Mary McDermott

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, US


Dr McDermott has devoted her career to advancing our understanding of peripheral artery disease (PAD), making significant contributions to medical knowledge in this field. As the Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine and a professor of preventive medicine in epidemiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, she is a board-certified general internal medicine physician and a respected figure in cardiovascular research.

Beyond her clinical practice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she is a staff physician with the Northwestern Medical Group, Dr. McDermott serves as the deputy editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. She holds the role of Director for the Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core at Northwestern’s Claude D. Pepper Older Americans’ Independence Center.

As the principal investigator for numerous randomized clinical trials on PAD, funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, divisions of the National Institutes of Health, Dr McDermott's research team focuses on interventions to reduce or prevent mobility loss and enhance the quality of life for individuals with PAD.

Dr McDermott earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and a doctor of medicine from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Her medical training includes an internal medicine residency at Northwestern University’s McGraw Medical Center and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. With over 320 published, peer-reviewed papers to her name, Dr. McDermott continues to lead impactful research initiatives in the realm of peripheral artery disease.