Hearts full of hope

UF Health Congenital Heart Center Director Mark Bleiweis, M.D., was the 2015 honoree at the Alachua American Heart Association Heart Ball , held on Feb. 14, 2015. Bleiweis was honored for his work at UF Health and caring for some of the sickest babies and children in Florida and across the country affected by congenital and acquired heart disease. 

“Dr. Bleiweis is a gifted surgeon,” said F. Jay Fricker, M.D., medical director for the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, and a member of the search committee that selected Bleiweis in 2005. “In more than four decades in pediatric cardiology, I have never experienced any cardiovascular surgeon who is technically better. He is always available to his patients and their families. Dr. Bleiweis is deserving of this honor. I will be forever indebted to him for coming to UF Health and allowing me to experience the miracles that happen in our hospital every day.”

The following videos, which premiered at the ball, share the stories of two families whose lives have been impacted by Dr. Bleiweis. 


Mauricio Hernandez and his wife Martiza de Jesus share their story of hope after an ultrasound reveled their child has hypoplastic left heart syndrome.


Doug and Lori McCary adopted a young girl from China who suffers from hypoplastic right heart syndrome. The McCary's discover the UF Health Congenital Heart Center and surgeon Dr. Bleiweis can help give their newest family member a chance to live life like never before.

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Chris Bilowich

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Broadcast Coordinator of the UF Health and Science Center Office of News and Communications. He has worked in broadcast television news in Orlando, Tampa and Miami. In addition, he has...Read More