Discovery Series Event Focuses on Cardiology

Story-7_Dr_Ellenbogen_guestsAt a recent MCV Discovery Series event, guests learned more about heart disease and the latest advances in cardiovascular research. Dr. Jerome F. Strauss III, dean of VCU School of Medicine, led a panel of VCU Pauley Center cardiologists. The event was held November 6 at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg.

“The MCV Foundation launched the Discovery Series in November 2013 in Williamsburg to help increase the visibility of VCU Medical Center and highlight our many areas of excellence. The response has been very positive. During the past year, the Foundation hosted four events and provided the guests with immediate access to the exciting work of our scholars, researchers and clinicians who are truly medical experts in their fields. In many cases, they wrote the books,” says Brian Thomas, interim president, MCV Foundation.

On the panel, Dr. Antonio Abbate spoke about the causes of heart attacks, the connection between inflammation and heart failure, and his clinical research on these subjects. Dr. George Vetrovec shared information about coronary artery disease and explained why people have heart attacks. Dr. Jordana Kron focused her talk on women and heart disease. Finally, Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen spoke about advances in the electrical management of heart disease. After the event, guests had the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with the physicians at a strolling reception.

Dotty and Bill Healy of Williamsburg were among those attending the event. “The eveningStory-7_Dr_Kron_Dr_Vetrovec was extremely well-executed,” says Mr. Healy, who was impressed by the caliber of the speakers at the event. “The audience came away happy and informed. The doctors went the extra nine yards to provide a lot of needed bedside education.”

The Healys were inspired to make a significant gift to Pauley Heart Center to support cardiovascular research.

“I’m just absolutely delighted by their generosity and their support of Pauley Heart Center,” says Dr. Ellenbogen, chair of VCU Division of Cardiology. “Donations like this make a huge difference and really allow us to do groundbreaking research.”

ABOVE LEFT: DR. KENNETH ELLENBOGEN SPEAKING WITH GUESTS. / ABOVE RIGHT: DR. JORDANA KRON AND DR. GEORGE VETROVEC SHARING INFORMATION DURING THE PANEL DISCUSSION ON WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE AND WHY PEOPLE HAVE HEART ATTACKS.