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Support, Encouragement, Inspiration, and Monthly Heart Educational Meetings

Attend our monthly educational meetings in the Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium and learn about the risk factors leading to heart disease, diabetes and related diseases.  Also, meet others on the same heart journey.  See our new Introduction Letter 

Sept. 29, 2020 "The Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease" Meeting Flyer 

Dec. 14, 2020 "Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease"  Meeting Flyer 


Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter 

Fall 2019 Newsletter


Highlights of Past Meetings and Speakers!


Donations to the "Courtney Williams Fund in Heart Failure Research" totals $249,000 at 12/31/2019!  

 L-R: Dr. Peter Mohler, Helen & Jeff Davidson, Nancy & Bo Williams, Dr. Tom Ryan.

Learn about OSU's heart failure research fund and donate  HERE  For more information about this fund, please click HERE. 


Heart Education Meetings In 2020

February 13, 2020: Dr. Daniel Martin speaking on "Saving Lives in the ER - How Doctors Think" See presentation HERE

(68 in attendance)


January 9, 2020:  Ross Nurses speaking on "The First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery (57 in attendance)


Heart Education Meetings In 2019:

December 12, 2019 Celebration of Life Dinner (76 in attendance)

November 14, 2019:  Dr. Ajay Vallakati speaking on:  Diastolic Heart Failure and Cardiac Amyloidosis.  See presentation HERE.   (81 in attendance)

October 10, 2019: Ohio State Clinical Pharmacists speaking in:  "An Evening With The Pharmacist" See presentation HERE  (59 in attendance)

September 5, 2019:  Dr. Eric Cortez, Gail Hogan, and Columbus Fire Dept. speaking on: "Cardiac Arrests, Heart Attacks, Strokes and Seizures......." See presentation HERE (86 in attendance)

August 8, 2019:  Dr. Kathleen Dungan speaking on "Diabetes and the Heart"  See presentation HERE (71 in attendance)

July 11, 2019:  Dr. Muhammad Afzal speaking on "New Developments in the Treatment of Afib"  See presentation HERE (106 in attendance)

June 13, 2019: Dr. Cindy Baker speaking on "Saving Lives in the Cath Lab"  (56 in attendance)

May 15, 2019:  Dr. Ragavendra Baliga speaking on "Heart Disease in Cancer Patients & Survivors"  See presentation HERE (51 in attendance)

April 11, 2019:  Julie Wilkes presenting on "Staying Inspired and Positive Despite Serious Health Issues" (68 in attendance)


March 14, 2019:  Dr. Sitaramesh Emani speaking on "Heart Failure:  New Treatments and Developments"  See presentation HERE  (74 in Attendance)


February 14, 2019: Dr. Ernest Mazzaferri speaking on "The Ross Heart Hospital:  Past, Present and Future"  See Presentation HERE (91 in attendance)

January 10, 2019: "Nutrition and a Heart Healthy Diet" (70 in attendance)


Heart Education Meetings 2018:

December 13, 2018:  Celebration of Life Dinner (77 in attendance)

November 8, 2018:  Dr. Rami Khayat speaking on "Sleep and the Heart".  See presentation HERE (95 in attendance)   

October 11, 2018:  Dr. Eric Goulder speaking on "Heart Attacks Are Optional"  (67 in attendance)

September 13, 2018:  Clinical Pharmacists from the Ross and OSU College of Pharmacy speaking in:  "An Evening With The Pharmacist"  Presentation HERE.  (attendance 56)

August 9, 2018: Dr. Kristin Kuntz, PhD speaking on "Coping With Advanced Stage Heart Failure" with discussion on depression and anxiety.  Presentation HERE.  (attendance 58)

July 12, 2018:  Jackie Collins Attorney-At-Law speaking on "Asset Preservation, Long Term Care....." (attendance 58)

June 14, 2018:  Dr. John Hummel speaking on "Advances in Therapy of Atrial Fibrillation"  (attendance 132)

May 10, 2018:  Ohio State 4th Floor Surgical Nurses (attendance 62)


April 12, 2018: YMCA presentation "Enhance Fitness" (attendance 58)

March 8, 2018:  Dr. Kathleen Dungan speaking on "Diabetes and the Heart".  See Dr. Dungan's presentation HERE. (attendance 88)

February 8, 2018:  Dr. Timothy Obarski speaking on:  "Heart Valve Replacements--From the Old to the New" (attendance  69)  PDF or Presentation.

January 11, 2018:  Dr. Brent Lampert speaking on:  "Living with Heart Failure" (attendance 73) PDF of Presentation 


Heart Education Meetings 2017 

December 14, 2017:  Celebration of Life Dinner (84 in attendance) (PDF of 2017 Highlights

November 9, 2017: Dr. Ellin F. Gafford speaking on "Palliative Care and Caregiver Decisions" (attendance 61)

October 18, 2017 Chef James Warner cooking and presenting on:  "Nutrition and a Heart Healthy Diet" (meeting attendance 86)  Recipes From Oct. 18 and more!

September 14, 2017:  Dr. Ragavendra Baliga speaking on "Preventing Heart Disease" (meeting attendance 79)

August 10, 2017:  Dr. David Keseg, Gail Hogan, and EMTs from the Columbus Division of Fire speaking and training on "Hands-Only CPR" (meeting attendance 86).  See presentation HERE. 

July 2017:  Summer Break (no meeting) - Heart Events!

June 8, 2017:  An "Open Your Heart" sharing dinner meeting where heart patients sit with other patients with similar heart issues (88 in attendance). 

May 10, 2017: Dr. Peter J. Mohler spoke on "Heart Failure and Life-Changing Research" being performed at the OSU Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute  (meeting attendance 93). 

April 13, 2017:  Ohio State Pharmacists (L-R) Dr. Brooke Stanton, Dr. Kerry Pickworth, Dr. Mike Boyd, and Dr. Poonam Jewani spoke to us on RX Issues with Q&A in a meeting entitled "An Evening With The Pharmacist"  (meeting attendance 73).  Presentation in PDF format HERE

March 9, 2017:  Dr. Kathleen Dungan and Caroline Rankin of the YMCAs of Central Ohio speaking on Diabetes and the Heart and the sobering link between diabetes and heart patients (meeting attendance 81). See Dr. Dungan's presentation (PDF format) HERE.  With 29 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million Americans with prediabetes, our group will focus more on this issue.  See Caroline Rankin's presentation HERE

February 9, 2017: Dr. John Hummel and Author Rosalie Ungar speaking on:  A-Fib and the Differences Between Men and Women with A-Fib (109 in attendance)  See Presentation HERE   See picture collage HERE 


January 12, 2017: Dr. Quinn Capers, IV spoke on  "Heart Attacks:  Current Treatment & How To Survive and Thrive Afterwards"  (64 in attendance). 


Heart Education Meetings 2015 and 2016 

December 8, 2016: Celebration of Life Dinner; sharing our successes and thanking our doctors.  See our PRESENTATION and PICTURES 

November 10, 2016: Dr. Cheryl Carmin spoke on "Heart & Mind: Depression, Anxiety and Heart Disease" (63 in attendance).  See presentation HERE 

October 13, 2016:  Dr. Sitaramesh Emani, Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant at OSU, spoke on "Managing (and Preventing) Heart Failure"  in a national program from CardioSmart and Novartis  (83 in attendance).  See presentation HERE.   See Dr. Emani's HF Video HERE 

September 8, 2016:  Dr. Ray Hershberger spoke on "Living to Age 100" (53 in attendance).  Presentation coming!

August 11, 2016:  Chef Jim Yue and "Hold the Salt, Learning to Use Spices"  (46 in attendance) and Indian Cuisine Recipe HERE 

July 14, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Raul Weiss entitled "Living With Afib" (74 in attendance). See Presentation HERE.

June 9, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Garrie Haas, Linda Gresser, and a post acute panel of experts on "Post Acute Transitional Care"  See presentation HERE

May 11, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross CICU Nurses entitled "The First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery: A Nurses Perspective"  (52 in attendance with lots of Q&A) AND a celebration of nurses!!  See presentation HERE.  

April 21, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross Pharmacists (L-R) Dr. Min,  John Afek (member), Dr. Pickworth, Dr. Herman, Dr. Blais, and Dr. Pruchnicki entitled:  "An Evening with your Pharmacist" (with 55 in attendance and lots of Q&A).   See presentation HERE and note the Pharmacist's E-mail Addresses for medication questions!!  

March 10, 2016: Presentations by Dr. Kavita Sharma and Amy Sturm, MS, LGC on "Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) and Updates on Cholesterol Treatments" with 24-year old FH patient, Christian Jacobs (42 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Dr. Sharma and Amy Sturm.   FH is genetic and many times undiagnosed.  Check into this issue.


February 11, 2016:  Presentation by Laura Newman, MSW, LISW-s of OSU Ross (top left) on:  "Caregivers--How We Help our Loved Ones" with passionate caregiver stories by Melissa Justice (bottom left) and Annette Salser (right) (61 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Laura and Annette plus Caregiver Tips  

January 14, 2016:  Presentation by Dr. Rami Khayat, Director of the OSU Sleep Heart Program, on: "Sleep And Cardiovascular Health" (65 in attendance) 


December 17, 2015:  Celebration of Life Dinner with members, caregivers, sponsors and OSU doctors (85 in attendance)  See 2015 Accomplishments Slideshow 


November 12, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kathleen Dungan on "Managing Diabetes To Better Manage Heart Disease"  (52 in attendance) 

October 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Robert Cooper on "Chest Pain In The ER--Are Cardiac Workups Doing More Harm than Good?"  (47 in attendance)  


Sept. 10, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. William Abraham on "Reversing Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Muscle Damage"  (72 in attendance)   See Carl Smerdel's Heart Story!     See Dr. Abraham Presentation.

Aug 19, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Charles A. Bush on: Changes in Knowledge and the Management of Cardiovascular Issues from the 1960s to the Present Day" (79 in attendance).   See Presentation Here


July 8, 2015:  Presentations by Dr. David Keseg and Gail Hogan on "Saving Lives With Hands-Only CPR" and CPR training by professionals from the Columbus Fire Department (58 in attendance)   Training Pictures 


June 18, 2015  Safe Travel Tips for Heart Patients and Most Memorable Vacation Travel Pictures.  See Dr. Deepali Tukaye Presentation  


May 13, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Sitaramesh Emani on "Living With Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)" (64 in attendance) See Presentation Here 

April 15, 2015: Presentation by Dr. Emile Daoud on "Living With Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and the Therapies and Procedures for Treating It" (69 in attendance)

March 18, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Juan Crestanello on "The TAVR Procedure" (59 in attendance)

February 11, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kavita Sharma on "Advances in Lipid Management" with a lot of Q&A on cholesterol issues (67 in attendance) See Presentation Here  


January 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Christopher Clark, DDS on "Dentistry and Your Health" with a discussion on dental disease, infections, endocarditis and the heart patient (52 in attendance). 


December 10, 2014:  Member Holiday Sharing Dinner (63 in attendance) with doctors and members sharing with each other, great food and musical entertainment.  See 2014 Accomplishments and Activities

May 14, 2014:  Heart Patient Panel meeting

December 11, 2013 Heart Patient Panel meeting (record 76 in attendance)


Members on Daytime Columbus (NBC 4) - Feb 13, 2013

"Carpe Diem" Video (Heart Patients Seizing The Day!!) -- Released Feb 9, 2012 

Daytime Columbus -- Feb 14, 2012

Daytime Columbus - March 11, 2011