University of Vermont Health Network’s Chief Medical Officer steps up to save lives in Burlington, VT with the return of the Vermont Heart Walk

The American Heart Association is proud to announce the return of the beloved Vermont Heart Walk after six years. David Clauss, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the University of Vermont Health Network, will be leading efforts as Chairperson of the 2024 Vermont Heart Walk, a community campaign focused on engaging local community members, companies and organizations to join the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Dr. David ClaussChief Medical Officer, University of Vermont Health Network
Dr. David Clauss

As chairperson of the Heart Walk, Dr. Clauss has a fundraising goal of $50,000 for the June event. Funds raised will help to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk ® is designed to help community members positively impact overall health and well-being, with an emphasis on company-wide engagement from supporters like the University of Vermont Health Network. The Heart Walk inspires neighbors to be more engaged, reconnect with one another, get their steps in, support a great cause and have a lot of fun doing it.

“We are excited to bring back the Vermont Heart Walk because of its great impact on the fight to end heart disease and stroke,” said Clauss. “With bold moves and support from our donors, the Heart Walk saves lives by bringing friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors together. As a united front, we demonstrate our commitment to heart and brain health, and we honor or remember loved ones with heart disease or stroke. With Bold Hearts, all of us have raised dollars to improve health and quality of life for everyone, transformed communities and significantly reduced heart disease and stroke death rates. And we’re just getting started. With your help, we can keep working to ensure all people can enjoy longer, healthier lives.”

This year also marks the 100th birthday of the American Heart Association. For 100 years the Association has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy communities.

Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable and how you eat, move and manage stress impacts your well-being, physically and mentally. Heart Walk ® provides resources, tools and activities to support both mental and physical well-being for community members.

The Vermont Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, June 22 at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus. The Heart Walk unites the community in celebrating heart health and honoring survivors with a three-mile walk. For more information, head to