University of South Florida

Dr. Arthur Labovitz appointed president of AHA Tampa Bay Metro Board

Tampa, FL (Nov. 10, 2015) – Dr. Arthur J. Labovitz, the Edward C. Wright endowed professor and chair of USF Health Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, has been appointed president of the American Heart Association (AHA) Tampa Bay Metro Board.  He will serve a two-year term.

Dr. Labovitz serves as acting co-director of the USF Health Heart Institute, which is committed to integrating the latest research and leading cardiovascular care. He is also director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at USF and medical director for both non-invasive cardiology services and atrial fibrillation services at Tampa General Hospital.

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Arthur Labovitz, MD

The AHA Tampa Bay Metro Board is responsible for advancing the health and revenue priorities of the organization. These include promoting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training initiatives, engaging some of the largest and most influential local corporations with heart health activities, serving as leaders for advocacy and mission goals, and raising funds to advance the mission of the American Heart Association.

Throughout his career, Dr. Labovitz has maintained a strong relationship with the American Heart Association and mirrors his care of patients to be consistent with AHA guidelines. His first research study on heart failure was funded by the AHA. In addition, he held the position of president on the St. Louis Metro Board, and received the AHA’s 2007 Hugh McCulloch Award for distinguished contributions in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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About the American Heart Association 
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5
killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit
For more information about The American Heart Association Tampa Bay:, @HeartTampaBay.





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