Stories of the Relentless

Series One

Opening Series - A Relentless Force in a Time of Crisis: Leadership, Healing & Volunteerism

This opening three-part series is an intimate glimpse into the hearts, souls and minds of three distinctive leaders at the American Heart Association during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Episode 1: Heart of a Leader, CEO Nancy Brown

What are you relentless about achieving in this lifetime? What happens when the greatest pandemic in over 100 years hits and you bear responsibility for millions who are now more vulnerable due to living with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stroke and other co-morbidities? What happens when those challenges are layered with social and economic inequities that directly impact health? This opening three-part series gives you an intimate glimpse into the hearts, souls and minds of three distinctive leaders who, like many others, are fighting harder than they ever have to protect those that they serve during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meet American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation and finally, Dr. Comilla Sasson, Vice President for Science & Innovation, Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Connect with all three as they reveal personal, life-changing stories and an insider’s view into where they come from, how that inspires them, what keeps them up at night, and as a result, what they are relentless about achieving.

View the Transcript of Episode 1 - Heart of a Leader

Episode 2: Heart of a Healer, Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention

Many of us go to work every day hoping that our work means something to someone. We give our all wanting our efforts to sufficiently measure up against the challenge. But when, at one point in your career, you’re fighting for the health of 23 million patients, it takes a true passion for humanity to deliver what’s necessary for improving health outcomes. Meet the relentless physician who never thought of giving up- Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation, shares perspective changing stories from chapters of his career and personal life. Listen and be moved as he takes us on a journey that paints a very clear picture of what it means to truly care for your fellow man.

View the transcript of Episode 2 - Heart of a Healer

Eduardo Sanchez

Episode 3: The Heart of a Volunteer, Dr. Comilla Sasson, Vice President for Science & Innovation Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Courage and sacrifice are two very important factors in deciding to raise your hand and willingly go into the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in one of the hardest hit cities in the country- she is the essence of both. Dr. Comilla Sasson, Vice President for Science & Innovation, Emergency Cardiovascular Care, who just returned from volunteering in a NYC emergency room during Covid-19, reveals why she decided to drop everything and go! Her passion was so strong that she couldn’t sit still. She shares how that experience changed her life, what this meant for her family and what prepared her for this moment in time.

View the transcript of Episode 3 - Heart of a Volunteer