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Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD Named 2020 Michael H. Keelan Jr., MD Scholar

Milwaukee, October 6, 2020 – Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery and Cardiovascular Center member, is the recipient of the 2020 Michael H. Keelan Jr., MD Scholar Award for her project, “How the Microbiome Mediates Changes in Hypertension After Bariatric Surgery.” This study will help further understanding of how the gut microbiome can be used to treat high blood pressure and support the future manipulation of the gut microbiome, whether through surgical intervention, probiotics, or microbial transplants to resolve obesity-related hypertension and ultimately reduce the mortality risk associated with heart disease and stroke.

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This $50,000 competitive award is made possible by the Michael Keelan, Jr. Research Foundation Grant, an endowment managed by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and designated for cardiovascular research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center. Over the last four years, the Michael Keelan, Jr. Research Foundation Grant has leveraged over $8.7M in extramural funding for junior and mid-level investigators.

The fund, established by the Tendick Family, honors the life and career of Michael H. Keelan, Jr., MD, ’60, whose career as a cardiologist spanned several decades. Dr. Keelan has served as a member on the Cardiovascular Center Board.

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