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GRA, MCG Foundation establish Eminent Scholar Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine

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Augusta, Ga. – Dr. Neal L. Weintraub, a cardiologist, federally-funded researcher, and biotech entrepreneur, has been named an Eminent Scholar of the Georgia Research Alliance.

The GRA Eminent Scholar® position is in association with the Herbert S. Kupperman Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Science.

“We are so appreciative that our colleagues at the GRA and the MCG Foundation have worked closely to maximize the donation and the intent of the Kupperman family to address this major health issue in our state and nation and, ultimately, to provide better care for patients,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean. The GRA Eminent Scholar post honors the late 1946 MCG graduate as it supports better understanding and treatment of the number one cause of death in Georgia and the United States, Buckley said.

“As the leading cause of death in America, research and discovery of cardiovascular disease is in great need,” said C. Michael Cassidy, President and CEO of the GRA. “I am proud to welcome Neal Weintraub back to Georgia and we look forward to his continuation of research and clinical advancements.”

“We are extremely pleased to join with the GRA to fight cardiovascular disease and, as is always our purpose, to support the state’s public medical school,” said Dr. James B. Osborne, President and CEO of the MCG Foundation.

Weintraub, Associate Director of MCG’s Vascular Biology Center, comes to MCG from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He will work to strengthen collaborations between basic scientists and the physicians who treat cardiovascular disease with a goal of generating clinical trials that advance patient care in Georgia and beyond. His clinical and research expertise includes vascular biology and physiology, inflammation, ischemia/reperfusion injury, aortic disease and heart failure. He also works to increase public awareness of heart conditions such as aortic dissection, a potentially lethal tear in the largest blood vessel in the body, which drew attention when it killed actor John Ritter a decade ago.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu

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