Board Certified Cardiologist Leads Efforts to Build a Foundation of Health in New Jersey.

The American Heart Association is celebrating 22 years of saving and improving lives affected by Heart Disease and Stroke in New Jersey.  The Garden State’s most influential leaders from the corporate, philanthropic, and medical communities will unite for the annual Affair of the Heart Ball on June 7, 2019.  Funds will be raised to promote lifesaving work of the American Heart Association as well as continue to live its mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

This year, the event will be chaired by Robert Hilkert, MD, FACC, FAHA. Dr. Robert Hilkert is board certified cardiologist and presently serves as the Global Program Clinical Head in the Cardiovascular and Metabolism Group at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation.

He joined Novartis in 2007 as a Medical Director in the USCDMA division focusing on hypertension and atherosclerosis. Since joining Novartis, Bob has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as the Vice President of US Medical Affairs for the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Franchise.

“It is a great honor to have been asked to chair the 2019 Affair of the Heart Ball. Being part of the Northern NJ Board of Directors, I have had the privilege to see the benefits all have received because of what the American Heart Association has been able to achieve in research, education, public awareness, and so much more – all saving and improving the lives of millions.”, says Hilkert.

As chairperson, Hilkert is responsible for building a team of volunteer executives to connect, innovate, influence and invest in advancing our efforts to change health outcomes as they relate to heart disease and stroke.

The 22nd annual New Jersey Affair of the Heart Ball will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at The Palace at Somerset Park.

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