Meet Jed Nuchtern, M.D., of Team Ritter

Jed Nuchtern, M.D., will be one of 15 individuals running to raise money and increase awarenesss of thoracic aortic disease for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF) at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, 2012.  Funds from the NYC Marathon raised for the JRF will go to the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to support research to identify genetic risks for aortic dissections. 

Meet Dr. Nuchtern: 

As a pediatric surgeon who has treated individuals with aortic disease, Jed Nuchtern, M.D., will be running the New York City Marathon in honor of the founder of modern aortic surgery, the late Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. DeBakey pioneered the surgical procedure for repairing aortic aneurysms—a procedure that saved DeBakey’s own life when his aorta dissected at age 94. “I have taken care of many children and adolescents with Marfan syndrome and would like to help raise money for research of aortic disease,” Nuchtern, 56, said. Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that can lead to aortic dissection. Nuchtern started running while in college at Princeton and has nine marathons under his belt, but this will be the first New York Marathon for the native New Yorker. “I enjoy distance running because of the meditation and because it is so different from my daily work,” he said. “Living in Houston, the best time for me to run is before work. I enjoy being out on the roads when they are empty and getting into my groove. I enjoy running a marathon the most when I am on a team, so this is a great opportunity for me.”

Text RITTERJN to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Dr. Nuchtern’s run. Or donate online:

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030





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