Marc Jaffe is the Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health for Resolve to Save Lives at Vital Strategies, where he leads a team working with governments, World Health Organization, civil society and other stakeholders to prevent 100 million deaths from cardiovascular disease in low and middle-income countries.
Marc is a notable expert on cardiovascular health. His achievements include leading the creation of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Hypertension Program, which doubled blood pressure control rates from 41% to 85-90% over 10 years, and leading the creation of the Kaiser Permanente Cardiovascular Risk Reduction (“PHASE- Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday”) Program, which targets high risk individuals with diabetes or cardiovascular disease. These two programs have contributed to significant reductions in cardiovascular events. Marc also developed and led the Kaiser National Integrated Cardiovascular Health Guideline Team, bringing comprehensive, evidence-based cardiovascular guidelines to all the Kaiser Permanente Regions in the United States. He brings this knowledge and expertise working to reduce the number of people dying from heart disease and stroke in low and middle-income countries, through the implementation of high-impact programs designed to improve the treatment of high blood pressure, eliminate artificial trans-fats from the food supply, and reduce sodium intake that raises blood pressure.
Marc also currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School.
Prior to joining Vital Strategies, Marc was a technical advisor for the World Health Organization/PanAmerican Health Organization Hypertension Program, after serving as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the Global Standardization Treatment Project. Marc earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and prior to that, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism and has published numerous papers and articles on cardiovascular population care, and frequently lectures locally, nationally and internationally. He completed his residency at the University of California, San Diego, and an Endocrinology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.