Dr. Steele is a graduate of Yale College (BS Biology cum laude), Stanford Medical School (MD) and Columbia School of Public Health (MPH). She did her Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford and Cardiology Fellowship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center.
She is a Fellow and former Governor of the American College of Cardiology. During her career with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs she served as Chief, Cardiovascular Diseases for the VA nationally at VA Central Office and continues as Chief, Cardiac Devices, while also providing direct patient care in heart failure and clinical cardiology at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is an active clinician with a long interest in global public health and tertiary health care delivery. During her career in Washington she has served on many federal task forces related to medicine, heart failure and transplantation, working with agencies including Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Advisory Committee; Healthy People 2000; the Food and Drug Administration and the 1993 White House Health Care Reform Working Group.
She has extensive experience running major tertiary clinical programs for the VA including organ transplantation during the 1990’s. She has been a PI or co-PI on a number of clinical trials in Cardiology and Medicine.