EAST RUTHERFORD – Over 200 local business executives, healthcare leaders, philanthropists and friends are gathering for a special evening at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford to honor local community leaders and physicians while helping to raise vital funds to support cardiovascular research at the annual American Heart Association’s Affair of the Heart Ball.
The American Heart Association will honor John Brown, III, MD, Chief Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates and Grant VS.S. Parr, MD, FACC, FACS, FCCP, FRSM, Thoracic Surgeon and Physician-in-Chief of the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital, with the Harvey E. Nussbaum Distinguished Service Award for their dedicated commitment to cardiovascular health and wellness in the New Jersey community.
Tedd J. Kochman, Esq., a Shareholder at the labor/employment law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. and the 2012 Chair of the Affair of the Heart Ball said, “Dr. Brown and Dr. Parr have been outstanding leaders in the field of cardiovascular health and it is a sincere and great pleasure to honor them at this year’s American Heart Association’s Affair of the Heart Ball.”
Kochman also commented that, “This year we are celebrating 15 years of funding research, finding answers and saving lives and these two men are perfect examples of how the money raised at events like the Affair of the Heart Ball directly benefit and save lives in the local community.”
Dr. Brown’s professional expertise includes all aspects of adult cardiac surgery but he has a special interest in minimally invasive valvular heart techniques. He has also helped to found and develop the Cardiac Classroom at the Liberty Science Center.
In 1988, Dr. Parr started the Cardiac Surgery Program at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Under his guidance, the program has grown to become the largest in New Jersey and the second largest in the New York Tri-State region and it has achieved national and international recognition.
“The award presented to Drs. Brown and Parr represent our sincere gratitude for their ongoing dedication and support in the achievement of the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” added Kochman.
The evening will include an eloquent cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and educational program as well as music and dancing.
The Affair of the Heart Ball is sponsored by Jersey City Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, ADP, Barnabas Health, Goldman Sachs, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Aetna Foundation, HD Smith, Lexus of Englewood, Littler Mendelson, P.C., Ogilvy Common Health Worldwide.
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