On May 3rd, hundreds of the city’s most prominent philanthropists, physicians and community leaders will come together at the American Heart Association’s Annual Boston Heart Ball to honor Gary J. Balady, MD, Director of Preventative Cardiology and Director of the Non Invasive Cardiovascular Laboratories at Boston Medical Centerand Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Admissions at Boston University School of Medicine with the Paul Dudley White Award. The esteemed Paul Dudley White Award is named in honor of one of Boston’s most revered cardiologists, Dr. Paul Dudley White, founding father of the American Heart Association. This award epitomizes the organization’s most prestigious tribute and has been bestowed annually to a Massachusetts physician for 40 years.
“Dr. Balady has made significant contributions to the American Heart Association and the field of cardiology,” said event co-chair, Lawrence H. Cohn, MD, Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Cardiac Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a past recipient of the Paul Dudley White Award. “We are pleased to be able to recognize his achievements with this year’s Paul Dudley White Award.”
A resident of Wellesley, Dr. Balady is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In 1985, he established the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program at Boston Medical Center, which has since served nearly 4,000 patients. Dr. Balady’s research interests focus on exercise testing and training of cardiac patients, with a particular emphasis on the physiologic changes that occur in the cardiovascular system with regular exercise, as well as assessment of outcomes after cardiac rehabilitation.
Dr. Balady has graciously served the American Heart Association both nationally and locally, for 20 years in various capacities including past Chairman of the American Heart Association’s Council on Clinical Cardiology and past President of the Greater Boston Division and Founders Affiliate boards. He has also either chaired or been a member of several writing groups of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, which generate guidelines regarding exercise testing and training, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Balady serves as an associate editor for the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation and is past Editor in Chief for the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
The Heart Ball is an elegant, black-tie celebration bringing together more than 500 of Boston’s most prominent business, health care and community leaders for an inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. The Heart Ball is the premier social event benefiting the American Heart Association in its mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
This year’s Heart Ball, which aims to raise $1 million to help fight heart disease and stroke, will be co-hosted by Tom Riles, Audience Warm-up Comic for the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Anna O’Donnell, a 12-year-old congenital heart disease survivor. Euro-Pro is the signature sponsor of the Heart Ball. Additional sponsors include; MFS investment Management, Stephanie & David Spina Family Foundation, The Dennis Family, Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Scientific, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners Healthcare, Philips, Steward, The Kraft Group, and Suffolk Construction’s Red & Blue Foundation. For more information, visit http://bostonheartball.ahaevents.org.