Meighan Girgus , M.B.A.
Chief Marketing Officer
Meighan Girgus is Chief Marketing Officer of the American Heart Association, responsible for a wide range of organizational efforts that support our mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Among the many areas Girgus oversees are strategic planning, the American Stroke Association, consumer health programs, CPR and First Aid training, communications, advocacy and healthcare quality.
Girgus has spent much of her career dedicated to improving the quality of the healthcare delivery system. She has been integrally involved in multiple national panels and writing groups dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease. She was a co-author of the groundbreaking “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers,” published in JAMA, which was the precedent for a radical shift in stroke care in the United States and the premise for The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center certification program.
Girgus joined the American Heart Association in 1996. Before her promotion to Chief Mission Officer in 2009, she served as Executive Vice President of Health Care for seven years.
Girgus earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, her Master’s in Business Administration from Southern California University, and completed her Graduate Marketing Certification at Southern Methodist University.