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Health Advocate Irene Pollin donates $10 million to Johns Hopkins heart disease center

Gift will establish the Kenneth Jay Pollin Professorship in Cardiology and support research
Posted June 14, 2013
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Irene Pollin, a passionate health advocate and founder of a national organization devoted to heart disease prevention in women, has made a $10 million gift to the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins. Her donation will establish the Kenneth Jay Pollin Professorship in Cardiology and will launch pivotal research on heart disease prevention.

Pollin lost two children because of congenital heart defects. Her son, Kenneth, died when he was 13 months old. It is in his honor that the endowed professorship has been named. Her daughter, Linda, died at age 16. Those experiences led Pollin, a psychotherapist with a master's degree in social work, to become a health advocate focused on the importance of heart health.

Roger S. Blumenthal, A&S '81, a professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will be installed as the inaugural Pollin Professor of Cardiology on June 14, 2013. Dr. Blumenthal's research focuses on the development of new strategies to optimize the management of cardiovascular disease risk factors. He also serves as an official national spokesperson for the American Heart Association.