March 14, 2006

Vice President’s $2.7 million Gift Creates New Cardiovascular Institute

The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) and School of Medicine and Health Sciences announced a $2.7 million donation from Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Lynne V. Cheney for the creation of the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute.

“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 Vice President Cheney.

The new multi-disciplinary institute will advance research, education, and the clinical care of patients at GW with cardiovascular diseases. It will comprise clinicians and scientists in the departments of cardiology, radiology, cardiovascular surgery, biochemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacology, among others.

“The MFA is deeply appreciative of this generous gift from the 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 the MFA.

“We are honored that they trust in our excellent physicians here at the MFA,” added Stephen L. Badger, chief executive officer of the MFA.

One of the institute’s first initiatives will be identifying the significance of genomics and proteonomics in cardiovascular disease.

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