Dr. Jesurum is a cardiovascular research scientist, the Scientific Director of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute in Seattle, WA and a Research Assistant Professor at The University of Washington. Her research interests are focused on the heart-brain connection, specifically the linkage between cryptogenic stroke, migraine and patent foramen ovale. In longitudinal projects, she has investigated the effect of transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale, a defect of the intra-atrial septum, on recurrent stroke and migraine symptoms. She is currently investigating platelet reactivity and aspirin resistance in migraineurs, endothelial dysfunction in migraine pathogenesis and sequela of migraine including cognitive dysfunction. Her original research has been published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology (JACC), American Journal of Cardiology (AJC), Headache, Stroke, and the Journal of Neuroimaging, and featured in theheart.org, Reuters, ReachMD.com, US News and World Report, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to her research program, Dr. Jesurum maintains an active clinical practice at Swedish Heart and Vascular Clinic focusing on the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis and complex cardiovascular risk factor reduction. She serves as a consultant for medical device companies focusing on the treatment of structural cardiac disease, specifically septal occluder devices for transcatheter patent foramen ovale closure as well as for transcranial Doppler imaging.