Heart Center to mark 40 years of Duke University’s Preventive Approach to Cardiology with Sept. 25 seminar

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Duke Heart Center and the Department of Medicine will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Duke University’s Preventive Approach to Cardiology (DUPAC) with an afternoon symposium on Friday, September 25, 2015 in the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education.

DUPAC is an innovative heart health program created by Andrew Wallace, MD, former chief of the Division of Cardiology. Jn 1975, Dr. Andrew G. Wallace took a sabbatical in order to investigate the possibilities of a cardiac-rehab institution. The next year he launched the Duke University Preventive Approach to Cardiology with the support of Olympic track coach Al Beuhler. The DUPAC program utilized revolutionary aspects of both medicine and fitness in order to aid at-risk hea11 patients. DUPAC grew to over 500 patients per day in less than 12 years, and its success gained international attention.

At the Sept. 25 symposium, former DUPAC Director Steven Roark, MD, will present the keynote address, "Microsoft, SNL and DUPAC - Think, Laugh, and Live." Dr. Roark is currently a cardiologist at the Cardiac and Vascular Institute in Gainseville, Florida.

William Kraus, MD, professor of medicine (Cardiology) and medical director of the Duke Cardiac Rehabilitation, will moderate a panel discussion on "The Evolution of Cardiac Preventive Care." Panelists will include James Blumenthal, PhD, professor of psychiatry and former DUPAC director of stress management, and Dr. Wallace.

Ron Roberts, a patient in the Duke Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, will share his insights on keeping going after 30 years of exercise.

To register, contact Julia Portwood-Mallory at 919-385-3144 or julia.portwood@dm.duke.edu.

(Read Dr. Wallace's essay, Passing It On: The Stead Legacy.)