• Research Professor, Global Health
  • Research Professor, Family Medicine
  • Research Professor, Epidemiology
Annette Fitzpatrick

Research Section, Department of Family Medicine
4225 Roosevelt Way NW, Suite 308
Box 354922
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Annette L. Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Research Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. She has been working in the field of aging for over 30 years with a focus on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors as well as in dementia and cognitive function. She has been Principal Investigator of 20 studies funded by the NIH or CDC as well as co-investigator in an additional 15 studies. She was a founding member of the multi-site observational cohorts investigating cardiovascular disease, the "Cardiovascular Health Study" and the “Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis” (MESA).In 2013 she worked with colleagues at Kathmandu University to begin collection of cardiovascular risk factors in the town of Dhulikhel, Nepal, in the “Dhulikhel Heart Study” (DHS). She has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently PI with former UW PhD students in Nepal and Kenya on the global health training grant "Building Capacity to Address the Burden of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Diseases in LMICs".

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MA (Southern Illinois University)
Country Affiliations 
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Adult Mortality
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Education and Training
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Mobile Health (mHealth)
  • Neurology
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Research
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Stroke
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Chronic diseases and diseases of aging including cardiovascular disease (CVD) focusing on coronary heart disease and stroke, dementia including Alzheimer's disease, as well as other aspects of physical and cognitive functioning in older adults; sequelae of HIV such as CVD and dementia.


Fitzpatrick AL, van Pelt M, Heang H, Steinman L, Ide N, Chhea C, LoGerfo3 JP. Targeted mHealth Messages to Address Hypertension and Diabetes Self-Management in Cambodia: Protocol for a Clustered Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019; 8:e11614.

Hwang PH, Longstreth WT, Brenowitz WD, Thielke SM, Lopez OL, Carone M, Francis CE, DeKosky ST, Fitzpatrick AL. Dual sensory impairment in older adults and risk of dementia from the GEM Study. Alzheimer’s Dement. 2020;12:e12054. PRIMARY STUDENT MENTOR

Shrestha A, Karmacharya BM, Maharjan R, Abhinavz V,Dhimal M, Oli N, Shresha R, Pyakurel P, Fitzpatrick A, Citrin, Bajracharya S, Xu Dong R, Spiegelman D, Koju R. Stakeholder Engagement in Planning the Design of a National Needs Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management in Nepal. Global Heart 2019. 14(2):181-189. PRIMARY STUDENT MENTOR

Karmacharya BM, Fitzpatrick AL, et al. Awareness, Treatment and Control of Hypertension in Nepal: Findings from the Dhulikhhel Heart Study. Heart Asia. 2017 Jan 4;9(1):1-8. PRIMARY STUDENT MENTOR

Fitzpatrick AL, Rapp SR, Luchsinger J, Hill-Briggs F, Alonso A, Gottesman R, Lee H, Carnethon M, Liu K, Williams K, Sharrett AR, Frazier-Wood A, Lyketsos C, Seeman T. Sociodemographic Correlates of Cognition in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2015; 23:684-697.