Cardiologist alum to give Suter Science Seminar

Brian L. Stauffer, MD is a professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Colorado and the cardiology division chief at the Denver Health & Hospital Authority. He will give a lecture as part of the Eastern Mennonite University Suter Science Seminar series on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. The talk will be held in Room 106 in the EMU science center, and is free and open to the public.

Stauffer will speak on “Cardiology: One Way to Get There from Here,” about his path to becoming a cardiologist and the significance of this field of medicine. As he points out, “cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide and a significant contributor to rising health care expenditures.”

Stauffer graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in 1991 and earned his MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. Besides teaching at the University of Colorado, he leads the cardiology department at Denver Health, the “safety net hospital” for the metropolitan area. He is also a co-director of several multidisciplinary research groups studying heart failure and atherosclerosis, and has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

The next seminar is on “Epigenetic and Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Metabolic Disease,” to be given by Irina Bochkis, PhD, on Wednesday, Mar. 25.

The seminars are made possible by the sponsorship of the Daniel B. Suter Endowment in Biology and the co-sponsorship of supporting programs. Named in honor of long-time EMU biology professor, Daniel B. Suter (1920-2006), the Endowment in Biology was established in 1986 through the generous donations of alumni and friends and currently consists of over $1 million of invested funds. EMU hopes to double the Suter Endowment in order to more adequately support distinguished faculty and to increase scholarship aid to deserving students.