Carl S. Feen to Chair Yale Cardiovascular Research Fund at Yale School of Medicine

Barry L. Zaret, M.D., chief of Yale cardiovascular medicine, has named Carl S. Feen chairman of the board for The Yale Cardiovascular Research Fund.

“Feen’s lifelong commitment to service to others is now extending into health care, specifically cardiovascular disease research,” said Zaret. “He is the right man to lead The Yale Cardiovascular Research Fund.”

The Fund provides key support for emerging physician-scientists. Yale pursues promising, innovative research in the genetics and the molecular biology of cardiovascular disease, as well as health services research.

“Heart disease is a national problem. Close to one million people die of this disease each year, and 50,000 people will die in Connecticut alone,” said Feen, whose parents died of the disease. “My greatest wish is that by the time my grandchildren are grown, there will be a cure. By supporting and encouraging others to support premiere research programs such as Yale’s Cardiovascular Medicine program, I hope to make a world of difference.”

Zaret said, “Carl Feen’s access to Wall Street and Main Street, the White House and the Statehouse, will be a tremendous boost to our research program. With his support, and that of others, Yale’s physician-researchers will develop groundbreaking medical treatments that will dramatically improve the lives of heart patients.”

Feen has a strong record in socioeconomic and political endeavors both in Connecticut and throughout the country. He owns a national financial planning firm, Carl S. Feen & Associates. His expertise in employee benefits prompted President Clinton, in 1996, to name him vice-chairman of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 15-member ERISA Board. Feen represented small business owners. The board regulates pensions and health care.

In 1999, President Clinton appointed Feen to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. At present, he sits on the National Committee for the Performing Arts, serving as the Kennedy Center’s “ambassador” to all performing art centers throughout Connecticut and the United States.

Feen said he feels very strongly about giving back to the state where he lives. He served on the Board of Trustees for Connecticut’s Community-Technical Colleges; he was vice-chair of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. In addition, he served as co-chair for both the United Jewish Appeal-Israel Emergency Fund Campaign and the Israeli Bond Campaign. He sits on the Anti-Defamation League’s regional board of directors.

A graduate of Hillhouse High School and Northeastern University, Feen is a New Haven resident.

Photographs of Feen and Zaret can be obtained by contacting Lisa Quirindongo at: lisa.quirindongo@yale.edu.

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