Capital Health Neurosurgeon Joins New Jersey Regional Board of American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

February 3, 2011

Mercer County Physician Helps Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

Robbinsville, NJ - The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently announced the election of Philadelphia resident Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FACS, FAHA, as a member of the Central-Southern New Jersey Regional Board of Directors. Veznedaroglu, Director of Neurosciences and Endovascular & Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Capital Health in Mercer County, NJ, will serve a two-year term with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

As a member of the regional board of directors, Veznedaroglu will serve with leaders from various industries throughout Central and Southern New Jersey and participate in all regional decisions regarding the association’s mission and fundraising initiatives in the ten-county area overseen by a 16-member regional board.

The regional board encourages statewide advocacy to protect public health and supports initiatives that help fund the American Heart Association’s research program. Educational programs that combat childhood obesity, prevent heart disease and stroke and encourage heart-healthy lifestyles for families are also priorities. By 2020, the American Heart Association aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

“Despite advances in how we treat stroke, it continues to be a significant health concern both in the US and globally,” said Dr. Veznedaroglu. “There are still far too many deaths, and the lasting impacts of stroke continue to be a significant burden for patients and their families. We continue to have a lot of work to do to help raise awareness, continue to improve treatment, and find ways to support those who are impacted by stroke.”

Veznedaroglu, a Fellow of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, is board certified in neurosurgery and dual-trained in both traditional and endovascular neurosurgical approaches. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his surgical internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and did a pediatric neurosurgery residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Veznedaroglu was fellowship trained in Cerebrovascular/Neurointerventional Neurosurgery and Neuro-Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences.

Dr. Veznedaroglu joined Capital Health two years ago, where he launched the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey that provides the most advanced treatments available for stroke, aneurysm, AVM and other cerebrovascular disorders to patients from throughout the southern and central New Jersey region as well as neighboring Pennsylvania communities. Before joining Capital Health he was director of the Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery and director of the Cerebrovascular Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

“The American Heart Association promise to the public is to have an extraordinary impact on your life by empowering you and your loved ones to save lives, live healthier and enjoy peace of mind about cardiovascular health,” said Howard A. Levite, MD, president of the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association Central-Southern New Jersey Board of Directors. “We look forward to Dr. Veznedaroglu’s leadership and expertise to help us fulfill the mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – American Heart Association funds cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit
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