A Message from Our CEO
Together we are changing the way the world thinks about health and life. We’re transforming attitudes and behaviors, so people everywhere can experience the best possible health–today and for the rest of their lives … from generation to generation. Through research, education and advocacy, we are making an extraordinary impact … changing and saving lives — reducing disease, disability and death. The work that we’re doing … that all of YOU are doing … is leading to real, lasting change.
While there is much work ahead, we are in this together — for the lives of those we love. Thank you again for your generous support and unwavering commitment to our mission. You are making an impact on your community, on our nation and on the world.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
Samuel F. Sears, Jr., Ph.D
Director, Doctoral Program
East Carolina University
Nationally recognized expert in the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients
Provides clinical services to cardiac and ICD patients in a fully integrated cardiac clinic at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU
Among the most published authors in the world on ICD patient outcomes. Has published over 100 articles in the medicine literature on the psychological aspects of cardiology.
Completing 18th year of collaborations in academic medicine and psychology. Served on the faculty at the University of Florida for 12 years and now at East Carolina University since 2007. Received numerous teaching and research mentor awards from the students in his departments.
Regularly appears in PBS TV series, Second Opinion, on topics such as Long QT Syndrome, Artificial Hearts, and psychological aspects of cardiac disease
Founded “ICD Coach” to produce mobile phone apps and multi-media patient education materials for ICD patients and families
Dr. Sears was recently honored by the state of North Carolina University system as the O. Max Gardner Award winner for 2013. This award is given to the faculty member deemed to have made “the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”