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Manish Mehta, MD, MPH, of the Vascular Group has been appointed chair of the $1 million Vascular Education Endowment Fund by Albany Medical College by Dean Vincent Verdile, MD, ’84, in recognition of the significant impact his work in vascular education and research has had on students, residents, fellows and health care providers.

The fund supports vascular educational activities for physicians and health care providers, including scholarships to attend and participate in national and international vascular meetings.

Dr. Mehta founded the Albany Vascular International Academy, which attracts physicians from around the globe to learn about techniques performed at Albany Med and the Center for Vascular Awareness. The Center hosts roundtables several times a year featuring internationally renowned experts and foreign vascular physicians as part of its International Academy. The Center will implement a program this year where Albany Medical College students will teach local high school students how to better manage risk factors that can lead to vascular disease.


Robert Paeglow, MD, ’94, assistant director of Family Medicine Medical Student Education at Albany Medical College, has been invited to give the keynote address at the upcoming “CARE: Cultivating Authenticity, Reflection and Empathy in Medicine” event in Madison, Wisc., sponsored by the Gold Humanism Honors Society of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


Chuanxi Cai, PhD, has been appointed associate professor in the Center for Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr. Cai came from the Institute of Molecular Cardiology at the University of Louisville. His long-term research interests include the development of molecular and cellular therapeutic approaches for preventing myocardial injury, promoting the regeneration following cardiac muscle damage, and treatment for patients with ischemic heart disease.


Xiaochun Long, PhD, has been appointed assistant professor in the Center for Cardiovascular Sciences. He was previously at the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Long’s research interests include the molecular and cellular basis for vascular remodeling underlying atherosclerotic plaque formation, aneurysms, restenosis and vein graft stenosis. She is exploring novel transcriptional regulatory pathways in vascular smooth muscle, including cell type-specific long non-coding RNAs, which could serve as targets for development of innovative vascular disease therapies.