The mission of the Aab CVRI is to discover new pathways of disease and to invent new methods to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases. We focus on the following areas of research: Vascular inflammation, heart failure, cardiac ischemia, and thrombosis. We also explore how stress affects components of the cardiovascular system, including endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, cardiac myocytes, and platelets. Our goal is to translate our discoveries in these areas into novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treat people with cardiovascular disease.
Richard T. Aab
Richard T. Aab is an American entrepreneur
and successful businessman. In 2007 he
named the Aab Cardiovascular Research
Institute with a $5 M gift. The Aab CVRI is
In 1996, Mr. Aab co-founded and served as Chairman of US LEC Corp., a leading publicly owned telecommunications carrier based in Charlotte, NC, providing integrated voice, data and Internet services to medium and large businesses and enterprise organizations throughout the United States. US LEC served over 28,000 business customers in 115 markets, employed over 1,000 people and had annualized revenues of approximately $425 million in 2006. US LEC merged with PAETEC Corp., a privately owned leading telecommunications carrier in 2007. The combined entity, PAETEC Corp., serviced business customers in 84 of the 100 largest MSA's, employed 5,000 people and had revenues of over $2.1 billion. Mr. Aab was Vice Chairman and a Director of the combined entity. PAETEC was acquired by Windstream Corp. on November 30, 2011for $2.1 billion.
Prior to US LEC, Mr. Aab founded and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for 14 years of ACC Corp., a highly successful publicly owned telecommunications services company headquartered in Rochester, NY. ACC Corp. was acquired for over $1.1 billion in 1998 and is now part of AT&T . In 2001, Mr. Aab founded and served as Chairman of Ovation Payroll, Inc. a very successful privately held payroll solutions company headquartered in Rochester, New York. When it was acquired by Heartland Payment Systems in December 2012, the company employed approximately 160 people and had annualized revenues approaching $20 million.
Mr. Aab is a Trustee of the University of Rochester as well as a Member of the Board of Governors of the University's Medical Center, and is the benefactor of its research facility the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences in, as well as the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, which was named in his honor in August 2007. Mr. Aab also serves as co-chairman of the University of Rochester Medical Center capital campaign whose mission is to raise $650 million for the institution.
Tansukh V. Ganatra
Profession: Senior Executive in various entities
Education: University of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa : 1961- 1966, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Born in Uganda, East Africa, Mr. Ganatra (age 71 years) migrated to the USA in September 1969 and has spent his entire career in Telecommunications.
He co-founded US LEC Corp. in June 1996, which eventually merged with PAETEC Holding Corp. in March 2007. Subsequent to that merger, Mr. Ganatra served as a Director and Audit Committee Member of the publicly traded PAETEC Holding Corp. until its acquisition by Windstream (NASDAQ Global Select Market-“WIN”) on 12/1/2011.
Prior to his tenure at PAETEC, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of US LEC Corp. from July 1999 until his retirement in December 2001. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer from June 1996 until July 1999. From 1987 to 1996, Mr. Ganatra held various positions with ACC Corp., including serving as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining ACC Corp., Mr. Ganatra held various positions during a 19-year career with Rochester Telephone Corporation (currently known as Frontier Communications), culminating with the position of Director of Network Engineering.
Presently, Mr. Ganatra resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Sarla and son Rajesh and holds Advisory positions in various emerging companies and charity-based institutions. The Ganatra family devotes a lot of time with spiritual/religious, educational and also healthcare based institutions in their commitments to “give back” to the societies.
Louis G. Lange, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Lange has 22 years experience in academic medicine at Harvard and Washington University, where he served as Chief of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at Jewish Hospital from 1985-1992 and was one of the first academicians in molecular cardiology.
(from Asset Management Ventures)