Knowing that cardiologists are in a unique position to advance
care through clinical research, education and community service,
the founders were eager to pursue these initiatives in a separate
They set as their objectives:
• Participation in cardiovascular studies of national significance.
• Continuing education for physicians, nurses and clinical
staff to benefit patient care.
• Educational opportunities for patients.
• Important health and heart disease prevention information
for school-age children.
• Improving the care and prognosis of all patients with cardiovascular
• Providing educational literature for clinical professionals
• Offering patients exposure to the most advanced cardiac
• Offering the doctors of Kansas City Cardiology the opportunity
to pursue original cardiovascular research.
WHY A HEART FOUNDATION?
Dr. Brodine’s Story
Growing up in Rochester, New York, a young William Brodine alternated
between school, sports (football and swimming were his favorites)
and time spent with his family. The unexpected death of his grandfather
during his senior year of high school led him to consider a career
“My grandfather died suddenly after a two-day
hospitalization in a small town hospital. I felt that if I became
a doctor, I could make a contribution in medicine and perhaps prevent
After graduating summa cum laude from Lehigh University
in Pennsylvania, with departmental honors in chemistry and biology,
he began his medical studies at the University of Rochester School
of Medicine and Dentistry.
During his medical internship, the dual influences of his grandfather
and his mentor, Dr. Arthur Moss, led young William to consider the
practice of cardiology. His grandfather’s death had most likely
been due to arrhythmia, and during his cardiology fellowship, Dr.
Brodine chose the field of electrophysiology (EP) in order to treat
patients with arrhythmias. His desire to continually be on the cutting
edge of arrhythmia inspired his interest in participating in EP
studies. In turn, Dr. Brodine and Dr. Eric Hockstad founded the
Kansas City Heart Foundation (KCHF).
Dr. Brodine finds his work with KCHF to be fulfilling,
allowing him to be involved in both research and education. Although
it can be difficult to integrate research and study participation
into a busy private practice, being involved with KCHF provides
an exciting, efficient and ethical way to pursue research.
Recently, Dr. Brodine had the opportunity to work
with his role model, Dr. Moss, on the landmark Madit II study, which
took a closer look at sudden cardiac death. Without the Kansas City
Heart Foundation, this partnership might not have been possible,
and he is very grateful for the opportunity to further medical knowledge
and honor his grandfather’s memory.