Christine Albert is a physician and scientist named last year as founding chair of the newly established Department of Cardiology in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Albert leads the strategic direction of clinical, operational, academic and research programs in the Department of Cardiology. Albert has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and serves on numerous editorial boards of scientific journals. She is president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society and principal investigator on two large ongoing research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Albert is best known for making major contributions to understanding how diet and lifestyle affect heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death.