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Grateful Patient David Carroll Makes a $1 Million Bequest Pledge to Support the Future of the Advanced Heart Failure Program

May 28, 2021

David Carroll

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that grateful patient David Carroll has made a generous $1 million bequest pledge in support of the Advanced Heart Failure (AHF) program in UMSOM’s Department of Medicine’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. This gift follows an initial five-year pledge of $5,000 made by Mr. Carroll in 2017 for operating support of the program

Through his bequest, the newly established Advanced Heart Failure Fund will support the future efforts of advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and VAD (ventricular assist devices) programs. As an unrestricted gift, the Fund will provide UMSOM’s cardiovascular medicine team with the greatest flexibility to use this support strategically to advance the changing needs of the program.

Erika D. Feller, MDMr. Carroll, who is retired, was originally referred to UMSOM’s Erika D. Feller, MD ’98, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2010. At the time, he was suffering from advanced dilated cardiomyopathy, a worsening heart condition that causes the muscle in the heart’s ventricles to become weakened and unable to pump blood normally, which can lead to heart failure. Dr. Feller determined that Mr. Carroll required a heart transplant.

Bartley P. Griffith, MDWhile on the transplant wait list, Mr. Carroll had a Jarvik left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted to help his weakened heart pump, extending his life until a donor organ was available. Improving significantly while on LVAD therapy, he was a pioneer in that early Jarvik LVAD clinical trial in which the UMSOM played an important role. In January 2012, Mr. Carroll received a donor heart and underwent life-saving heart transplant surgery performed by Bartley P. Griffith, MD, the Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery, and his team.

Grateful for the care he received, and the measures UMSOM physicians took to keep him alive, Mr. Carroll determined to make a legacy gift to show his deep appreciation. “There is not enough I can give to thank Dr. Erika Feller and Dr. Bartley Griffith for saving my life,” Mr. Carroll said. “Maryland has taken care of me from day one and continues to do so today. When I go there for a checkup, it’s like visiting my other family. If my bequest can just help one person, that would be great.”

“David’s generous donation underscores the dedicated, multi-disciplinary work that the University of Maryland’s heart transplant and VAD team does every day,” Dr. Feller says.  “Our work is more than a job—it’s a constant desire to improve the lives of patients with severe heart failure. It involves building patient trust and providing options for advanced heart failure management. His donation will help us increase our penetration into communities.”

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBADean Reece, who is also University Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, calls Mr. Carroll’s gift “transformational.” “Thanks to Mr. Carroll’s extraordinary generosity, our cardiovascular faculty have been given a new and vital springboard to seek and achieve lifesaving treatments for heart patients, now and in the future,” he said.

“Bequests are symbolically important to our patients in creating a legacy to honor our UMSOM departments and physicians who have changed their lives,” said Mary A. Pooton, Assistant Dean for Development. “We are extremely thankful for Mr. Carroll’s gift and the impact it will bring to elevating future care to patients with cardiovascular disease.”

To learn more about planned giving opportunities to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, click here.

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Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 45 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished two-time winner of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1.2 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically based care for nearly 2 million patients each year. The School of Medicine has more than $563 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total population of nearly 9,000 faculty and staff, including 2,500 student trainees, residents, and fellows. The combined School of Medicine and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact more than $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School of Medicine works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu

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