On December 12th, American Heart Association President Dr. Donna Arnett, Chair of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee Dr. Elliot Antman, and AHA staff welcomed the new Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gary Gibbons at a reception on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Gibbons spoke about his extensive background with the NIH and the importance of medical research. Also in attendance were the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, and Representatives Donna Christensen, Lois Capps, and Mike Crapo.