11AM – 12PM

Shapiro Breakout Room

At the Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Advances in Research

600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths happening in this country. And coronary heart disease alone costs the U.S healthcare system over $100 billion dollars each year. Considering these staggering figures, it’s critical that cardiovascular research is given the supreme importance it deserves. That’s exactly the case at Brigham & Women’s Hospital which has been the global epicenter of cardiovascular care for nearly a century now. From performing the first successful vascular surgery in the world to mapping the gene for familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to being the first to prove aspirin can prevent a heart attack, the hospital’s achievements span every facet of cardiovascular care and innovation.

This session will focus on the leading cardiovascular experts at BWH and their groundbreaking work in cardiovascular research at the basic, translational and population levels.


Calum MacRae, MD,PhD

Christine Seidman, MD