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Dan Oseran, M.D., 
Executive Medical Director, Providence Heart Institute
Chair, Providence Cardiovascular Leadership Council

Meet Dan Oseran, M.D., Executive Medical Director, Providence Heart Institute and Chair of the Providence Cardiovascular Leadership Council

Education and training

• Harvard College

• U.C. San Diego Medical School

• University of Washington

• Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Why Providence?

I grew up in Portland, so the opportunity to return home after more than 20 years away to join the Pacific Northwest's leading cardiac program was very appealing. I embrace what it means to be part of Providence - a truly Mission-driven organization with a strong set of core values. After marrying my wife, Tracy, coming home to Providence was the best decision of my life.

What is your dream for Providence Heart Institute?

The successes of our heart institute go back more than 50 years and continue today. We remain the largest provider of cardiovascular services in Oregon, and we deliver the most advanced technologies for our patients through early clinical trials. We also feel strongly about our commitment to preventing heart disease. Our goal is to move upstream before patients need our specialized and advanced services. My dream is to be a national leader in both arenas.

What initiatives are on your agenda for the coming year?

We're working on many areas of cardiac innovation, but perhaps the most exciting project involves our plans to launch a heart transplant program. We're caring for a growing number of patients with heart failure, and we've long provided the full spectrum of cardiac care except for heart transplant. While transplant is not a high-volume program, it's a critical therapy for selected patients with advanced disease. My team and I feel it's important that the transplant option is available for the patients we're privileged to serve.

Why does philanthropy matter to your work?

To put in plainly, we wouldn't be where we are today without the generous support of our donor community. We have launched multiple programs in research, clinical care and cardiac wellness with the help of philanthropy. Our donors help us innovate, grow programs and - very importantly - attract physicians from around the country. We are extremely grateful for our donors' generosity, and we always are mindful of using their gifts wisely.

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