Big-Hearted Man Makes Big Impact
Over the years, Maurice Kanbar has pledged more than $10 million to the Kanbar Cardiac Center at CPMC. The facility, which draws patients from around the world, is considered one of the best heart and cardiovascular services in the country. Thanks in part to his gifts, here patients can receive a wide range of care including heart catheterization and cardiac interventional procedures, in addition to cardiac electrophysiology.
Kanbar is known for his philanthropic investments in the arts, education and health care, but in this case he has a very personal reason for giving so generously. “Both my parents died of heart failure,” he says. “So to me, if we can make some progress in solving the problem of heart failure, or if we can find ways of reducing the chances of it, I’d be very happy.”
One specific example of where great progress is being made is electrophysiology. Led by the internationally renowned Andrea Natale, M.D., FACC, CPMC’s team performs more than 700 complex ablations a year. The procedure, which involves threading an electrode catheter into the heart via a vein in the leg or neck, can correct irregular heartbeats and help prevent stroke or heart failure. With one of the highest success rates in the country, numerous physicians from across the U.S., Europe and Asia visit the Kanbar Center every month to learn our team’s techniques.