American Heart Association names new board leaders

Joonun (Chris) Choi, MD of Old Greenwich

Joonun (Chris) Choi, MD of Old Greenwich

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced its new slate of board members for the Fairfield County Region Board. The newly elected board president is Joonun (Chris) Choi, MD, of Old Greenwich, and Joseph Catapano, of Stratford, was elected board chair.

Dr. Choi graduated from NY Medical College and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital — Manhattan while also serving as a fellow representative for on the AHA Fellows-In-Training program in New York City. He completed an Advanced Echocardiology Fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a cardiologist with Heart Physicians in Stamford.

Joseph Catapano

Joseph Catapano of Stratford

Joseph Catapano is a graduate of the University of New Haven and serves on their College of Business Advisory Board. He is vice president and controller of Pitney Bowes Inc.

Also elected to the board were Fairfield residents Dan Cherniske, Partner, EY, and Bob Conklin, NY Metro Assurance Leader, PwC. Conklin is also chair of the Fairfield County Heart Walk & Run, 2015 and 2016. Greenwich residents include Bob Morgan and Dr. Sasanka Jayasuriya, assistant professor of medicine and interventional cardiologist, Yale University and Greenwich Hospital.

Eileen Lynch, SVP, Global Brand Marketing, Thomson Reuters and Dr. Romelle Maloney, Senior Partner, OB/GYN Specialist, Northeast Medical Group are both from Stamford.

George Gainer, from Rowayton, is managing director at Convergence, and Ginny Kuper, Ridgefield, is regional private banking manager, with Wells Fargo Private Bank.

“We all know someone who has been touched by heart disease or stroke. I am proud to be associated with an organization at the forefront of improving lives from our number one and five causes of death through research, education, and emergency care,” said Catapano.

“As a cardiologist, I see the devastating toll that heart disease takes on families in our community,” said Dr. Choi, “Whether it’s supporting local events and research funding, or making changes to improve our own health, we can all do our part to help save lives.”

The AHA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Its mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases — two of America’s leading killers. In Connecticut alone, the AHA currently supports 47 research scientists with awards totaling $10,210,998 in value. The American Heart Association also works to improve the health of our communities by conducting public and professional educational programs, and advocating for health policies that protect public health.

Local initiatives by the AHA include state healthy legislation efforts, Get with the Guidelines hospital quality improvement programs, CPR training, school-based programs, workplace wellness including Fit Friendly Worksites, women’s health through Go Red For Women, and the annual Heart Walk event. To get involved, visit or call Judy Campisi, Executive Director at 203-295-2938 or email [email protected]

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 to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.

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