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$1.5 million gift will bolster cardiovascular research at University Hospitals, CWRU

The gift, from the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation, is also a nod to the importance of both the academic approach and practical application of medical research. The donation hopes to “create a model of philanthropy” that benefits both institutions and supports academic and clinical health care.

CLEVELAND — A $1.5 million gift will be split between the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals to further research on cardiovascular disease.

The gift, from the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation, is also a nod to the importance of both the academic approach and practical application of medical research. The donation hopes to “create a model of philanthropy” that benefits both institutions and supports academic and clinical health care, according to a university release.

“We believe that systemic change is born at the bench through painstaking science and its subsequent translation to the bedside,” Robert Reitman stated in the release. “It is this understanding that compels us to support physician scientists and to hope that others will do the same.”

The Reitmans have deep roots with both CWRU and University Hospitals. Robert Reitman is the former chief executive of The Tranzonic Companies, a manufacturing company based in Cleveland. He’s served on the University Hospitals board and the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and is currently chairman of UH’s Center for Emergency Medicine Leadership Council, which helps in the building of the hospital system’s Center for Emergency Medicine.

He and his wife, Sylvia, are both Case Western graduates. Reitman has served on the School of Law’s capital campaign.

The donation will establish a Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation at Case Western Reserve’s Cardiovascular Center and University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute. The position will be filled by a “preeminent physician scientist dedicated to advancing cardiovascular medicine through compassionate patient care, clinical research, and training of fellows and residents,” according to the release.

The donation honors Dr. Daniel I. Simon a CWRU professor and a UH cardiovascular physician whose research focuses on inflammation in vascular injury and repair.

The Reitman’s foundation is a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.