In gratitude for the Tulane Research Innovation for Arrhythmia Discovery Center’s work in saving his life, an anonymous patient has donated almost $4 million to the center, which is directed by Dr. Nassir Marrouche, professor of medicine.

portrait of Nassir Marrouche at his desk
Dr. Nassir Marrouche is director of the Tulane Research Innovation for Arrhythmia Discovery and professor of medicine.

An anonymous patient credits the work of the Tulane Research Innovation for Arrhythmia Discovery (TRIAD) Center — and Dr. Nassir Marrouche, TRIAD director and professor of medicine — with saving his life. In gratitude, the patient has become one of the center’s biggest philanthropic supporters, donating almost $4 million since 2019.

In 2019, the donor gave $1.5 million to help establish the Cardiac Arrhythmias Fund, which benefits the TRIAD Center. After donating an additional $333,333, he stepped up this year to pledge a new gift of $2.1 million.

“Dr. Marrouche is a brilliant electrophysiologist, and I’m alive and well today because of his innovative techniques and early intervention,” the donor said. “I wanted to ensure that he could do the same for other patients facing similar health conditions.”

“Academic medical centers like Tulane are the best place for medical treatments because the research we conduct advances patient care more rapidly and enables us to save lives,” said Dr. L. Lee Hamm, senior vice president and dean of the School of Medicine. “We’re thankful for our anonymous donor’s generous support of the TRIAD Center, as his gift will fund the important work that may be responsible for saving future cardiac arrhythmia patients.”

The TRIAD Center’s mission extends beyond simply treating arrhythmias when they arise. Marrouche and his team seek to diagnose disorders earlier, help prevent them and slow the effects of aging on the heart. The TRIAD Center developed an experimental model that allows testing of molecular and mRNA approaches to stop aging. The tools will help researchers learn groundbreaking new information about the aging heart and discover innovative ways to prevent heart disease.