After years of struggling and living with heart disease, Bob Roth’s heart condition became much worse in spite of treatment. He desperately needed a heart transplant to continue to live. The fluid in his lungs never seemed to go away and his symptoms of shortness of breath and fatigue continued to get worse.
On several occasions he ended up at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach in serious condition with worsening congestive heart failure. The symptoms seemed to come back with more frequency despite all efforts.
According to Bob and his wife Georgia, it was Hoag cardiologist and Medical Director of Disease Management, DiptiItchhaporia, M.D., who ultimately helped convince him to undergo heart transplant surgery.
“Without Dr. Itchhaporia, I don’t know where I would be right now,” says Bob. “She knew that I was tentative, to say the least, about undergoing a heart transplant, but she didn’t give up. She explained that the technology was more advanced today and that she would help us through the evaluation process. Through her dedication and commitment, I eventually received a heart at UCLA Medical Center. She helped me through a very difficult process.”
“We felt that if we could help Dr. Itchhaporia and Hoag broaden their scope of cardiac care and treatment, we could provide others with the same live-saving support that we received and were so grateful for,” explains Georgia.
Already in discussion with Hoag Hospital Foundation about a major gift, the Roths were convinced more than ever to support Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute. The $2.3M commitment from the Robert S. and Georgia L. Roth Family Foundation is intended to assist in support of heart treatment by establishing the “Chair for Excellence in Cardiac Care at Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute.”
Dr. Itchhaporia has been named the first physician to hold the chair position and is expanding her focus to advance areas of multidisciplinary patient care, physician education and clinical research.
“We wanted to put our support behind heart research and treatments and Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute seemed the most logical place to start,” says Georgia. “It was important for us to know that Hoag, through Dr. Itchhaporia, would have the opportunity to further clinical research, education and training and one day establish a national reputation for delivering the best cardiac care and treatment in the country.” In addition to her work at Hoag, Dr. Itchhaporia holds a number of leadership positions within highly regarded professional organizations. She was recently elected to be President of the California State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and will be on the Board of Governors for the national ACC. She is also on the Western Affiliate Board of the American Heart Association (AHA) and representing California, Utah and Nevada. She was most recently appointed to the National AHA Professional Education committee which oversees all educational initiatives by the AHA.