Dervilla M. McCann ’77
Cardiologist, Educator, and Researcher
Years of Service: 2011–2021
Following graduation from Bates College in 1977, Dervilla M. McCann received an Armed Forces Health Scholarship to Medical School at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she received an MD in 1984. After a residency in Internal Medicine at NYU/Bellevue, she completed a cardiology fellowship at Navy Hospital San Diego. After nine years of military service, including tours at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital Ca., and National Naval Medical Center Md., she left the Navy at the rank of Commander. She and her family (Dr. Stephen Meister, Brown University ’76, and two sons, Liam and Aiden Meister) moved to Winthrop, Maine in 1996.
In 1999, she joined a cardiology practice in Auburn, Maine and served as Chief of Medicine and Division Head of Cardiology at St Mary’s Regional Medical Center. She developed and implemented “Take Charge,” an award-winning health risk assessment program. In 2015, she obtained a Master’s Degree in public health from Harvard University, and became the Chief of Population Health at Central Maine Health Care (CMHC) in Lewiston, Medical Director of the Central Maine Accountable Care organization, and COO of Maine Research Associates, a clinical research company owned by CMHC. After serving as interim Chief Medical Officer at CMHC, she became Vice President of Provider Relations until 2019. She continues to work as an educator and researcher with particular interest in familial hypercholesterolemia, preventive cardiology, and cardiac disease in women.