Dr. Carolyn Reilly is a Clinical Professor within the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Clinically, Dr. Reilly has devoted more than 30 years caring for critically ill and cardiovascular patients as a bedside nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist. It is from this point of reference that she teaches the EKG elective, anything cardiac in the undergraduate programs, and Coordinates the Complex Care Course.
Dr. Reilly’s research centers on promoting self-care in persons suffering from or at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This has included several studies managing self-care and symptoms in persons with heart failure. Clinical adaptation of this work has led to the development of educational programs and instruments for those with heart failure and congenital heart disease. Currently, she is involved with cardio-oncology research focused on the early detection and prevention of CVD.
Dr. Reilly is well-published, served on several AHA and AAHFN writing groups, and is a reviewer for several cardiovascular and critical care journals. She has been active in several professional organizations serving as a Director for the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Membership Chair for the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council of the American Heart Association, and Vice President for the Southern Nursing Research Society.