Lahey Clinic Names Landsman Heart & Vascular Center Honoring Extraordinary Philanthropy of Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman

Release Date: 03/05/2010 

Lahey Clinic Names Landsman Heart & Vascular Center Honoring Extraordinary Philanthropy of Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman

Burlington, Mass.--Lahey Clinic Medical Center announced today that its Heart & Vascular Center has been renamed the Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman Heart & Vascular Center in recognition of the extraordinary generosity of Dr. Emanuel “Manny” and Sheila Landsman. The couple recently increased its previous commitment for capital improvements to the Landsman Heart & Vascular Center.

The Landsmans of Lexington, Mass., have been cared for at Lahey Clinic for the past 13 years. “We have found Lahey to be a great medical center with highly knowledgeable and caring physicians and staff,” said Dr. Landsman. “Sheila and I felt that enhancing the Heart & Vascular Center is the best way to help the thousands of patients and their families who turn to Lahey each year for help.”

"The Landsmans have always been incredibly forward thinking in their philanthropic investments at Lahey," said Lahey Clinic President and CEO David M. Barrett, MD. "Sheila and Manny Landsman previously supported the Hybrid Operating Room and the Family Waiting Area in the Landsman Heart & Vascular Center. Lahey needs more friends like the Landsmans who understand and support the need for state-of-the-art care, delivered with compassion."

The Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman Heart and Vascular Center at Lahey Clinic combines the expertise of multiple disciplines--cardiovascular medicine, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery--to provide a full range of advanced services for patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system. Lahey's multidisciplinary approach to care fosters an environment of open communication and collaboration that translates into life-saving benefits for patients. Due to Lahey Clinic's commitment to research, the Landsman Heart and Vascular Center is recognized nationally and internationally as a center of excellence in the treatment of diabetes and heart disease.

“Cardiovascular disease including disorders of the heart and blood vessels is the leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Dr. Richard W. Nesto, chief medical operations officer and chair of the department of cardiovascular medicine. “The Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman Heart and Vascular Center at Lahey Clinic is uniquely positioned to lead the fight against cardiovascular disease by undertaking medical research and delivering detection, management, and lifesaving services each year to thousands of patients facing the dangers of this disease. We are immensely grateful to Manny and Sheila.”

Dr. Landsman received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating, he worked at MIT's Lincoln Lab. Dr. Landsman is a co-founder, vice president and former director of American Power Conversion Corporation, an electronic development, manufacturing, and sales firm in uninterruptible power supplies, which was recently acquired by Schneider Electric, a French company. He remains a full-time employee of the company in a senior consulting engineering and mentoring role.

His wife, Sheila, worked in the insurance industry in Boston while attending evening classes at Northeastern University. She later worked at Draper Labs at MIT in the purchasing department during the NASA Apollo program during which she met the first seven astronauts. She took a leave of absence in 1961 to follow her husband's ship throughout Europe when he was called to active Navy duty during the Berlin Wall crisis. They visited the wall and took a tour bus through checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin.

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