Make a Gift: You can help UM Researchers and Caregivers defeat our Nation’s #1 Killer – Cardiovascular Disease
Your place on our team
There is a long way to go in realizing the vision of the U-M Cardiovascular Center.
The speed of that journey will be largely fueled by the generosity of those who understand the devastating impact of cardiovascular disease and who seek to improve the lives of people now and into the future.
Your gift to the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center will help power a mighty engine of discovery and quality improvement. By supporting our team and creating an environment where we can put our collective ingenuity to work, you can help shape the future of cardiovascular care at U-M and beyond.
If you do not feel comfortable giving online or have questions regarding specific programs and research, please contact a member of our development staff.
Where your gift is needed
Research Centers of Excellence
To speed the transfer of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside, the U-M CVC has established research centers of excellence. These centers are integrated with clinical programs that attract patients to our doors from around the country and around the world. From the tiniest infant hearts to the largest blood vessel in the body, and from genetic vulnerability to the electrical signals that keep the heart beating, our research spans the breadth of cardiovascular disease –and promises to help patients now and into the future.
- Adult Congenital Heart -The University of Michigan Adult Congenital Program is a comprehensive, full-service program with extensive experience in congenital heart imaging, electrophysiology, interventional catheterization, and cardiac surgery. Read More.
- Multidisciplinary Aortic Program - UM-MAP is uniquely poised to be the premier leader in the world in the treatment of aortic diseases. Our physicians represent a collective group of outstanding investigators, teachers and clinicians – recognized as some of the best in the world by their peers.
- Center for Arrhythmia Research - At the Center for Arrhythmia Research, scientists and physicians from a variety of disciplines work together to develop new methods of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases, with the primary goal of preventing premature cardiac death. Read more.
- Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program - The Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program serves patients with mild to severe forms of chronic heart failure, those whose lives are threatened by acute heart failure, and those who are candidates for or recipients of a heart transplant as a result of any form of heart failure. The Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program is recognized as one of the best in the world and the largest in the country for use of ventricular assist devices (VAD).
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopahty (HCM) affects about 1 in 500 people worldwide. Some who have the disease may never know they have it, or only experience mild symptoms, but it can also kill without warning. HCM is the most common cause of death when teenaged athletes collapse and die on the playing field. Read More
The goal of Michigan Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Reporting Program (M-CORRP) is to improve the quality of cardiovascular care at the University of Michigan Health System, in the State of Michigan, and throughout the United States and world. This will be accomplished by studying common cardiovascular conditions and procedures among large populations; developing modern mathematical tools to access risks and outcomes; promoting evidence-based care models which incorporate best science into care itself by targeting physicians, nurses, and patients. Read More
- Peripheral Arterial Disease - Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a chronic condition in which arteries that supply blood to the legs become blocked by a buildup of plaque. The U-M Multidisciplinary Peripheral Arterial Disease Program at the CVC is well equipped with every tool and device for treating this condition. A strong team of experts from Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Vascular Medicine, Vascular Surgery and wound care offer patient-centered care in a collaborative manner; not only to treat PAD, prevent disability and improve quality of life, but to decrease overall risk of heart disease, stroke and death. Read more.
- Stroke Program - Caring for a stroke begins with early diagnosis and treatment, but it doesn't end there. At the University of Michigan Comprehensive Stroke Program, we have integrated the best resources, experts, research and services from multiple medical fields into one comprehensive program for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Read more.
- Venous Disease Management - The Venous Health Program at the U-M Cardiovascular Center offers a single resource for the treatment of venous disease. The program brings together established and experienced vascular surgeons, vascular medicine specialists, interventional radiologists, and nurse practitioners to provide collaborative, multidisciplinary care in one central location. Read more.
Professorships and scholarships
The University of Michigan Health System is committed to providing the finest training and education to our residents and fellows, and to recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers and researchers. The training we provide is the basis for developing the physicians, researchers and treatments of the future, and is integral to our mission for excellence in patient care.
Recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers and researchers benefits our patients, residents, fellows and programs. Often this is done through endowed professorships, which can both honor past faculty and protect research time for future faculty. Private donors can have a significant impact on a school or program by making an endowed gift to a professorship, which results in a prominent and permanent investment in the institution.
Your gift to support educational efforts will make you a partner in the training of future physicians and researchers and will help to continue the legacy of the University of Michigan as the preeminent place among America's great institutions of medicine.
- Edward L. Bove, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Cardiac Surgery
Considered one of the world’s outstanding pediatric cardiac surgeons, Dr. Edward L. Bove has brought international recognition to the University of Michigan for his groundbreaking work with congenital heart defects. Over the course of his tenure at U-M, Dr. Bove and his team have made the Congenital Heart Center one of the busiest pediatric heart programs in the U.S. and the largest in the state of Michigan. Dr. Bove has played a role in training hundreds of surgeons in the delicate procedures that correct heart defects in newborns. Those surgeons have gone on to play leadership roles in top hospitals around the country and around the world, giving even more families access to the very best surgical outcomes for their babies, and reinforcing Michigan’s reputation as a global leader in congenital heart surgery.
The Edward L. Bove, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Cardiac Surgery is a way to honor this remarkable person and ensure his legacy lives forever. In addition, this professorship will provide an opportunity to attract and retain top talent and to create an ongoing investment in our ever-expanding knowledge of the causes of congenital heart defects and how to correct them.
Bove Professorship website
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James C. Stanley, M.D. Professorship in Vascular Surgery
For more than thirty years, as an instructor, and leader in the U-M Medical School, James Stanley has mentored an extraordinary number of medical students and physicians in the pursuit of excellence in their careers. Dr. Stanley’s own expertise as a surgeon has brought him much accomplishment – from authoring over 300 scientific articles to being recognized with a Vascular Disease Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health, only one of three surgeons to ever receive this honor.
This endowed professorship will ensure that the University of Michigan can continue to attract and retain the Nation’s premier vascular surgeons, educators, and investigators, thus continuing forever the Stanley legacy of excellence.
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Melvyn Rubenfire, M.D. Professorship in Preventive Cardiology
Throughout his career, Dr. Rubenfire has helped to implement numerous recognized novel clinical and research programs. During his tenure at U-M, he has developed many unique patient-care and research efforts including: Preventive Cardiology Services, Patient Support and Education Programs, Pulmonary Hypertension Program and The Vascular Endothelial Function Research Laboratory.
In addition to honoring Dr. Rubenfire’s legacy, this professorship will provide ongoing financial support that will allow a U-M faculty member to focus on the development of Preventive Cardiology programs, clinical care, research and education.
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John R. Pfeifer, M.D. Collegiate Professorship in Vascular Surgery
In 2000, Dr. Pfeifer joined the University as Professor of Surgery and Founding Director of the new Division of Venous Disease, bringing with him his vast experience in all areas of venous disease. This was the first academic venous disease division in the United States.
In his time here at Michigan, Dr. Pfeifer had a significant impact on this department and the U-M Medical School. This endowed fund will ensure that his legacy continues in perpetuity by benefitting young faculty members such as those he so enjoyed training.
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- The Joe D. Morris, M.D. Collegiate Professorship
Joe Morris was a pioneering surgeon and contributed greatly to innovations in cardiac surgery instrumentation. He was professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan from 1968-1985 and head of Thoracic Surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital from 1971-1985.
This Professorship will fund a faculty position in the Section of Cardiac Surgery in the name of the late Dr. Morris.
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- The Richard and Nancy Judge Tutorship
Dick and Nancy Judge have dedicated their lives to creating a better tomorrow for others through education. Their passionate dedication to education has touched the lives of so many students who now are working worldwide.
The Richard and Nancy Judge Clinical Tutorship for Education in Cardiovascular Medicine will permanently honor the Judges’ lifetime contributions to education, clinical practice, and community service. The Clinical Tutorship will be a three-year competitive award for a faculty member in clinical cardiology who wishes to devote more time to the practice of teaching and learning.
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Kim A. Eagle, M.D. Professorship and Endowed Research Fund in Cardiovascular Medicine
As a physician, Kim Eagle’s reputation for melding state-of-the-science treatment methods with compassionate care is unsurpassed. His groundbreaking efforts in outcomes research have improved the quality and cost effectiveness of cardiovascular care delivered around the globe. And without his passion and leadership, the U-M Cardiovascular Center – ranked among the top 20 U.S. hospitals for heart, vascular and stroke care – would never have come to fruition.
Kim Eagle truly exemplifies Michigan’s credo of “leaders and best.” The Kim A. Eagle Professorship and endowed Research Fund in Cardiovascular Medicine represents an opportunity to make a truly unique “Michigan Difference.”
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The Eric R. Bates, M.D. Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine
Eric Bates is part of one of the largest legacy families ever associated with the University – more than 50 members of The Bates extended family have graduated from U-M. For Dr. Bates the decision to study, teach, research and practice medicine here was not motivated solely by tradition, but by the realization that to be the best, one must associate with the best. In medicine, that means Michigan.
Eric Bates is one of Michigan’s most talented and passionate teachers. Inspired by his example, the faculty members named to this professorship will share that love of teaching, passing on the same high standards of skill, knowledge and compassion to the next generation of cardiac experts.
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Clinical Building Amenities
The goal of the CVC building design is to create a sense of comfort and healing for our patients, families, visitors and staff. Your gifts for artwork, landscaping or music therapy can help us to continue to provide an environment that promotes healing from the moment one enters the building.
Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Research Fund
The late Glenn E. “Bo” Schembechler put his heart into everything he pursued. Whether it was on the football field or in his personal battle against cardiovascular disease, he was passionate about winning.
With the help of Bo and Cathy Schembechler, the Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Research Fund was established in September 2006. The fund honors Bo’s decades-long battle against cardiovascular disease and his dedication to fighting it.
What the Fund Supports
The Heart of a Champion Research Fund specifically targets investment in research activities of U-M faculty who are pushing the boundaries of current thought in prevention, diagnosis and therapy of cardiovascular disease.
In only a few short years, the fund has stimulated groundbreaking research:
Adam Stein, M.D. – a clinical lecturer in cardiovascular medicine, has found that epigenetics – the study of factors in addition to DNA that can be inherited and can impact cellular appearance and function – in providing answer to how the heart ages and how it responds to disease. His lab is working to determine whether changing specific epigenetic markers may be able to improve heart function.
Oliver D. Klipfgans, Ph.D – a research assistant professor of radiology, is investigating a non-invasive approach for estimating cardiac output: a 3-dimensional ultrasound method that can be used to measure blood volume flow in a wide variety of clinical applications, including estimation of cardiac output in adult, pediatric and prenatal patients. His work is advancing the study of the one organ that is in constant motion – the heart.
A Goal Within Reach
One in three American adults has some form of cardiovascular disease, and as one of those affected, Bo waged a personal fight against the nation’s No. 1 health issue: cardiovascular disease.
Bo recognized that scientific advances allowed him to realize significant improvements in both quality of life and longevity. With your help, the University of Michigan can continue the advances made by Drs. Stein and Kripfgans and others, and further honor Bo’s legacy.
>Purchase Heart of Champion Book online. Bo's way of sharing his game plan to fight our nation's #1 killer—cardiovascular disease—and to inspire others fighting for their lives to win. Bo's cardiologist, Dr. Kim Eagle, gives the reader a practical and informative overview of numerous health problems and how to fight them. Bo's friends and colleagues provide an intimate perspective on his life—on and off the field—and the University of Michigan program he loved so dearly.
Owens Creek: Cardiolive Oil Project
The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center is proud to announce the launch of The Hewlett Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Research Fund and the Cardiolive Oil Project. These initiatives represent a special partnership between the Cardiovascular Center, Owens Creek Company and Zingerman’s in an effort to support preventive cardiovascular research through the sale of premium artisanal olive oil. See website for more information
Project Healthy Schools
Americans are faced with a national epidemic of obesity which often starts in childhood. The poor lifestyle habits developed by our children are resulting in significant increases in chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease.
Project Healthy Schools (PHS) is a community-university collaborative that provides school-based programming to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks.
PHS works with middle-school students to create fun, interactive activities that incorporate the five simple goals of the project:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Make better beverage choices, reducing high-sugar items
- Perform at least 150 minutes of exercise each week
- Eat less fast and fatty food
- Spend less mindless time in front of the TV and computer
My Heart Your Heart
Project My Heart Your Heart is a joint collaboration between citizens, physicians, and funeral directors in the state of Michigan, the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. The purpose of the project is to create a central organization which obtains pacemakers post-mortem and creates a distribution network for safe reuse. The Komfo Anokye Hospital will be a primary recipient of numerous devices as many citizens in Ghana have no access to electrophysiologic healthcare. Collaborations with the University of Pennsylvania, World Medical Relief inc, and the Department of Public Health are further enhancing the impact we will have on global healthcare.
Martin Spoor CVICU Nursing Education
This memorial fund was established in memory of Martin Spoor, M.D., a cardiac surgeon and U-M faculty member who tragically lost his life in the June 2007 crash of a UM Survival Flight. The Martin Spoor CVICU RN Scholarship will honor a CVC ICU nurse with a $500 scholarship, based on a poster presentation at the National Nursing Conference. The long-term goal of the scholarship is to honor two nurses annually with a $1,000 scholarship.
Gifts in memory of / Gifts in Honor of
A memorial gift is a thoughtful way to mark a special occasion or to honor the memory of a relative or friend. To make a memorial gift, Please click the link below. Indicate the name of the person in who’s memory or honor you are making the gift in the space provided The person honored (or their next of kin) will be notified of your kindness