Endowment to Better Understand and Seek Cures for Aortic Disease
Sibu and Becky Saha are longtime benefactors of the University of Kentucky. In 2010, they made a very special gift through the Saha Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education to establish the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center Fund. In 2020, they made an additional gift to establish the Saha Aortic Center. This endowment will substantially bolster the exceptional efforts of UK's physician-scientists and researchers to better understand and seek cures for aortic disease.
For nearly 35 years, Sibu and Becky Saha have considered Lexington their home. True to Saha family tradition, they remain steadfast in their community involvement and generous philanthropy. They share a particular passion for scientific research and education that will most certainly improve the lives of all Kentuckians.
Dr. Sibu Saha
Following a distinguished career in private practice, Dr. Saha joined the faculty of the UK College of Medicine in 2002 as professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In addition to an active surgery schedule, Dr. Saha conducts outreach clinics in several rural communities in Eastern Kentucky. He is an avid mentor to surgical residents and medical students and also currently serves as the chair of the Gill Heart Institute Director's Council.
Becky Saha is past president of Friends of the Arboretum. During her tenure as president, Friends of the Arboretum launched a major campaign to establish the Kentucky Children's Garden, which opened in 2011.
Aortic Disease International Leader
This gift will make a critical impact in Kentucky. The major risk factors for aortic disease are smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, which all have a high prevalence in Kentucky. With this gift, the Saha Aortic Center will position the University of Kentucky to be an international leader in the research and care of people with aortic disease.