Monthly Gatherings

Mended hearts of Central Ohio organizes meetings monthly to inspire and motivate each other by coming out with their journey associated with a heart disease in their life. These small gatherings will help the fellow patients think that they are not alone in this whole process. Various staffs/ healthcare professionals  help them with proper guidance on all the research and current treatments available in the market. Meetings not only give the professional aid, but also acts as a starting point of long lasting relationships. Visitors can attend these meetings, we welcome them with open hands.

Highlights of Past Meetings and Speakers!

Donations to the “Courtney Williams Fund in Heart Failure Research” totals $249,000 at 12/31/2019!

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L-R: Dr. Peter Mohler, Helen & Jeff Davidson, Nancy & Bo Williams, Dr. Tom Ryan.

Learn about OSU’s heart failure research fund and donate  HERE  For more information about this fund, please click HERE.


Heart Education Meetings In 2020


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February 13, 2020: Dr. Daniel Martin speaking on “Saving Lives in the ER – How Doctors Think” See presentation HERE

(68 in attendance)




January 9, 2020:  Ross Nurses speaking on “The First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery (57 in attendance)

Heart Education Meetings In 2019:



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December 12, 2019 Celebration of Life Dinner (76 in attendance)





November 14, 2019:  Dr. Ajay Vallakati speaking on:  Diastolic Heart Failure and Cardiac Amyloidosis.  See presentation HERE.   (81 in attendance)





October 10, 2019: Ohio State Clinical Pharmacists speaking in:  “An Evening With The Pharmacist” See presentation HERE

(59 in attendance)




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September 5, 2019:  Dr. Eric Cortez, Gail Hogan, and Columbus Fire Dept. speaking on: “Cardiac Arrests, Heart Attacks, Strokes and Seizures…….” See presentation HERE (86 in attendance)

August 8, 2019:  Dr. Kathleen Dungan speaking on “Diabetes and the Heart”  See presentation HERE (71 in attendance)

July 11, 2019:  Dr. Muhammad Afzal speaking on “New Developments in the Treatment of Afib”  See presentation HERE (106 in attendance)

June 13, 2019: Dr. Cindy Baker speaking on “Saving Lives in the Cath Lab”  (56 in attendance)

May 15, 2019:  Dr. Ragavendra Baliga speaking on “Heart Disease in Cancer Patients & Survivors”  See presentation HERE (51 in attendance)

April 11, 2019:  Julie Wilkes presenting on “Staying Inspired and Positive Despite Serious Health Issues” (68 in attendance)

March 14, 2019:  Dr. Sitaramesh Emani speaking on “Heart Failure:  New Treatments and Developments”  See presentation HERE  (74 in Attendance)

February 14, 2019: Dr. Ernest Mazzaferri speaking on “The Ross Heart Hospital:  Past, Present and Future”  See Presentation HERE (91 in attendance)

Heart Education Meetings 2018:

January 10, 2019: “Nutrition and a Heart Healthy Diet” (70 in attendance)

December 13, 2018:  Celebration of Life Dinner (77 in attendance)


November 8, 2018:  Dr. Rami Khayat speaking on “Sleep and the Heart”.  See presentation HERE (95 in attendance)   

October 11, 2018:  Dr. Eric Goulder speaking on “Heart Attacks Are Optional”  (67 in attendance)

September 13, 2018:  Clinical Pharmacists from the Ross and OSU College of Pharmacy speaking in:  “An Evening With The Pharmacist”  Presentation HERE.  (attendance 56)

August 9, 2018: Dr. Kristin Kuntz, PhD speaking on “Coping With Advanced Stage Heart Failure” with discussion on depression and anxiety.  Presentation HERE.  (attendance 58)

July 12, 2018:  Jackie Collins Attorney-At-Law speaking on “Asset Preservation, Long Term Care…..” (attendance 58)

June 14, 2018:  Dr. John Hummel speaking on “Advances in Therapy of Atrial Fibrillation”  (attendance 132)


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October 18, 2017 Chef James Warner cooking and presenting on:  “Nutrition and a Heart Healthy Diet” (meeting attendance 86)  Recipes From Oct. 18 and more!

August 10, 2017:  Dr. David Keseg, Gail Hogan, and EMTs from the Columbus Division of Fire speaking and training on “Hands-Only CPR” (meeting attendance 86).  See presentation HERE.

March 9, 2017:  Dr. Kathleen Dungan and Caroline Rankin of the YMCAs of Central Ohio speaking on Diabetes and the Heart and the sobering link between diabetes and heart patients (meeting attendance 81). See Dr. Dungan’s presentation (PDF format) HERE.  With 29 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million Americans with prediabetes, our group will focus more on this issue.  See Caroline Rankin’s presentation HERE

February 9, 2017: Dr. John Hummel and Author Rosalie Ungar speaking on:  A-Fib and the Differences Between Men and Women with A-Fib (109 in attendance)  See Presentation HERE   See picture collage HERE

January 12, 2017: Dr. Quinn Capers, IV spoke on  “Heart Attacks:  Current Treatment & How To Survive and Thrive Afterwards”  (64 in attendance).

Heart Education Meetings 2015 and 2016

December 8, 2016: Celebration of Life Dinner; sharing our successes and thanking our doctors.  See our PRESENTATION and PICTURES

November 10, 2016: Dr. Cheryl Carmin spoke on “Heart & Mind: Depression, Anxiety and Heart Disease” (63 in attendance).  See presentation HERE

October 13, 2016:  Dr. Sitaramesh Emani, Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant at OSU, spoke on “Managing (and Preventing) Heart Failure”  in a national program from CardioSmart and Novartis  (83 in attendance).  See presentation HERE.   See Dr. Emani’s HF Video HERE

September 8, 2016:  Dr. Ray Hershberger spoke on “Living to Age 100” (53 in attendance).  Presentation coming!

August 11, 2016:  Chef Jim Yue and “Hold the Salt, Learning to Use Spices”  (46 in attendance) and Indian Cuisine Recipe HERE

July 14, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Raul Weiss entitled “Living With Afib” (74 in attendance). See Presentation HERE.

June 9, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Garrie Haas, Linda Gresser, and a post acute panel of experts on “Post Acute Transitional Care”  See presentation HERE

May 11, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross CICU Nurses entitled “The First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery: A Nurses Perspective”  (52 in attendance with lots of Q&A) AND a celebration of nurses!!  See presentation HERE.

April 21, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross Pharmacists (L-R) Dr. Min,  John Afek (member), Dr. Pickworth, Dr. Herman, Dr. Blais, and Dr. Pruchnicki entitled:  “An Evening with your Pharmacist” (with 55 in attendance and lots of Q&A).   See presentation HERE and note the Pharmacist’s E-mail Addresses for medication questions!!

March 10, 2016: Presentations by Dr. Kavita Sharma and Amy Sturm, MS, LGC on “Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) and Updates on Cholesterol Treatments” with 24-year old FH patient, Christian Jacobs (42 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Dr. Sharma and Amy Sturm.   FH is genetic and many times undiagnosed.  Check into this issue.

February 11, 2016:  Presentation by Laura Newman, MSW, LISW-s of OSU Ross (top left) on:  “Caregivers–How We Help our Loved Ones” with passionate caregiver stories by Melissa Justice (bottom left) and Annette Salser (right) (61 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Laura and Annette plus Caregiver Tips

January 14, 2016:  Presentation by Dr. Rami Khayat, Director of the OSU Sleep Heart Program, on: “Sleep And Cardiovascular Health” (65 in attendance)

December 17, 2015:  Celebration of Life Dinner with members, caregivers, sponsors and OSU doctors (85 in attendance)  See 2015 Accomplishments Slideshow

November 12, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kathleen Dungan on “Managing Diabetes To Better Manage Heart Disease”  (52 in attendance)

October 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Robert Cooper on “Chest Pain In The ER–Are Cardiac Workups Doing More Harm than Good?”  (47 in attendance)

Sept. 10, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. William Abraham on “Reversing Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Muscle Damage”  (72 in attendance)   See Carl Smerdel’s Heart Story!     See Dr. Abraham Presentation.

Aug 19, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Charles A. Bush on: Changes in Knowledge and the Management of Cardiovascular Issues from the 1960s to the Present Day” (79 in attendance).   See Presentation Here

July 8, 2015:  Presentations by Dr. David Keseg and Gail Hogan on “Saving Lives With Hands-Only CPR” and CPR training by professionals from the Columbus Fire Department (58 in attendance)   Training Pictures

June 18, 2015  Safe Travel Tips for Heart Patients and Most Memorable Vacation Travel Pictures.  See Dr. Deepali Tukaye Presentation

May 13, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Sitaramesh Emani on “Living With Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)” (64 in attendance) See Presentation Here

April 15, 2015: Presentation by Dr. Emile Daoud on “Living With Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and the Therapies and Procedures for Treating It” (69 in attendance)

February 11, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kavita Sharma on “Advances in Lipid Management” with a lot of Q&A on cholesterol issues (67 in attendance) See Presentation Here

January 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Christopher Clark, DDS on “Dentistry and Your Health” with a discussion on dental disease, infections, endocarditis and the heart patient (52 in attendance).

May 14, 2014:  Heart Patient Panel meeting

Members on Daytime Columbus (NBC 4) – Feb 13, 2013

“Carpe Diem” Video (Heart Patients Seizing The Day!!) — Released Feb 9, 2012

Daytime Columbus — Feb 14, 2012

Daytime Columbus – March 11, 2011

Meeting Location

All these gatherings are arranged at The OSU Medical Center, Ross Auditorium. You can find the full detailed address down below.


452 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 and other locations from time to time.