The University of Chicago Medicine Collaborates with HeartValveSurgery.com to Educate Patients with Heart Valve Disease

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Renowned Cardiac Program and Leading Patient Advocacy Website Join Forces To Raise Awareness To Heart Valve Disease

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam - Heart Surgeon at University of Chicago Medicine

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Chief of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

The educational and social initiatives of HeartValveSurgery.com are having a transformative effect on patients around the world,” notes Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam.

HeartValveSurgery.com, the largest online resource and community of patients with heart valve disease, announced today that the University of Chicago Medicine, which currently holds the third position in the U.S. News & World Reports rankings of cardiology and heart surgery hospitals in Illinois, has become its newest sponsor.

“The University of Chicago Medicine is known for expertise in difficult cardiac cases that often include complex valvular surgery,” stated Adam Pick, founder of HeartValveSurgery.com and a former patient. “We are honored to have Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Chief of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, and Dr. Mark Russo, Co-Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases, join our growing surgeon team.”

In addition to having an extensive cardiac research center funded by the National Institutes of Health, the University of Chicago Medicine is a destination for robotic and minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement surgery -- including transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

“The educational and social initiatives of HeartValveSurgery.com are having a transformative effect on patients around the world,” notes Dr. Jeevanandam, who has performed over 5,000 cardiac procedures. “Patients need this type of information to support them through the surgical process – from diagnosis to recovery.”

HeartValveSurgery.com offers patients a trusted, end-to-end platform for learning about heart valve repair and heart valve replacement surgery. The platform includes a social network, a surgeon finder, a cardiac clinic directory, a blog, a book and educational videos.

During 2011, HeartValveSurgery.com received 1.2 million visits while expanding its online library to over 10,000 pages of free information.

About HeartValveSurgery.com
Founded by Adam Pick in 2006, HeartValveSurgery.com has helped millions of patients and their caregivers better understand the realities of heart valve disease (including mitral valve regurgitation and aortic stenosis) and heart valve treatment (including aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair) from the patient perspective.

About The University of Chicago Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when we opened our doors to the first patients. Located in historic Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, the medical campus includes Comer Children’s Hospital, Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital for adult inpatient care, Chicago Lying-in Hospital, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine. The University of Chicago Medicine also has outpatient locations throughout the Chicago area.

UChicago Medicine physicians are members of the University of Chicago Physicians Group, which includes more than 700 physicians and covers a full array of medical and surgical specialties. Our physicians are faculty members of the Pritzker School of Medicine.

These organizations are headed by Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine, and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago.

Contact HeartValveSurgery.com:
Robyn Podell, Director of Communications
(310) 721-0587
robyn(at)heartvalvesurgery(dot)com

Contact The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-1000

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