Hope Shoutouts

Aortic Hope would like to give a "Shout-Out" to other individuals and organizations within the community.


The John ritter research program

❤️ We are so excited to announce that we are helping the John Ritter Research Program at UTHealth in Houston with their research endeavors...and YOU CAN TOO!

❤️ Please consider participating in this research study to help find alterations in genes (genes are responsible for providing instruction to the body on how it should grow and develop) that trigger aortic dissections so this information can be used in the future to identify individuals at risk.

❤️ This study is for anyone who has had an aortic dissection, especially those with dissections at less than 56 years of age. Anyone who has a thoracic aneurysm or an aortic dissection and also has other family members who have these aortic diseases. *PRETTY MUCH ALL OF YOU READING THIS RIGHT NOW 😊

❤️ Participation requires the following:
- Talk to a member of the John Ritter Research Program so that  you can understand the research
- Sign an informed consent and medical record release so that JRRP can confirm you have thoracic aortic disease
- Provide a family history at the time of enrollment
- Provide a sample of your saliva (spit) for DNA

💗 If you would like to learn more about the study or how to participate, please contact Ellen Hostetler at the John Ritter Research Program by phone at 713-500-6843 or by email at ellen.m.hostetler@uth.tmc.edu. 

Please note that you do not need to travel, or even leave your home to participate!

Aortic disease awareness ribbon

We would like to thank Karl Wohkittel, Graphic Designer, for assisting us with revamping our logo and with the creation of the community Aortic Disease Ribbon car magnet!  He is very creative, professional and timely with his responses.  If you have any graphic design needs, please contact him directly karlwohkittel@outlook.com



The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Aortic Hope is so excited to announce that we will be collaborating with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons on various programs and campaigns that will allow public access to experts, spread awareness about aortic disease issues, and provide patient education to thousands of people.

Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,500 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest.

Mission: Enhance the ability of cardio-thoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy. 

Vision: Improving the lives of patients with cardio-thoracic diseases. 

Core Values: Quality, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, Teamwork.

Please visit their Patient Information Page at https://ctsurgerypatients.org