Sheila Kar was born in England of physician parents and earned her medical degree from University of Calcutta, India. She did her residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. She is currently a cardiologist at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and has a private medical practice in Beverly Hills. She served as Clinical Chief of Cardiology and Member of the Board of Directors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
She was also District Counselor of Legislature for the California Chapter of American College, which involved lobbying for patient’s rights and the population’s health and is currently co-chair of the Physician Well-being Committee. As a board member of D.A.R.E. America she is involved in protecting youth through education. She serves on the Cardiology Performance Improvement Committee at Cedars-Sinai and is Assistant Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is member of several professional associations, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Physicians to name a few.
Dr. Kar is an educator, clinician, mentor, and philanthropist and has coauthored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, when she was a Research Scientist in Cardiology working on cardiac protective devices during angioplasty and has lectured extensively, locally, nationally and internationally. Her presentations have covered such topics as heart disease in women, preventing coronary artery disease, advancements in diagnosing cardiovascular disease; ethnic disparities in heart disease; addictions and the heart; and the effects of stress and obesity on the heart, life-style modification for heart health etc.
As a practicing cardiologist, Dr. Sheila Kar was concerned about the gap between what we know about heart disease and what is done to prevent it. In 2007, she founded the Sheila Kar Health Foundation to improve the community’s health by promoting education on good health practices and disease prevention.
She is the recipient of several awards, as outstanding physician and for community education, including more recently Advocate of the Year, Award for Outstanding Efforts and Education, Women in Philanthropy Award. Dr. Kar has been listed America’s Top Cardiologist, Leading Physicians of the World, and Woman of Outstanding Leadership by various associations and peer surveys. Her favorite quote is “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”. She believes that she belongs to everyone, and everyone belongs to her.