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Heartfest Returns! - 12/21/2012

Heartfest Returns!

The Celebration will Support the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute and Feature Music by a Physician Rock Band and Food from 20 Area Restaurants.
Release Date: December 21, 2012

The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute will hold the very popular "Heartfest" on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, with "heart-healthy" cuisine prepared by local restaurants, complimentary wines and entertainment by "The Heart Attackers," a rock band composed of local cardiologists, a cardiac surgeon and other medical specialists.

Heartfest will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Martin’s Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Road, in Cockeysville, Md. Chefs from about 20 local restaurants and caterers will offer heart-healthy  dishes. This will be the 20th Heartfest - the first since 2008.

Throughout the evening, the "Heart Attackers" will play rock hits from the 1950s to today. Band members have been performing together since 1997.

"Where else can you hear the Hopkins chief of cardiac surgery, Duke Cameron, and cardiologist Tom Aversano, a frequent contributor to leading medical journals, jamming to 'Born to be Wild'?" asks cardiologist Roger Blumenthal, director of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease and founder of Heartfest.

The band members include cardiologists Lowell Maughan, Andrew Farb, George Groman and band co-founder Steve Valenti; gastroenterologist Tony Calabrese and urologist John Kishel. Other members include musical director Julius Knapp, a manager at the Federal Communications Commission; nurse practitioner Suzanne O’Keefe; energy services engineer Mark Keiser and nurse anesthetist Bill Howie.

In addition to the food and musical entertainment, there will be educational and interactive displays created by the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute and other organizations.

The event’s honorees will be Edward Miller, former Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Jerome Schnydman, past executive assistant to several Johns Hopkins University presidents, former Hopkins’ undergraduate admissions director and a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Ticket information can be obtained by emailing or by calling 410-560-0677.