Lisa Olson, PhD Appointed Executive Director of the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2006 Contact: Anne Banner 202-994-2261
With over 20 years managerial experience in both the non-profit and for-profit market sector, Lisa Olson, PhD has assumed the role of Executive Director of the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Olson will be responsible for its day-to-day management, board expansion and fundraising to support the Institutes mission to advance research, education, and the clinical care of cardiovascular diseases.
Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director of the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Olson served as the founding Executive Director of the Heart Rhythm Foundation (HRF). She established the Foundations 501 (c) (3) status, brand identity, website and served as day-to-day manager for all Foundation activities. She was also the Associate Executive Vice President for the American College of Cardiology.
“We were excited to recruit Dr. Olson to manage the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute because of her extensive management and development experience with both the Heart Rhythm Foundation and American College of Cardiology,” said Richard Katz, MD Director of the Institute and Director, Division of Cardiology.
Prior to HRF, Dr. Olson served as President of a.ha Group, Inc., a marketing and management consulting firm that she created to provide strategic marketing, market research, communications, marketplace analysis, development, business planning, and other consulting services to clients.
Dr. Olson holds a BS in marketing from Arizona State University, MBA in the management of technology and science from The George Washington University, and a PhD in business from The George Washington University. Since 1993 she has held several adjunct faculty positions, most recently with Johns Hopkins University’s Business of Medicine program.
The Cheney Cardiovascular Institute was established by a generous $2.7 million dollar charitable contribution from Vice President Cheney, who has been treated at George Washington University Hospital and GW Medical Faculty Associates, and his wife, Lynne. The multi-disciplinary Institute will be comprised of clinicians and scientists in the departments of Cardiology, Radiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology among others. One of the Institutes first initiatives will be identifying the significance of Genomics and Proteonomics in cardiovascular disease.