‘Improving Survival of Patients with Cardiovascular Disease: Bedside to Bench and Back’

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 4:15pm

Research in cardiovascular disease has translated into amazing results in caring for heart patients, from the moment of a heart attack to ongoing treatment in chronic cases, according to the University of Arizona’s own renowned cardiologist speaking in Tucson and Phoenix this week.

Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, will discuss developments in heart care and research in a presentation entitled, “Improving Survival of Patients with Cardiovascular Disease: Bedside to Bench and Back,” in Tucson on Tuesday, March 6, and in Phoenix on Wednesday, March 7. Free and open to the public, the talks are part of the Buffmire Lecture series, sponsored by the Flinn Foundation.

Dr. Ewy is internationally known for his research and for establishing the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group. Their discoveries have led to the concept of cardiocerebral resuscitation, or Chest-Compression-Only CPR, for cardiac arrest patients. For his contributions in defibrillation and CPR, Dr. Ewy was designated one of the honorees – a “CPR Giant” – by the International Conference on Guidelines for Emergency Cardiac Care in 2001, an honor bestowed on only a handful of individuals every five years, individuals who have made major contributions to the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The Tucson presentation will be held Tuesday, March 6, with the lecture from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet reception from 1 to 1:30 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. The Tucson event also will be broadcast live and archived on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The University of Arizona Medical Center- University Campus visitor/patient parking garage, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., just south of the Arizona Cancer Center. For directions, visit the website www.umcarizona.org/body.cfm?id=13) For more information about the March 6 and upcoming Buffmire lectures in Tucson, contact Christy Bustillos, UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Alumni Affairs and Special Events, 520-626-6177, email cbustillos@email.arizona.edu

The Phoenix presentation will be held Wednesday, March 7, beginning with a meet-and-greet reception at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5 p.m., in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. (Please note: Parking is available at 714 E. Van Buren, across the street from the medical school campus.) For more information about the Phoenix lecture, contact Sheila Maddox, 602-827-2007, email smaddox@email.arizona.edu

About Dr. Ewy

Gordon A. Ewy, MD, has been director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center since 1991 and is professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine. He also served as chief of cardiology and director of the fellows program for more than two decades.

Dr. Ewy obtained his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Kansas and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship training at Georgetown University. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, and recently completed a six-year rotation as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease, which writes the examination for board certification for cardiologists wanting to become board certified in cardiovascular diseases.

A fellow of both the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Dr. Ewy has served in various capacities in both organizations, including the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Learning Center Committee and the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the ACC. Dr. Ewy is on the editorial board of three medical journals.

A former teaching scholar of the American Heart Association, Dr. Ewy has received a number of teaching awards, including the Furrow Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Education. He has directed a number of post-graduate educational programs in cardiology and currently co-directs the annual “Cardiology Update” held each year at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and “Tutorial in the Tetons” held each summer in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

About the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine

Initiated in 1997, the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a biannual event and includes presentations in both Phoenix and Tucson.

The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served as a board director for the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as president and chairman.

The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to non-profit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state’s biomedical research enterprise.

About the UA College of Medicine

The UA College of Medicine (http://medicine.arizona.edu) is the only allopathic medical college in Arizona. Beginning in 1967 with a class of 32 students on its Tucson campus, the college today encompasses full, four-year medical-education programs in Tucson and in Phoenix.

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