Melissa Tracy, MD, FACC

Associate Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician
Joined Rush in October 2012


I completed all of my medical training in Philadelphia at Hahnemann University. I’ve been challenged at several academic institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Miami. Later, I joined the staff at Rush. I’m a non-invasive Cardiologist with many passions of the heart. I run our Echocardiography Lab, Solid Organ Transplant Cardiology Program, and Cardiac Rehabilitation. I’m proudly married and the mom of three children. I was recentlyaccepted to and attended the Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. This seminar was inspiring and instructed me on how to become a better person, leader, mentor, and friend.

What inspired you to get into your field?

Very early in my medical training, I was introduced to the Cardiology Faculty at Hahnemann University. I began collaborating with them on multiple research projects. Through this interaction, I was taught the intricacies of the heart. The heart made sense to me, with all of its pumping and pulsing. I love what I do. And, I love to teach what I do. I’m a mentor to my students and my children.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

At Rush, I’m able to be involved in so many areas of non-invasive Cardiology. In this capacity, I facilitate and grow many programs, which, ultimately, have a positive impact on our patients.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

We have all been mentored, although we may not realize it. Take a moment to think about those who have taken a special interest in what you do. You will come up with at least one name. Then send that person an email and update them on what you’ve accomplished. They will be so happy that you did. Next, choose someone to sponsor. You will feel so fulfilled if you reach out and assist a colleague, trainee, or student. Put these goals on your bucket list.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Cardiology is always evolving. I’m never bored, and I’m always learning. Go into a specialty that will continue to inspire you and make you happy.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I’m very active. Running is my thing. But, my heart is with my family when I’m not working. Without them, life would be a bore.