Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen welcomed the guests and made some introductory remarks prior to the dinner. Following the dinner, Dr. George Vetrovec spoke about several friends and supporters of the Pauley Heart Center who passed away in recent months and asked for a moment of silence in their memory. He gave a special tribute to Dr. Howard McCue, who died in December at the age of 93. Dr. Vetrovec then introduced the guest speaker, Bruce S. Stambler, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Stambler earned his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Duke University. He completed his internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Regional Primate Research Center.
From 1991 until 1995, Dr. Stambler was on the faculty at MCV as an Instructor in Clinical Medicine and as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Stambler expressed his gratitude to the guests and spoke fondly about the time he spent in Richmond training under Dr. Ellenbogen. He mentioned that his oldest daughter was born at MCV Hospital and just completed her first year of college. Dr. Stambler remarked how pleased he was to return to Richmond after so many years and see such dramatic changes on the MCV Campus. He commented on his current research interests and activities and spoke specifically about atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, or abnormal heartbeat.
Following Dr. Stambler’s remarks, Dr. Ellenbogen announced that Ken and Dianne Wright pledged $250,000 to establish the C. Kenneth Wright Professorship in Cardiology. Ken and Dianne are longtime supporters of VCU and the MCV Campus and are among the University’s most generous benefactors.
At the conclusion of the evening, Dr. Ellenbogen recognized Dorothy and Stan Pauley for their extraordinary support and presented them with special gifts—a VCU Pauley Heart Center scarf and a VCU Pauley Heart Center tie, both designed and produced by Vineyard Vines. All the guests at the event received scarves and ties.