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med recruits nationally recognized cardiovascular physician researcher to lead division

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The University Medical Center has recruited Buddhadeb Dawn, MD, FACC, FAHA, as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases to further enhance its ability to offer world-class cardiovascular care in the region.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2009, Dr. Dawn will serve as the division director of Cardiology, as well as the vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine. In these roles, he will help develop an infrastructure for cardiovascular research and assist in overall research efforts of the Department of Internal Medicine. In addition, he will help develop a Cardiovascular Research Institute at m Medical Center. Dr. Dawn is widely recognized for his research using adult stem cells from the bone marrow as well as the heart to generate new, healthy tissue to repair the damaged heart after a heart attack.

"Dr. Dawn's expertise is a perfect fit for building a cardiovascular research program here at the Medical Center," said Barbara Atkinson, MD, interim m chancellor, executive vice chancellor of m Medical Center and executive dean of the m School of Medicine. "As an accomplished physician researcher, he understands what it takes to translate basic heart research into treatments for patients."

The Cardiovascular Research Institute will focus on advancing basic cardiovascular research and education to support the more advanced cardiovascular care currently being offered by The University Hospital. Dr. Dawn will move into newly renovated research space in the next year and begin recruiting additional cardiovascular researchers for the Institute. With a proven track record in research collaborations across the country, Dr. Dawn will oversee the Institute's efforts to translate research discoveries into better patient care, including uncovering the molecular basis for normal and pathological function of the heart, preventing cardiovascular disease, and enhancing rehabilitation strategies and methods for patients.

"The clinical program has achieved substantial growth over the past eight years with excellence in its outcomes and quality, and is now recognized as one of the top programs in the country. We believe Dr. Dawn will advance and achieve similar growth and excellence with education and research," said Randy Genton, MD, president of Mid-America Cardiology, the primary cardiology practice group at The University Hospital. "Dr. Dawn will further develop excellent basic science and bench research linking those advancements to new and exciting patient care options. The future is very bright for the heart program."

The clinical heart and heart surgery programs at The University Hospital is ranked 34th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is housed in the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Heart Care on the University Medical Center campus.

Prior to accepting his new position, Dr. Dawn served as a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, the director of the Chest Pain Center at the University of Louisville Hospital, as well as a staff physician in several Louisville-area hospitals. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as the American Heart Association.

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