Letter from the Chairman

Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD

Friends and Supporters,

Welcome to the fall issue of The Beat. In this issue, you’ll visit some of our innovative programs and meet some of the talented physicians and teams who are making a difference in the lives of our patients.

Our cover story will bring you up close and personal to a truly terrifying experience: cardiac arrest. In the story, you will meet two patients who lived to tell their tales and, like so many, are grateful to Pauley’s world-class ARCTIC program, led by Dr. Mimi Peberdy and Dr. Joe Ornato.

In electrophysiology news, you can read about Dr. Jay Koneru and Dr. Gautham Kalahasty, the first physicians in central Virginia to implant the world’s tiniest, and first leadless, pacemaker. We have also completed the new EP suite, which provides an optimal setting for both exploration and patient care.

Longtime heart center innovator Dr. Michael Hess recently retired. But he leaves behind many important legacies—including his innovative work with cardiac transplant patients. I hope you will enjoy reading about his memories of working with pioneering transplant physician, Dr. Richard Lower, in the early days of the program.

One of the things that’s fantastic about this place is the people that we’re surrounded by—including the many Advanced Practice Providers—nurse practitioners and physician assistants–who are so expert in cardiology and patient care. In this issue, you can read about the many ways they are helping patients in the divisions of cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery.

There are so many phenomenal things occurring on this campus, and some of the best are the result of our doctors, researchers, nurses, and other team members working together to provide the best care possible to our patients. They, together with friends like you—who make so much of our work possible—are truly what makes this place great.


Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, M.D.
Chairman, Division of Cardiology