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Lecture at Texas Health Dallas Welcomes Renowned Cardiologist
03/25/2010

DALLAS — The first lecture at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas funded by a major endowment from the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation was held March 24.

Texas Health Dallas Guest Lecture
From left, guest professor Dr. David Hillis, chair of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Dr. Mark Feldman, chair of internal medicine at Texas Health Dallas, listen to Dr. John Harper discuss advances in heart attack diagnosis and treatment. The three visited after Hillis’ guest lecture, which was funded by a Smith Foundation gift in honor of Harper, director of inpatient cardiovascular services at Texas Health Dallas.
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The Smith Foundation donated $125,000 in honor of Dr. John Harper, a cardiologist at Texas Health Dallas and the hospital's director of inpatient cardiovascular services. The gift is being used to establish the Dr. John Harper Graduate Medical Education Lecture Series, helping to advance knowledge about cardiovascular disease. The generous gift from the Smith Foundation qualifies for Texas Health Resources’ dollar-for-dollar matching program for endowment gifts made toward research and education, increasing the total value of the grateful patient tribute to $250,000.

The first installment of the lecture series featured guest professor Dr. L. David Hillis, chairman of the department of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Hillis discussed the diagnosis and treatment of non-ST elevated acute coronary syndromes, which include certain types of deadly heart attacks. Hillis and local physicians discussed causes of the condition, how to spot it, the best ways to treat it medically and which patients benefit most from surgery.

The endowment gift for the Harper lecture series was one of two major gifts from the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation in honor of Texas Health Dallas physicians.

The Smith Foundation also donated $125,000 to the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation in honor of Dr. Archana Ganaraj, an oncology breast surgeon on the Texas Health Dallas medical staff. That gift also qualifies for Texas Health Resources’ dollar-for-dollar matching program for endowment gifts made toward research and education, increasing the total value of both donations to $500,000.

“Both Dr. Harper and Dr. Ganaraj are legendary at Texas Health Dallas for their clinical expertise,” said Jay McAuley, president of the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “This award speaks to that but also to the compassionate way they care for their patients.”

The Smith Foundation gifts were given through the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation’s Grateful Hearts Honor Your Caregiver program.

The $125,000 gift in honor of Harper is being used to support the graduate medical education lecture series. The gift in honor of Ganaraj will help support high-risk breast cancer research at the hospital. Ganaraj and her team will use the funds to support their ongoing research and gather and analyze data on high-risk breast cancer. The Texas Health Dallas high-risk breast cancer assessment is the only large-scale, high-risk study in the United States. In just under a year, the high-risk team has gathered data for analysis from over 6,000 women.

The Grateful Hearts Honor Your Caregiver program was launched in 2009 and is supported by Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation and Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation. It gives grateful patients an opportunity to take their “thank you” one step farther by giving back to the hospital to support vital programs and services.

For more information on the Grateful Hearts program, contact Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation at 214-345-8442.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation provides support to five Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Plano. Established in 1986, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to improve the health of the communities served. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Presbyterian. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care. For more information about Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation, visit TexasHealth.org/PresbyFoundation.

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