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American Heart Association honors dean with Pulse of Toledo Award

Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and executive vice president for clinical affairs, recently was honored with the American Heart Association’s Pulse of Toledo Award at the 2017 Toledo Heart Ball.  

“Based on Dr. Cooper’s substantial impact on cardiovascular science, prevention and care over many years, the Executive Leadership Team of the 2017 Heart Ball nominated Dr. Cooper for the Pulse of Toledo recognition and award,” according to a statement from the American Heart Association of Northwest Ohio. “Dr. Cooper’s reach and impact has gone well beyond the city of Toledo, the state of Ohio, and throughout the world of cardiovascular care. Celebrating his impact and recognizing one of the predominate leaders in community health was a cornerstone of the 2017 Heart Ball.”

Dr. Christopher Cooper, flanked by Dr. Laura Murphy, assistant professor of medicine, left, and Nicole Hollingsworth, women’s golf coach, received the American Heart Association’s Pulse of Toledo Award at the 2017 Toledo Heart Ball. 

This marked the 20th year for this event, which brings together people from all over the community in an evening that celebrates the work and mission of the American Heart Association.

“I am humbled to have been honored with this award from the American Heart Association,” Cooper said. “I have personally seen the impact of the work the American Heart Association has done, one of my first grants was a local American Heart Association award that was critically important for my academic development. The support that the American Heart Association gives to early career investigators is so important for many of our faculty.”

According to the American Heart Association, the Heart Ball celebrates “donors and volunteers; and — most important — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts.”

Contributions received at the Toledo Heart Ball help support cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts.