These are incredibly exciting times to be a part of the Pauley Heart Center. In this issue of The Beat, we look forward to sharing some of our successes in the ongoing challenge of heart disease.
According to the American Hospital Association, heart disease claims one out of every three lives in the United States. It causes more deaths than cancer, AIDS, and infections combined. It is our mission to remain at the forefront of academic and clinical research so that VCU continues to improve outcomes for our patients in the Commonwealth and beyond.
In this issue, you will meet some of our female clinical cardiologists who are raising the bar in cardiovascular treatment and care. You will also discover our innovative cardiac catheterization lab, which has recently developed a new program in structural heart disease. Additionally, you will learn more about how we will be training a new generation of cardiologists at the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, set to open in Spring 2013. I hope our work in this issue impresses you but, more importantly, impresses on you that our work is not nearly finished.
Let me tell you that the Pauley Heart Center changes the world, one patient at a time. When you help support the Heart Center, you help us deliver outstanding healthcare to the many patients and families that rely upon us to improve their lives. Superb physicians, great nursing staff, and advanced nursing partners, as well as internationally ranked scientists and researchers, all work together here to make a difference. Thank you for your support of the Pauley Heart Center.
Finally, I wish to recognize the contributions of my dear friend and colleague Dr. Mark A. Wood to the field of electrophysiology. He was a man who had the trifecta of skills—clinical, research, and teaching—and whose impact and loss is deeply felt. We are so very lucky to have worked alongside him, and we send our love and sympathies to his close friends and family.
Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, M.D.
Chairman, Division of Cardiology