The Team


Healthy Heart Program Mary Whooley

Mary Whooley, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC

Medical Director

Dr. Whooley is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Whooley’s research is focused on improving health behaviors, especially exercise, in patients with heart conditions. She is currently Principal Investigator of a research study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, entitled “Improving Delivery of Patient-Centered Cardiac Rehabilitation.” Dr. Whooley received her B.A. from Yale University and M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Research, at the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked as a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center since 1998.

Healthy Heart Program David Schopfer

David Schopfer, MD, MAS


Dr. Schopfer is a cardiologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. His research is focused on developing and implementing cost-effective strategies to deliver high quality cardiovascular care. Presently he works primarily on improving cardiac rehabilitation programs for patients with ischemic heart disease and heart failure. Dr. Schopfer received his B.S. from Boston College, M.D. from the Chicago Medical School, and Masters in Clinical Research at University of California San Francisco. He completed residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University then Cardiology fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Healthy Heart Program Michael Bettencourt

Michael Bettencourt

Exercise Physiologist

Michael Bettencourt is an Exercise Physiologist in the Healthy Heart Program. Michael served 7 years in the US Coast Guard before pursing his passion for health and fitness by completing his BS Degree in Kinesiology at Sonoma State University. Michael has a keen awareness for helping clientele become more active and leading healthier lives; including sports performance, weight loss/management, and corrective exercise prescriptions.