenectady, New York where she graduated with Cum Laude honors. After earning her medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Magliato completed 9 years of clinical training at Akron General Medical Center, the University of Michigan Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh. In 2006 she earned an Executive MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Business and received their Inspirational Alumni Award as part of the 75th anniversary of the school.

Dr. Magliato has a keen interest in promoting cardiac health for women and is the Immediate Past President of the Board of the Greater LA County American Heart Association. She is the first woman to ever hold this position in the history of this board. She was recently promoted to serve on the AHA Western States Affiliate Board.

She has been highlighted by the media as an expert in heart disease and has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX news as well as CNN. She has been featured in shows by Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Dr. Oz and has done documentaries for National Geographic.

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Dr. Magliato’s memoir HEART MATTERS was published in February 2010 and received a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly and 4 star review in People Magazine. It has been made into a scripted medical drama, HEARTBEAT, on NBC. She resides in Pacific Palisades, California, with her husband, a liver transplant and pancreatic surgeon, and their two sons.

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