Westchester County Newsmakers, 8.18.2014
By: Westfair Online Posted date: August 16, 2014
American Heart Association appoints Dr. Gewitz
THE FOUNDERS AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION recently appointed MICHAEL H. GEWITZ to its eight-state affiliate board of directors for a two-year term.
Dr. Gewitz is physician-in-chief and chief of pediatric cardiology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. He is also professor and vice chairman of pediatrics for New York Medical College and vice president of Children’s and Women’s Physicians of Westchester L.L.P.
“Through his continued support of our efforts, including the National American Heart Association’s pediatric cardiology committees and local support in our Westchester region, Dr. Gewitz has demonstrated his commitment to improving the lives of people in his community,” said Michael Weamer, AHA Founders Affiliate executive vice president. “Now, as a member of our board, he will leverage his expertise to help make a significant impact on heart health and wellness across our eight-state region.”
American Health magazine named Gewitz one of the “Best Doctors in America” and he has been included in almost every issue of the “America’s Best Doctors” publications, as well as New York magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York.” He was also a driving force behind the campaign to build the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.
Dr. Gewitz is past chairman of the executive committee of the American Heart Association’s Council of Cardiovascular Disease in the Young and past chairman of its committee on rheumatic fever, endocarditis and Kawasaki disease.
Prior to coming to Westchester in 1983, he was the founding director of the echocardiography program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which followed completion of pediatric residencies at the hospital and at the Hospital for Sick Children in London and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Yale University.
“It is an honor to contribute to the mission of the American Heart Association, particularly through their initiatives to improve the cardiovascular health of children,” Dr. Gewitz said. “The American Heart Association is committed to building a healthier generation of children and I look forward to being an integral part of that effort.”