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RWJUH Doctor Named American Heart Association Eastern States President

Leonard Y. Lee, MD, chief of Surgical Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, and James W. Mackenzie, M.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers RWJMS), has been appointed president of the board of directors for the Eastern States region of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Lee’s appointment follows his position as president-elect of the Eastern States Region Board of Directors from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023. In his new role, Lee will continue to advance the association’s mission to build healthy communities free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Including fundraising priorities such as the 2024 Impact Goal. In 2024 the Association will reach its milestone centennial year and will continue to build on existing efforts around removing barriers to healthcare access and quality, addressing issues of nutrition and food security, hypertension reduction, and more.

“I am looking forward to serving as president of the Eastern States Region Board of Directors for the next two years and support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association,” said Dr. Lee. “Through research, medical advancements, public education, CPR training and so much more, we can continue the progress in making sure everyone has the opportunity for a full and healthy life.”

Dr. Lee has been a member of the Eastern States Region Board of Directors since 2019 and has also served as a member of the Northern New Jersey Division of the American Heart Association Board of Directors. In 2018, Dr. Lee was a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Harvey E. Nussbaum, MD Distinguished Service Award.

“This appointment is a true reflection of Dr. Lee’s hard work and dedication towards curing cardiovascular disease in our communities,” said Alan Lee, president, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “Dr. Lee is passionate about excellence in his surgical service in order to deliver the best outcomes to our patients. I know he’ll do great work in this role as the Eastern State Board of Directors President for the American Heart Association and apply that passion to community programming and fundraising initiatives that raise health and change lives.”

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