The mission of the Gregory M. Hirsch Heart Foundation is to prevent sudden cardiac death in children and young adults by educating doctors, and pro-actively identifying at risk young adults through comprehensive screening and early detection.


The Gregory M. Hirsch Heart Foundation is achieving its goals through a 4 step process:

1 – SCREENING – Pro-actively identify more children and families at risk through comprehensive screening and early detection.

2 – EDUCATION – Increase awareness and understanding among the general public, medical professionals, physical education teachers, and athletic coaches and trainers concerning hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and other conditions that can result in sudden cardiac death. Provide medical professionals within the Center the resources to keep current with changing information and developments.

3 – RESEARCH – Explore the underlying causes of sudden cardiac death and develop more effective screening and treatment methods that will ultimately result in better outcomes.

4 – ADVOCACY – Serve as an advocate for at-risk families.


Gregory M. Hirsch Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
The Gregory M. Hirsch Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, located in the pediatric cardiology department at Hackensack University Medical Center, is dedicated to providing individualized care, treatment and support to patients and families with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It is the first facility established in the area to screen families for HCM. This unique approach enhances care and communication between medical staff and family members.

The Gregory M. Hirsch HCM Center is proud of our inter-disciplinary team approach. Together, experts in cardiology, genetics, radiology, pathology, electrophysiology, Child Life and Social Work Services offer optimal patient care.

Although hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affects 1 in 500 individuals, making HCM a common occurrence, it is often
unrecognized and misdiagnosed. An evaluation by an experienced, knowledgeable team is critical to managing this complex disease. The specialized cardiologists and nurses at the Gregory M. Hirsch Center are trained to recognize the subtleties of HCM.

Knowledge is a key component in managing and living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The Gregory M. Hirsch Center is dedicated to education, not only for the patient and family, but for the lay and professional community as well.