The UCLA Health System Board convened for its eighth annual meeting on September 10, 2019. The evening was hosted by Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health; Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences; and Henry Gluck, chairman of the UCLA Health System Board. The meeting, themed “Innovations in Cardiology,” informed audience members about how to protect themselves and their family members from heart disease, which claims more lives each year than all cancers combined.
Jane Seymour, award-winning actress, artist, advocate, author and designer, was the special guest speaker, who shared, “My family has been affected by heart disease, which is why I am committed to promoting awareness, healthy lifestyles and other prevention strategies.” Seymour is the artist behind Open Hearts by Jane Seymour, reflecting her mother’s philosophy that only when you keep your heart open can you best give and receive love. In 2010, Seymour founded the Open Hearts Foundation, which is committed to empowering emerging and growing nonprofits.
Also featured were two faculty speakers from the UCLA Division of Cardiology who represent the institution’s commitment to advancing research and patient care. Dr. Linda L. Demer, executive vice chair of medicine, spoke about coronary calcification and innovative imaging techniques that guide treatment and patient care. Dr. Tamer Sallam (PhD ’14, FEL ’14), presented on the new genetic insights into heart disease. At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance enjoyed a reception, where volunteers from the UCLA People-Animal Connection (PAC) program greeted board members and their guests.
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