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Sanfords Dr Stys named to American Heart Association Board of Directors

Tom Stys, MD, FSCAI, FACC, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate

Tomasz P. Stys, MD, FSCAI, FACC

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Tom Stys, MD, FSCAI, FACC, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2009. In this role, Dr. Stys will help lead the achievement of the association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through oversight of local revenue generation and health impact activities.

"I am honored to be chosen for this important role," says Dr. Stys. "The American Heart Association is one of the most respected non-profit organizations in the world, and its mission is one close to my heart."

Dr. Stys currently serves as Interventional Cardiologist at Sanford Clinic Heart Partners in Sioux Falls. He specializes in noninvasive, invasive and interventional cardiovascular diseases and peripheral endovascular. Dr. Stys has been with Sanford since 2004, and has worked as a cardiologist since 2002. Dr. Stys has also authored dozens of publications on cardiovascular issues, and is currently participating in several research studies examining cardiovascular issues.

"We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Stys' background and knowledge representing South Dakota and the surrounding states on the Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors," says Darrin Smith, Senior Director for the American Heart Association in South Dakota. "He will bring a wonderful perspective to our work in the state and across the affiliate."

The Midwest Affiliate, the largest of eight regional affiliates of the American Heart Association, comprises 11 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit