The Gala

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death globally and affects millions around the world.

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is dedicated to helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease. For over 25 years, CRF has helped pioneer innovations in interventional cardiology and has educated doctors on the latest treatments for heart disease. This year’s Gala honors Dr. Allan Schwartz, Harold Ames Hatch Professor of Medicine; Seymour Milstein Professor of Cardiology (in Medicine); Chief, Division of Cardiology; Physician-in-Chief, Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center; Vice Chair, Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Together with the global cardiovascular community, we will pay tribute to Dr. Schwartz’s vital role in advancing the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease through his dedication to patient care and research. Dr. Schwartz’s seminal work in identifying and preventing risks in professional athletes will also be recognized.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit CRF’s medical research and educational programs.

6:30 PM | Friday, December 9, 2016

Co-Chairs
Martin B. Leon, MD
Jack Lewin, MD
Gregg W. Stone, MD

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

For more information, please contact Irma Damhuis at 646-434-4690 or idamhuis@crf.org.

The Honoree

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Allan Schwartz, MD
Harold Ames Hatch Professor of Medicine and
Seymour Milstein Professor of Cardiology (in Medicine)
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Physician-in-Chief, Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Allan Schwartz, MD, graduated magna cum laude in physics and mathematics from the City College of New York in 1967. He received an MA in physics in 1968 from Harvard University and an MD from the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1974, where he was awarded the Robert Loeb and Janeway Prizes. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital and he completed a fellowship in clinical and research cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schwartz returned to the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1978 as an academic clinical cardiologist.

Dr. Schwartz has been vigorously involved in patient care, education of medical students, medical housestaff and cardiology fellows, as well as clinical research with a current focus on valvular heart disease. He has progressively assumed various leadership and administrative roles serving as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Associate Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Seymour Milstein and Harold Ames Hatch Professor of Clinical Medicine. In 1999, Dr. Schwartz became Chief of the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Schwartz has also played an important administrative role within the Department of Medicine, serving as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Schwartz has been a driving force behind the development of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Cardiovascular Service Line and the development of the new Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center. Under Dr. Schwartz’s leadership, there has been a major increase in the breadth of cardiology clinical and research activities, resulting in the Division of Cardiology’s attaining international prominence and emerging as one of the leading cardiology training centers in the United States.

For more information on Dr. Schwartz's seminal work in identifying and preventing risks in professional athletes, click here.

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2015 Gala

CRF Honors Dr. Henry Kissinger and Dr. Roman DeSanctis at the 2015 Pulse of the City Gala

More than 400 people gathered to spend “An Evening with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger” and celebrate the latest innovations in cardiovascular research at the Annual Pulse of the City Gala on Friday, December 11, 2015 at The Plaza Hotel. The Gala honored Dr. Kissinger, the world-renowned visionary and former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, and also paid tribute to the career and accomplishments of Dr. Roman W. DeSanctis, a preeminent leader in clinical cardiology for the past 50 years.

The program featured remarks by Dr. Kissinger and Dr. DeSanctis, as well as Gala chairs Drs. Martin B. Leon, Jack Lewin and Gregg W. Stone. Dr. Kissinger talked about the positive experience he had while being treated at the Heart Valve Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center while Dr. DeSanctis emphasized the importance of philanthropic support of medical research and education. A video showcasing Dr. Kissinger’s career as a widely respected public servant, distinguished scholar and prolific author was also shown, followed by dinner and dancing. The event raised funds for CRF’s medical research and educational programs.

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.

Make a secure, tax-deductible donation today to CRF.

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

SPONSORSHIPS
CRF offers several underwriting opportunities for the gala. For more information, please contact Irma Damhuis at 646-434-4690 or idamhuis@crf.org.

Premier ($50,000)
Includes an exclusive VIP cocktail reception, one table for 10 with premier seating, special thanks announcement from podium, recognition in gala program, digital advertisement at the event, and Web link with company name and logo on CRF Web site for one year.

Leadership ($25,000) Limited Availability
Includes one table for 10 with premium seating, special thanks announcement from podium, recognition in gala program, and digital advertisement at the event.

Benefactor ($15,000) Very Limited Availability
Includes one table for 10 with priority seating and special recognition in gala program.

TICKETS
Patron ($1,750)
Includes preferred seating and recognition in gala program.

Individual ($1,000)

ADS
Digital Advertisement ($2,500)

For more information, please contact Judy Romero at 646-434-4608 or jromero@crf.org.

About CRF

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease. For over 25 years, CRF has helped pioneer innovations and has educated doctors on the latest treatments for heart disease. We are committed to igniting the next wave of innovation in research and education that will help doctors save and improve the quality of their patients’ lives.

 

Our Model to Defy Heart Disease

By covering all aspects of the research continuum, we’re able to accelerate the speed with which breakthrough therapies reach patients through doctors, improving survival rates and quality of life for patients worldwide.

Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Martin B. Leon, MD Founder and Chairman Emeritus Co-Director, M

Martin B. Leon, MD

Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Co-Director, Medical Research and Education

Gregg W. Stone, MD Immediate Past Chairman Co-Director, Medical

Gregg W. Stone, MD

Immediate Past Chairman
Co-Director, Medical Research and Education

Jack Lewin, MD President and Chief Executive Officer

Jack Lewin, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer


Physician Contributors

  • Alexandre Abizaid, MD, PhD
  • Andrea Abizaid, MD, PhD
  • Ziad A. Ali, MD, DPhil
  • Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD
  • Michael A. Borger, MD
  • Michael B. Collins, MD
  • Antonio Colombo, MD
  • George D. Dangas, MD, PhD
  • Philippe Généreux, MD
  • Isaac George, MD
  • Juan F. Granada, MD
  • Rebecca T. Hahn, MD
  • Allen Jeremias, MD, MSc
  • Nisha B. Jhalani, MD
  • Greg L. Kaluza, MD, PhD
  • Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD, PhD
  • Omar Khalique, MD
  • Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM
  • Susheel Kodali, MD
  • Ioanna Kosmidou, MD, PhD
  • Akiko Maehara, MD
  • Roxana Mehran, MD
  • James K. Min, MD
  • Gary S. Mintz, MD
  • Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
  • Tamim Nazif, MD
  • Manish A. Parikh, MD
  • LeRoy E. Rabbani, MD
  • Robert J. Sommer, MD
  • Paul S. Teirstein, MD
  • Giora Weisz, MD
  • Geng-Hua Yi, MD

Board of Directors

  • Eric B. Woldenberg, Esq
  • Chairman
  • Joseph G. Beck
  • Colette Y. Gardner
  • 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