Cheneys establish cardiovascular institute at George Washington University

Larry Husten

March 03, 2006

Edited press release

Washington, DC - The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) and School of Medicine and Health Sciences are pleased to announce a $2.7-million charitable contribution made by Vice Pres Richard B Cheney and Mrs Lynne V Cheney. This gift enables the MFA to establish the Richard B and Lynne V Cheney Cardiovascular Institute in their honor.

The mission of the institute is the advancement of research, education, and the clinical care of cardiovascular diseases. The multidisciplinary institute will comprise clinicians and scientists in the departments of cardiology, radiology, cardiovascular surgery, biochemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacology, among others.

One of the institute's first initiatives will be identifying the significance of genomics and proteonomics in cardiovascular disease. "The Cheney gift has provided us an opportunity to achieve these goals," said Dr Richard Katz, director of the Richard B and Lynne V Cheney Cardiovascular Institute and director, division of cardiology.

"Lynne and I have been grateful for the first-rate care provided by the doctors at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, and we are pleased to support their efforts to advance the treatment of cardiac disease," said Cheney.

"The MFA is deeply appreciative of this generous gift from Vice President and Mrs Cheney, as their charitable contribution will enable us to do advanced research in cardiovascular disease," said Alan G Wasserman, chair, department of medicine and president of Medical Faculty Associates. "We are honored that they trust in our excellent physicians here at the MFA," said Stephen L Badger, chief executive officer of Medical Faculty Associates.

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