Heartfelt Dreams Foundation Announces Jennifer Woo, M.D. as the Inaugural Recipient of Advanced ACHD Fellows Grant

Stanford University cardiology fellow has been awarded $5,000 grant by nonprofit charity dedicated to advancing treatment and education for congenital heart defects

Hollis, NH (September 28, 2022) –  Heartfelt Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the treatment experience for congenital heart defect (CHD) patients and their families, is proud to announce Jennifer Woo, M.D. as the inaugural recipient of its Advanced ACHD Fellows Grant for 2022. Dr. Woo has been awarded $5,000 in financial assistance to pursue her specialized medical training in cardiology and critical care skills to better treat congenital heart defect patients.

Dr. Woo a native of Los Angeles, California attended college at Brown University. She completed her medical degree at UCLA, went on to an adult cardiology fellowship at Stanford University where she is currently a fellow in cardiovascular medicine specializing in adult congenital heart disease. Dr. Woo is completing her ACHD fellowship with a particular interest in advanced imaging and right ventricular heart failure.

“The Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is proud to recognize Dr. Jennifer Woo as the first recipient of our Advanced ACHD Fellows Grant,” said Eric Ankerud, CEO, President, and co-founder of the Heartfelt Dreams Foundation. “In awarding this honor, our Board of Directors and I were very impressed with Dr. Woo’s desire and vision to enhance treatment for CHD patients. Her research interest and dedication to specialized training in congenital heart disease represents the future of caring for patients with this life-long condition.”

The Heartfelt Dreams Foundation created the annually awarded Advanced ACHD Fellows Grant to support the education, time, money, and commitment that comes with medical school and professional development in cardiovascular medicine.  Through decades of medical and surgical treatment, specialized cardiologists have played a critical role in the care and treatment for Heartfelt Dreams Foundation Co-Founder, Lori Ankerud’s complex CHD condition. Grant recipients will be making that same difference in providing quality healthcare for congenital heart defect patients. 

“The scholarship funding provided to our future ACHD physicians via the Heartfelt Dreams ACHD Fellows Grant Program is an important initiative to support our future generation of ACHD experts, researchers and those who will change and impact our field,” said Doreen Defaria Yeh, M.D., Program Director of Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Director of the MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, and Medical Advisor to Heartfelt Dreams Foundation. “Given the many years of training necessary for ACHD sub-specialization, fellows accrue significant debt and financial programs such as this allow them to invest in their innovative ideas and expand their training opportunities and mentorship. In the US, we are not training enough physicians annually to sustain the growth of this field and all efforts, like this one, to support and mentor ACHD trainees are critically needed.”

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation strives to see every CHD patient lead a long, healthy and meaningful life. The Foundation is committed to facilitating greater access to care and treatment for CHD patients of all ages and strengthens the network of specialty heart centers and physicians across the country. For more information about the Heartfelt Dreams Foundation Advanced ACHD Fellows Grant, please visit www.heartfeltdreamsfoundation.org

About Heartfelt Dreams Foundation:

Founded in 2018 by Lori and Eric Ankerud, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation (HDF) is the only nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the dual mission of improving the CHD treatment experience for patients and families and advancing CHD education within the medical community. Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the United States and there are more than two million Americans living with CHD. Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for these patients and their families, increasing the number of cardiologists and medical facilities capable of properly treating CHD, and facilitating connections between patients and the medical community. Please find more information at www.heartfeltdreamsfoundation.org and follow HDF on Facebook and Twitter

Contact: Drew Naisuler, dnaisuler@elevatecom.com, 781-858-4697

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