John J. Warner, MD, FAHA, brings a unique perspective to the presidency of the American Heart Association.
The CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals in Dallas, who also cares for patients, will discuss critical issues facing clinicians and scientists Sunday during his Presidential Address.
Warner said his physician-executive vantage point, and his many years volunteering for the AHA, allow him to view the fight against cardiovascular diseases through many lenses — but with one clear vision.
“Having the patient at the center of our work is the reason we all do what we do,” said Warner, whose address is titled “Amplifying the Voices of Patients.”
The Presidential Address kicks off Sunday’s Opening Session, which officially launches the AHA’s 2017 Scientific Sessions. The Opening Session will be held from 1-3 p.m. in Main Event I, Hall D, Main Building.
Warner will discuss key insights from his personal story and professional journey in cardiology and hospital leadership, including many vital opportunities that clinicians and researchers have to improve and extend lives.
These opportunities are particularly important, he notes, because of recent statistics that show heart disease and stroke mortality stalling and even reversing course after many decades of progress.
“Some would say the picture is grim, and maybe it is,” Warner said. “But we are all here because of our commitment to improving this picture.”
Warner will describe the importance of expanding personal horizons and getting involved with groups like the AHA at a time when decades of progress to reduce cardiovascular mortality rates are slowing and political leaders are waffling on healthcare legislation.
Warner will describe how he has challenged himself throughout his career to consider how he could improve the health of more people.
A scholarship athlete in college, Warner will discuss how teamwork has been at the foundation of his entire career — and how it’s crucial in the effort to save and improve lives.