2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Dr. Kelley Han
On July 13, 2018, The Jon DeHaan Foundation presented Dr. Kelly Han, Director of Advanced Congenital Cardiac Imaging at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Children’s Heart Clinic at Minnesota Children’s Hospital, with the first Award for Innovation in Cardiology. Dr. Han was recognized for her outstanding contributions to improving both safety and quality of imaging congenital heart disease (CHD) in adults, children, and infants. She has also made significant contributions to treating and caring for adult women with congenital heart disease who either want to become pregnant or have become pregnant and have special considerations due to their impaired cardiac status. Dr. Robert Schwartz, President of the Jon DeHaan Foundation, presented the $200,000 award to Dr. Han at the annual Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) conference in Dallas, Texas.
TCT SHARK TANK
On September 24, 2018, The Jon DeHaan Foundation presented the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) with $200,000 in support of its TCT 2018 Shark Tank competition. TCT Shark Tank is an opportunity for companies working in cardiovascular medicine to pitch their novel technologies to clinicians and industry leaders.
Aria CV, Inc. out of St. Paul, MN, was chosen the winner of the competition. This company is developing a permanently implantable medical balloon that will regulate blood pressure in the artery just outside of the heart. The device is designed to reduce the workload on the heart and increase blood flow which will ultimately increase exercise capacity for the patient thereby improving his/her quality of life.
Says Dr. Schwartz, "The DeHaan Foundation is firmly committed to its major mission in supporting cardiovascular disease innovation in many forms. The partnership with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and TCT is an ideal collaboration to further this goal.”