December 8, 2023 • The Plaza • New York, NY

Featuring The Pulse-Setter Awards
Master of Ceremonies Matt Iseman Emmy Award-Winning TV Host and Comedian

The Annual Pulse of the City Gala®

Heart disease remains the number-one cause of death globally and affects millions around the world. The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to interventional cardiology innovation, research, and education. For more than 30 years, we have been helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people with heart and vascular disease. Our signature scientific symposium is Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world's premier meeting in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

Our annual fundraiser has become a hallmark event of the holiday season, drawing hundreds of luminaries in cardiovascular medicine and other medical disciplines, as well as high-ranking leaders in government, business, and the community who are passionate about improving treatment for patients with heart and vascular disease. Funds raised at The Pulse of the City Gala® allow CRF to pursue innovative areas of research, train tomorrow's physician leaders, and educate the medical community and public about heart health.

In 2022, CRF inaugurated the Pulse-Setter Awards to shine a spotlight on unique individuals and programs who are using innovation to make a positive impact on health care. The evening honored those whose passion and commitment to patients address unmet needs and improve access to health care.

With your help, we can significantly reduce the worldwide health and economic burden of heart disease.


2022 Pulse-Setter Award Winners

In 2022, CRF inaugurated the Pulse-Setter Awards, presented to a program or individual whose passion and commitment to patients address unmet needs and improve access to health care. On December 9, 2022 hundreds of attendees gathered at The Plaza in New York to honor the award winners and their extraordinary achievements and exceptional contributions to medicine. The evening featured an inspiring program led by Master of Ceremonies Matt Iseman, an Emmy Award-winning TV host and comedian, as well as tributes by Drs. Juan Granada, Ajay Kirtane, and Sahil Parikh.

Roxana Mehran

Roxana Mehran, MD

on behalf of Women As One

For demonstrating a commitment to fostering greater equity, diversity, and inclusion through mentoring and broadening the talent pool in health care settings.

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Roxana Mehran, MD

on behalf of Women As One

Dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women in medicine, Women As One was co-founded by Dr. Roxana Mehran to build a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workforce in medicine. Dr. Mehran is a professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiovascular research and clinical trials at The Zena and Michael A. Weiner Cardiovascular Institute at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York. She works tirelessly to help advance the careers of female interventional cardiologists.

Foluso Fakorede

Foluso Fakorede, MD

For demonstrating leadership, effecting positive change, adopting innovative methods to improve access to care, or making an exceptional impact on health care delivery and patient quality of life.

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Foluso Fakorede, MD

A leading voice in the effort to reduce health disparities, Dr. Foluso Fakorede practices interventional cardiology in central Mississippi. Through his passionate advocacy to improve access to quality care and his groundbreaking work on peripheral arterial disease, he has reduced amputations by 88% over a three-year period in the Mississippi Delta.

Samuel Conaway

Samuel Conaway

For an exceptional leader who demonstrates unwavering commitment to perform at an elevated standard of excellence.

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Samuel Conaway

Over the course of his career, Samuel Conaway has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to health access and equity. Starting as a cardiovascular technologist more than 30 years ago, he leveraged his cath-lab experience to become a passionate leader in the medical device industry. He is a member of Boston Scientific’s executive leadership team, where he provides strategic direction for the interventional cardiology division, and is chairman of Close the Gap, a health equity program.

Doug Evans

Doug Evans

on behalf of Lungpacer Medical

Awarded to a program that creates innovative uses for emerging technologies.

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Doug Evans

on behalf of Lungpacer Medical

Lungpacer Medical is pioneering a diaphragm pacing therapy system to help critically ill and mechanically ventilated patients return to natural breathing more quickly by improving diaphragm strength and lung function. A professional engineer, Doug is president and chief executive officer of Lungpacer Medical Inc. and is a serial innovator of first-of-kind products.

Support the Gala

Thank you for your interest in supporting our signature fundraiser. Proceeds benefit CRF's medical research and educational programs. Your contribution will make a significant difference in the care of people with heart disease by allowing us to pursue innovative areas of research, train tomorrow's physician leaders, and educate the medical community and the public about heart health. We are deeply grateful for your support.

Reserve a table or purchase tickets using the online form below.

You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation today to CRF – whether you are able to attend the gala or not.



CRF offers several underwriting opportunities for the gala. To learn how you can become a sponsor, contact Irma Damhuis at 646-434-4690 or

Premier ($55,000) Includes an exclusive VIP cocktail reception, premier seating for 10, special recognition during program, recognition on digital signage, digital advertisement, and logo on CRF’s Gala website

Leadership ($35,000) Includes one table for 10 with premium seating, special thanks announcement during program, recognition on digital signage, digital advertisement, and logo on CRF’s Gala website.

Benefactor ($30,000) Includes seating for 10 and recognition on digital signage.



Patron ($2,500)Includes preferred seating for one person and recognition on digital signage.

Individual ($1,500)Includes seating for one person.

Fellows Please contact us for more information on special pricing.



Digital Advertisement ($3,500)Please contact Judy Romero at 646-434-4608 or

Past Honorees

About CRF


For over 30 years, CRF has been dedicated to helping doctors improve the survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease.

No other organization combines cutting-edge preclinical and clinical research with exceptional medical education to achieve one practical goal: to get better therapies into doctors' hands quickly. By covering all aspects of the research continuum, we're able to accelerate the speed that breakthrough therapies reach patients through doctors, so patients everywhere can live longer, healthier lives.

We need your help to accelerate our efforts so that more people can benefit from the medical advances being made each day. Together, we can give millions of people around the world hope for a brighter, healthier future.



Cardiovascular Research Foundation


Juan F. Granada, MD


Alexandre Abizaid, MD, PhD
Andrea Abizaid, MD, PhD
Ziad A. Ali, MD, DPhil
Daniel Burkhoff, MD, PhD
David J. Cohen, MD, MSc
Michael B. Collins, MD
George D. Dangas, MD, PhD
Anthony N. DeMaria, MD
Jose M. Dizon, MD
Philippe Généreux, MD
Isaac George, MD
Juan F. Granada, MD
Rebecca T. Hahn, MD
Allen Jeremias, MD, MSc
Nisha Jhalani, MD
Greg L. Kaluza MD, PhD
Dimitrios Karmpaliotis, MD, PhD
Omar K. Khalique, MD
Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM
Susheel Kodali, MD
Ioanna Kosmidou, MD, PhD
Nicholas J. Lembo, MD
Martin B. Leon, MD
Akiko Maehara, MD
Roxana Mehran, MD
Gary S. Mintz, MD
Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
Tamim M. Nazif, MD
Manish A. Parikh, MD
Sahil A. Parikh, MD
LeRoy E. Rabbani, MD
Robert J. Sommer, MD
Torsten P. Vahl, MD
Giora Weisz, MD
Geng-Hua Yi, MD

Board of Directors

Eric B. Woldenberg, Esq - Chairman

Joseph G. Beck
Colette Y. Gardner
Juan F. Granada, MD
William A. Himmelsbach, MPH, FACHE
Steven Hochberg
Karen G. Krasney, JD
Teresa Leste
Frank Litvack, MD
Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
Eric A. Rose, MD
Marvin L. Woodall