The Dr. Kerry J. Kaplan Chair
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women and accounts for 40% of all deaths – more than all forms of cancer combined. And, a person with a family history of heart disease is ten times more likely to suffer from cardio vascular disease early in life. To overcome the rising statistics in the Tampa Bay area, Morton Plant Mease Foundation is seeking $1 million in community support to fund the Dr. Kerry J. Kaplan Chair to maintain cardiac excellence for the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.
Facts on the Dr. Kerry J. Kaplan Chair:
- Kerry J. Kaplan, M.D., FACC is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and is a founding member of the Heart & Vascular Institute of Florida. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Northwestern University Medical Center.
- Dr. Kaplan served as President of the Mease Hospital Medical Staff, served on the Board of Trustees for Morton Plant Mease and the Foundation, received the 2004 Excellence in Medicine award and is currently on the Physicians Advisory Council.
- Dr. Kaplan actively participates in ongoing clinical research to provide patients with new medical therapies to transform the current standards of care – all in an effort to provide his patients with better outcomes and more rapid recoveries.
- Mease Countryside Hospital's cardiovascular services provide an emergency cardiac center specializing in treating patients experiencing the most critical type of heart attack—an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and expanded its cardiac care services to include elective angioplasty.