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CVI Heartbeats

Red Sox Legend Jim Rice Pinch Hits for Heart Walk

Boston Red Sox veteran Jim Rice, a legendary, power-hitting left-fielder who was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009, will appear in the BIDMC tent at the Boston Heart Walk on September 10. Rice will greet and thank BIDMC walkers for helping to raise funds to support the American Heart Association's research and education programs. He'll also sign autographs. Help the CVI Heart Walk team hit a home run by registering as a walker and meet Rice at the event!

Programs Receive High National Ranking

Heart care and heart surgery at BIDMC have been ranked 27th in the nation among 600 hospitals qualifying for listing in a review of clinical specialties by US News & World Report. This is the sixth year BIDMC has appeared on the elite list of the top 50 heart care providers in the annual "Best Hospitals" survey. Factors that went into the honor included death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation. More info >>

Marc Schermerhorn, MD

New Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Chief

Marc Schermerhorn, MD, has been named Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, one the three divisions of the CardioVascular Institute. An associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as a talented clinician and educator, Dr. Schermerhorn has been an international leader in the field of clinical effectiveness research with a particular focus on the impact of new endovascular therapies directed at aortic aneurysm repair. He succeeds Frank Pomposelli, MD, who is leaving BIDMC to become chairman of the Department of Surgery for St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Chief of Vascular Surgery for the Steward Health Care System.

Medical Mission: Kenya

Eli Gelfand, MD, with a patientIn October, Eli Gelfand, MD, Director of Ambulatory Cardiology, will lead a medical mission to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya. A team of physicians, nurses and techs organized by the Connecticut non-profit Hearts Around the World has several goals: establish a coronary and valve surgery program; enhance the echo lab; introduce minimally invasive valve surgery techniques; improve intensive care; and start a cardiovascular education program for docs and nurses. For more information, please send an e-mail to Dr. Gelfand.

Posted August 2011

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CardioVascular Institute at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215