NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College have announced a $20 million gift from hedge fund billionaire Raymond T. Dalio in support of a new institute dedicated to cardiovascular imaging.
Made through the Dalio Foundation, the gift will establish the Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging, which will employ a multidisciplinary, multi-modality approach to the detection and treatment of heart disease in at-risk individuals. In addition to state-of-the-art tools such as MRI, CT, and PET scanners, the institute will focus on developing novel next-generation technologies and diagnostic tests.
Dr. James K. Min, an expert in cardiovascular imaging and a physician-scientist who has led several large multi-center clinical trials, will direct the institute. Min joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was director of cardiac imaging research and co-director of cardiac imaging.
"More than half of people who die from sudden heart attacks never knew they were at risk because their underlying heart conditions had never been diagnosed," Min said. "Many heart attacks can be prevented if people know of the extent and severity of their asymptomatic heart disease and are properly treated. By bringing together a multidisciplinary group of experts, the Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging will not just offer the latest imaging techniques for early detection, but will also develop disruptive technologies to fight the battle against heart disease. Ultimately, these pioneering methods aim to challenge current clinical paradigms in order to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease."