Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center

The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Smidt Heart Institute is playing a leading role in identifying female-pattern heart disease, developing new diagnostic tools and advancing specialized care for women. Although heart disease kills more women than men every year, the treatment of women's heart disease was based—until recently—on medical research performed on men.

The center is working to correct these gender inequalities and to educate women on how to recognize female-pattern heart disease symptoms. The center provides convenient access to all of Cedars-Sinai's diagnostic and treatment resources for heart disease, and is designed to help women reduce their chances of heart disease through a preventive approach, including state-of-the-art screening and testing.

Diagnosis: Coronary Microvascular Disease

After years of misdiagnosis by others, Barbara Fleeman found a doctor who put her on a path toward strengthening her heart.

Mitochondria Offer Clues for Heart Researchers

The Gottlieb Laboratory has invented a powerful tool that enables them to see how cells process unwanted, unnecessary or damaged parts.

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Center Director

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD

"We are just at the beginning of understanding the difference between the sexes when it comes to heart disease."

Barbra Streisand's Philanthropic Leadership

Streisand's support, advocacy and commitment bring the Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center to life.

Her Heart Is Our Mission

Learn about supporting the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center.

CREWHS: Call for Applications

The Center for Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences (CREWHS) is calling for investigators to submit their research on women’s health or sex differences. Two winners will be chosen and receive $30,000 direct cost funding for a year. Winners will also present their research at the 3rd Annual CREWHS Symposium on Tuesday, October 8, 2021. Please submit your research application via email at