Cardiologist to lead 2020 Hudson Valley Heart Walk & 5K Fun Run

Dr. Simon Gorwara

Dr. Simon Gorwara sees the impact of heart disease firsthand, every day.

“Heart disease touches people from every community and from all walks of life. That’s why I’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association so that collectively, we can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Gorwara, managing partner and president of The Heart Center, a division of Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, P.C., Nuvance Health. 

The Heart Walk will take place on April 18, 2020 at Dutchess Community College.

“Enough people across the nation die from heart disease each year to fill Dutchess Stadium to capacity 144 times. 1 in every 3 deaths in the United States is still caused by heart disease or stroke. The American Heart Association research we fund together through events like the Heart Walk helps us to provide cutting-edge, quality treatment for more people, and reduce death and disability,” said Gorwara.

“We’re honored to have long-time volunteer Dr. Gorwara chairing this year’s Heart Walk, alongside a tremendous team of executive leadership volunteers who are making a lifesaving difference across the Hudson Valley,” said Dutchess-Ulster American Heart Association Board Chair Melissa Hanigan, Manager of Patient Registration/Office Manager of Specialty Service, Ellenville Regional Hospital.

Dr. Gorwara notes that the bleak statistics regarding heart disease are changing for the better, and that we can help our communities move toward better health by raising awareness and funds through the Heart Walk—a day of physical activity that encourages participants to move more all year long.

“We’ve made tremendous strides when it comes to heart disease and stroke; fewer people are dying of both conditions. But we still have so much more work to do to keep more hearts beating and more brains healthy,” said Dr. Gorwara.

“We can reduce mortality from heart disease and stroke through prevention—and by helping every community achieve optimal health. That means we are also fighting for things like greater access to healthcare, healthy foods, and physical activity in every part of the Hudson Valley. We’re working to be sure fewer kids ever become addicted to nicotine. And, we’re striving to ensure that the best treatment guidelines are being used in every healthcare setting,” said Gorwara.

Dr. Gorwara holds board certifications in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, critical care medicine, and interventional cardiology. He is a graduate of Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, and completed his residencies at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. He has also held fellowships at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Gorwara lives in LaGrange with his wife, Geeta who is a long-time American Heart Association volunteer.

Dr. Gorwara is joined by an executive leadership team that includes:

  • Benoit Bewley, The Heart Center
  • Geeta Gorwara
  • Melissa Hanigan, Ellenville Regional Hospital
  • Lata Hotchandani, LSH Management Inc.
  • Craig Irwin, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Sunny Intwala, The Heart Center
  • Donna Kosack, Laerdal Medical
  • Dale Lois, Levine & Levine Law
  • Susan Pineiro, Marshall & Sterling Wealth Advisors
  • David Ping, The David Ping Group
  • Ravi Reddy, Ravichandra Reddy, MD
  • Liz Roger, Rhinebeck Bank
  • Tim Tarpey, Marshall & Sterling Insurance
  • Brad Weaver, Marshall & Sterling Insurance
  • Jennifer Williams, UnitedHealthcare

About the Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk and Run

The 2020 Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk and 5K Fun Run will take place at Dutchess Community College, 91 Cottage Road, Lot D, Poughkeepsie, NY. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. for the 5K Fun Run, which starts at 9 a.m. The Heart Walk check-in begins at 9 a.m.; the Heart Walk steps off at 10 a.m. and is 5K course. Dr. Simon Gorwara, Managing Partner and President, The Heart Center, Nuvance, Health is chair of the event. Danielle Allen and Bruce Markel are event honorees. Sponsors include Nuvance Health, Laerdal Medical, David Ping Group, M&T Bank, and Flory’s Gas, Convenience and Deli. Visit or call for information.



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