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St Francis to host world renowned cardiologist

February 28, 2008

St. Francis Health Center is pleased to host world-renowned Dr. Valentin Fuster, past president of the American Heart Association and immediate past president of the World Heart Foundation, as a physician cardiology symposia presenter on Friday, Feb. 29, in the St. Francis Auditorium. He will be available for media interviews from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.

Fuster is one of the foremost authorities on cardiology in the world. He is the only cardiologist to receive four major research awards from the four premier cardiovascular organizations. He serves the Mount Sinai Medical Center as director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is also the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation professor for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Fuster holds numerous distinctions, including service as former chairman of the Fellowship Training Directors Program of the American College of Cardiology. He is the recipient of three ongoing National Institute of Health grants, has published more than 500 articles on the subject of coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and thrombosis and serves as the lead editor of two major cardiology textbooks. He is also editor-in-chief of the Nature journal that focuses on cardiovascular medicine.

His awards include:

  • Lewis A. Conner Memorial Award from the American Heart Association
James B. Herrick Achievement Award from the Council of Clinical Cardiology from the American Heart Association
  • The 1996 Principe de Asturias Award of Science and Technology (the highest award given to Spanish-speaking scientists)
  • Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Cardiology
  • Gold Heart Award from the American Heart Association (its highest award)
  • Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology (Vienna, Austria, September 2007
  • Kurt Poltzer Cardiovascular Award from the European Academy of Science and Arts (to be presented in 2008)
  • He received his medical degree from Barcelona University after completing an internship at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. He has worked as a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School and was the chief of cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital before rejoining Mount Sinai in 1994.

    The St. Francis Physician Symposia series features nationally recognized lecturers from across the country and local expertise to share with area physicians the latest developments in treating patients for cardiovascular needs, pain management, obesity, gastrointestinal problems and more. The Physician Symposia series offered by St. Francis nine times a year began in 1981 as a way to bring physicians together to engage in dialogue about new treatment techniques and to enhance their ability to provide the highest-quality care to patients in northeast Kansas. Physicians who attend receive continuing education credit.

    Bob Bowles, Ed.D, director of physician education and recruitment at St. Francis, says, “We are extremely fortunate to host Dr. Fuster because he truly is the foremost cardiology authority in the world. Our primary care physicians and cardiologists have a unique opportunity to glean additional insights from a physician who has shaped the practice of cardiology in countless ways.”

    Other presenters at the cardiology symposia include:

    Stephanie Blanken, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon, St. Francis Cardiothoracic Surgery; Raymond Dattilo, MD, FACC, cardiologist, Cardiology Consultants of Topeka PA; Rajya L. Malay, MD, FRCPC, cardiology, Cardiology Consultants of Topeka PA; and Diane Wilkins, ARNP, Cardiology Consultants of Topeka PA.