Bolli, Ouseph honored at 2014 Doctors' Ball

Event honors regional providers for medical breakthroughs, leading-edge research and outstanding patient care.
Bolli, Ouseph honored at 2014 Doctors' Ball

Drs. Roberto Bolli (left) and Rosemary Ouseph (right) of the UofL Department of Medicine were honored at the 2014 Doctors' Ball in Louisville.

A pair of doctors from the University of Louisville Department of Medicine were honored at the recent Doctors' Ball held October 18 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

Roberto Bolli, M.D., FAHA, Chief of the UofL Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Rosemary Ouseph, M.D., MSPH, of the UofL Division of Nephrology & Hypertension earned accolades at the 19th annual event.

Bolli earned the Excellence in Research Award, citing his groundbreaking SCIPIO trial exploring the use of adult stem cells to repair heart muscle damaged by a heart attack.

SCIPIO has been termed "groundbreaking." With 600,000 patients each year in need of heart transplants and only about 3,000 transplantable hearts a year available, Bolli and colleagues sought a way to repair the heart and restore its function more efficiently than expensive and potentially problematic mechanical cardiac assist devices.

Ouseph garnered the Compassionate Physician Award for her work in caring for patients who have received kidney transplants, and the physical an emotional care they need as they recover.

She is so skilled at handling the effects of any sort of transplantation on the lives of patients that she also works with UofL's hand transplant program. Fellow doctors call her an "indefatigable advocate" for patients who face the potentially deadly risk of organ rejection.

Presented by KentuckyOne Health, The Doctors' Ball bestows prestigious awards for excellence in leadership, innovation and service. Nearly 750 of the most prominent individuals in Louisville gathered for this elegant dinner, dance and silent auction, which is now in its 19th year.

Proceeds benefit the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation which invests in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of health caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.