Lowell Lecture

How Cancer Can Impact Our Hearts: The Intersection of Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Health Inequities

Date & Time

May 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Museum of Science
1 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
Driving Directions


Katya Ravid (Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, Biology), Vipul Chitalia (Associate Professor of Medicine), Michael Gaziano (Professor of Medicine), and Emelia Benjamin (Professor of Medicine)

Presenting Organization

Museum of Science


Current Affairs Politics Science


SubSpace (subspace@mos.org, 617-723-2500)

Katya Ravid, DSc, Barbara E. Corkey Endowed Professor of Medicine, and founding director of the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, and Boston University Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office, along with Vipul Chitalia, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Michael Gaziano, MD, and Professor of Medicine, as they explore the intersection of Cancer, Cardiovascular disease and health inequities in an enlightening evening of groundbreaking research and conversations representing the newly created American Heart Association Center: Cancer-Associated Thromboembolism as Affected by Health Disparities (CAT-HD) at Boston University School of Medicine.

Data from the Veteran Health Administration and Boston Medical Center are being used to study the increased risk people with cancer have for developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), a blood clot that starts in the vein. These three dynamic investigators will take the stage at the Museum of Science, Boston, each providing integrative perspectives, followed by a discussion moderated by Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM a Boston University School of Medicine Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology with expertise in health disparities research and education.


Cancer prevalence in context of health inequities—Dr. Vipul Chitalia (Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center)

Cardiovascular disease prevalence in context of health inequities-Dr. Michael Gaziano (Harvard Medical School and Veteran Administration)

Why some cancers increase the propensity for cardiovascular disease- Dr. Katya Ravid (Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University)

Discussion moderator: Dr. Emelia Benjamin (Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center)

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

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