Training the Thought Leaders of Tomorrow


Anthony DeMaria, MD
Anthony N. DeMaria, MD

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

For Advancing Cardiovascular Research and Education


The Gala

Heart disease is the number one cause of death globally and affects millions around the world. The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for people suffering from cardiovascular disease through research and education. This year’s Gala celebrates dedication to training the thought leaders of tomorrow and recognizes those who have made considerable contributions to cardiovascular research and education, devoting their careers to teaching the latest research and techniques to others, leading to improved outcomes for patients all over the world.


6:30 pm • Friday, December 12, 2014


Martin B. Leon, MD
Jack Lewin, MD
Gregg W. Stone, MD

The Plaza

The Grand Ballroom
Fifth Avenue at Central Park West
New York, NY

For more information, please contact Irma Damhuis at 646-434-4690 or



the gala


Anthony DeMaria, MD

Anthony N. DeMaria, MD

A distinguished cardiologist, Dr. DeMaria has been engaged in clinical practice and cardiovascular disease research for more than 25 years. He is the Judith and Jack White Chair in Cardiology and founding director of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego. His field of specialization is cardiac imaging techniques, particularly echocardiography.

For 12 years, Dr. DeMaria served as editor-in-chief of one of the top peer-reviewed publications in the field, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). During his tenure, he helped to expand JACC to include three specialty journals: JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, and most recently JACC: Heart Failure. An author or co-author of over 530 articles for medical journals, Dr. DeMaria is also listed in the Best Doctors in America and by Good Housekeeping as Best Heart Doctors in America.

Dr. DeMaria is a Diplomat in the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified by the Subspecialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease. He is a Past President of both the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography. He has served as a member of the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Chair of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He received his medical degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and completed a medical residency at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, New York and cardiology fellowship training at the University of California, Davis.

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

A renowned cardiologist, researcher, and global heart disease prevention advocate, Dr. Fuster has dedicated his life to improving the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. Dr. Fuster currently serves as Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is also the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Fuster was the President of Science and is now the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid, Spain and also Chairman of the SHE Foundation (Science for Health and Education).

Among the positions of distinction that he has held are President of the American Heart Association, President of the World Heart Federation, member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences where he serves as chair of the Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and President of the Training Program of the American College of Cardiology. Thirty-three distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him honorary doctorate degrees.

Dr. Fuster is an author of more than 900 research articles on the subjects of coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and thrombosis, and he has published two leading books on clinical cardiology and research, The Heart and Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease. In 2013, he was named editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). Dr. Fuster received his medical degree from Barcelona University and completed an internship at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona.

Pulse 2014 Tribute Video

Support the Gala

Thank you for your interest in supporting our signature fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit CRF’s medical research and educational programs. Your contribution will make a significant difference in the care of people with heart disease by allowing us to pursue innovative areas of research, train tomorrow’s physician leaders and educate the medical community and the public about heart health. We are deeply grateful for your support.


Purchase Tickets

To reserve a table or purchase tickets, please complete the online form below.

Premier Table: $50,000: Includes premier seating for 10, VIP reception, special recognition in program and from podium at the event, including digital advertisement, and Web link with company name and logo on CRF Web site for 1 year.

Leadership Table: $25,000: Includes premium seating for 10, special recognition in program, special recognition from podium and at event including digital advertisement.

Benefactor Table: $15,000 (Limited Availability) Includes priority seating for 10 and special recognition in program.

Patron Ticket: $1,750: Includes preferred seating and recognition in program.

Individual Ticket: $1,000

Digital Advertisement: $2,500 (per ad)

Contact Information
For more information, please contact Judy Romero at 646-434-4608 or

About CRF

Since its inception in 1991, the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has played a major role in realizing dramatic improvements in treating heart disease by establishing the safe use of new technologies, drugs, and therapies in interventional cardiovascular medicine. Guided by visionary physicians who are passionate about advancing the field, CRF’s mission is to improve the survival and quality of life for those suffering from heart disease around the world.

CRF’s role in interventional cardiovascular medicine is unique. By providing research, evaluation, and education under one roof, CRF has the ability to generate important research questions, test and refine groundbreaking new therapies, and ensure that these treatments are available to patients at the earliest opportunity.

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Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Martin B. Leon, MD
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Co-Director, Medical Research and Education Division

Gregg W. Stone, MD
Immediate Past Chairman
Co-Director, Medical Research and Education Division

Jack Lewin, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer

Physician Contributors

  • Alexandre Abizaid, MD, PhD
  • Andrea Abizaid, MD, PhD
  • Ali F. Aboufares, MD
  • Ziad A. Ali, MD
  • Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD
  • Sorin J. Brener, MD
  • Michael B. Collins, MD
  • George D. Dangas, MD, PhD
  • Philippe Généreux, MD
  • Juan F. Granada, MD
  • William A. Gray, MD
  • Rebecca T. Hahn, MD
  • Allen Jeremias, MD, MSc
  • Greg L. Kaluza, MD, PhD
  • Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD, PhD
  • Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM
  • Susheel Kodali, MD
  • Akiko Maehara, MD
  • Roxana Mehran, MD
  • James K. Min, MD
  • Gary S. Mintz, MD
  • Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
  • Tamim Nazif, MD
  • Manish Parikh, MD
  • LeRoy E. Rabbani, MD
  • Warren Sherman, MD
  • Robert J. Sommer, MD
  • Paul S. Teirstein, MD
  • Giora Weisz, MD
  • Mathew Williams, MD
  • Steven D. Wolff, MD, PhD
  • Geng-Hua Yi, MD

Board of directors

  • Eric B. Woldenberg, Esq
  • Chairman
  • Joseph G. Beck
  • Colette Y. Gardner
  • Robert L. Glenning
  • William A. Himmelsbach, MPH, FACHE
  • Karen G. Krasney, JD
  • Jack Lewin, MD
  • Frank Litvack, MD
  • Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
  • Arthur J. Pergament
  • Eric A. Rose, MD
  • Marvin L. Woodall