The American Heart Association’s new President, Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, is a champion advocate for research. Since beginning his term in July, he has worked to define necessary approaches to meet AHA’s mission to prevent heart disease and stroke and believes the association can lead the way in advocating for increased funding for biomedical research in order to discover new prevention and treatment techniques.
Dr. Tomaselli’s interests in cardiology and heart disease prevention began in 1985, when shortly after completing his residency at the University of California at San Francisco, he learned that his mother had gone into cardiac arrest. Thankfully, she survived, and the doctor became invested in the field, eventually rising to the Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Through his work at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Tomaselli has seen some of the most severe cases of heart disease and uses that as his motivation to continue AHA’s work toward promoting healthy lifestyles for all Americans. He shares his personal experiences to stress the importance of investing in research to find new preventative measures and treatments to our nation’s decision-makers too.
In addition to being a champion for research funding, Dr. Tomaselli believes it is essential to create a national coordinated plan to reduce the national daily recommended allowance of sodium to 1,500 milligrams and continue to promote the importance of increasing physical education in schools. By working to meet these ambitious goals, he believes advocates can truly make an impact in the advancement of cardiovascular medicine and give more Americans the necessary tools to create a heart-healthy life.
This summer, Dr. Tomaselli participated in a Washington, DC press event to discuss the challenges Americans face in living healthier lives. Listen to what he has to say about the need for individuals, communities and policymakers to share the responsibility for preventing heart disease.