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study in this area, nor the larger, NIH-funded study, based on those original findings, would have been possible without the endowed chair position and the support of the Bradley Family. What differentiates Baylor from other health care organizations? The Cardiovascular Research Review Committee (CVRRC) is incredibly important to me and is very unique to Baylor. Funding from the Foundation supports the CVRRC, which provides support for investigator-initiated studies. This intramural funding mechanism provides “seed” funding for pilot or exploratory studies. That can then form the basis for grant applications to organizations for further research and quality improvement. To what do you attribute your success? Being curious; being tenacious, having grit! By that I mean to really, really keep trying — don’t give up! Empathy is also critical. I always say to my students and interns, the best thing you can have is a love for knowledge and an education because this combination will open the doors to address your questions about the world and your place in it. Learn as much as possible and if you try hard, you can maximize the probability to reach your goals. Every day I try to solve something new, ask a new question and then work hard to find an answer. It should go without saying that none of this would have been possible without the support of my mentor and my family. “The best thing you can have is a love for knowledge and an education because this combination will open the doors to address your questions about the world and your place in it.” – Dr. Giovanni Filardo 21