On October 1, 2009, the UConn Health Center's Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted The Science of Red Wine and Dark Chocolate with the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. Nearly 70 friends, grateful patients, faculty and staff of the Calhoun Cardiology Center were on hand in the Health Center's Henry B.C. Lowe, M.D. Learning Center.
The evening's speakers included Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., vice president for health affairs at the UConn Health Center; Bruce Liang, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center; Pat and Jim Calhoun; Mark Gross, senior vice president of ESPN; and Karl Ravech, host of ESPN's Baseball Tonight (see Mr. Ravech's presentation in the video below). Guests included Dr. Henry Low, renowned cardiac surgeon, who was recognized for his groundbreaking work—including the first heart transplant in the state of Connecticut, and the American Heart Association's Linda Martins and Maureen Mandirola, metro executive director.
Following a reception, attendees heard Coach Calhoun and Mr. Ravech describe their motivational experiences as cardiology patients and their desire to support cardiology programs at the Health Center with their personal philanthropy and leadership. Dr. Liang offered a presentation that discussed the health benefits—and hazards—of red wine and dark chocolate, including an examination of "the French Paradox," the observance of a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease in France, despite the country's diet that is relatively rich in saturated fats.
Mr. Gross concluded the evening with the announcement of a gift from ESPN to support the Calhoun Cardiology Center in honor of Mr. Ravech, who suffered a major heart attack in 1998 at the age of 33, but who has since dramatically changed his lifestyle as a result.
To support the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 860.679.1122 or visit giving.uchc.edu.
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