With her interest in neuroscience and biochemistry, Holly Andersen, MD, seemed like a natural fit for the premed path when she arrived at Dartmouth as an undergraduate, but she had no intention of becoming a physician. By the time she graduated in 1985, however, she was on her way to a distinguished career in medicine and education.
During her time at Dartmouth, Andersen pursued coursework in the basic sciences, as well as guidance, from Dartmouth’s medical faculty, which influenced her decisionto go into medicine. She is now a highly respected cardiologist, earning her MD with honors from the University of Rochester Medical School. She is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Sports Medicine, an associate professor of clinical medicine, attending cardiologist, and director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 2006, a Visiting Professorship in Integrative Medicine was endowed in her name at the Weill Medical College of Cornell.
Andersen remains connected to Dartmouth in her role as a member of the Geisel School of Medicine’s Board of Overseers.
The daughter and granddaughter of career educators, Anderson believes it is her responsibility to educate young physicians, a job she happily embraces. She frequently talks about the joy of teaching medicine’s future leadersand about how Dartmouth and the medical school influenced her decision to practice medicine and serve others.