American Heart Association honors Michigan Medicine physicians at 2018 Heart Ball Awards

November 12, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

L-R: Robert Neumar, M.D., Ph.D.; Robert Bartlett, M.D.; Y. Eugene Chen, M.D., Ph.D., who accepted on behalf of Bo Yang, M.D.; Paul Tang, Ph.D.

For more than 90 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) has been a forerunner in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Fundamental to the AHA’s mission of “building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” is scientific research.

To honor those individuals making advancements in science and innovation, the AHA hosted its annual Ann Arbor-Jackson Heart Ball last month at the Jack Roth Stadium Club.

Michigan Medicine was a presenting sponsor and Robert Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Michigan Medicine, served as chair of the event. As chair, Neumar has been a major proponent of raising awareness of hands-only CPR.

This year, two of Michigan Medicine’s own were honored at the Heart Ball: Robert Bartlett, M.D. and Bo Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert Bartlett, M.D.

Presented to an “exemplary health care professional for their lifetime accomplishments, guidance and contributions to the field of cardiovascular health,” Bartlett was this year’s recipient of the Coeur D’Or (Heart of Gold) Award for Excellence.

Professor emeritus in the Section of General Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Bartlett continues to be active in the lab and doing clinical research. As noted by Tom Wakefield, M.D., Stanley Professor of Vascular Surgery, “It is not an exaggeration to state that he [Dr. Bartlett] has developed the whole field of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as ECMO.”

Bo Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

The Sarns Innovative Excellence Award was presented to Yang, for his “courage to take on the unknown in search of new answers, better solutions and resources significantly impacting our ability to live longer, healthier lives.”

With clinical expertise in complex aortic surgical procedures, Yang has long been recognized for his work with aortic aneurysms and dissections in patients with Marfan Syndrome, Loyes-Dietz Syndrome, bicuspid aortic valves and other rare genetic mutations. With research that focuses on induced pluripotent stem cells to model thoracic aortic aneurysms, the mechanisms of aneurysm formation and the development of novel therapies to prevent the evolution of aneurysms, Yang’s innovative work is notable for its significant contribution in the field of cardiac surgery.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding physicians!