Race L. Kao - Carroll H. Long Chair of Excellence

 Race Kao

The Carroll H. Long Chair of Excellence for Surgical Research was announced in 1989 and named in honor of Johnson City native and Professor Emeritus Dr. Carroll Hardy Long. The Chairholder, Dr. Race L. Kao was recruited in 1992 in addition to his duties as Professor in the Department of Surgery at East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine. The primary functions of the Chairholder are:

  • To advise and guide the resident in research
  • To promote the faculty research involvement
  • To supervise the student learning research procedures
  • To support the departmental teaching activities
  • To present and publish scientific findings
  • To obtain funding for research projects
  • To serve as consultant to other department
  • To strengthen the institutional teaching, patient care and research programs
  • To enhance the institutional recognition by public and professional communities
Dr. Race L. Kao, an internationally recognized cardiovascular researcher, has served as a reviewer and consultant for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, and on the Research Peer Review Committee for the American Heart Association. The Chair is currently managing more than ten research projects and training residents and students. Gold Medal Awards and 1st Place Awards at Research Forums have been achieved by those residents and students.  The Chair is the primary investigator for more than $700,000 in research funding. The Chair has more than 50 publicaitons and has been editing a book since 1992 (the inception year of the Chair). The Chairholder belongs to all pertinent national and international professional organizations and has been honored as Who's Who in the World, International Man of the Year, Who's Who Worldwide, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the East, Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of American, and Who's Who in the South and Southeast.

He serves as a reviewer for multiple professional journals and is a member of the East Tennessee State University Research Advisory Committee, LCME Research Committee, and Executive Council of the Cardivascular Research Institute. The major breakthrough in the research area is using one's own myoblasts to repair and improve the injured or failing heart. Cardiovascular disease remains the top killer in the United States. There are 13.5 million Americans with coronary heart disease and 1.5 million people suffering a heart attack in a given year. Congestive heart failure affects 4 million Americans and causes 400,000 deaths each year. The implanted myoblasts can form new heart muscle and restore the funciton of an ailing heart. The success of this project has the potential to benefit millions of patients suffering from heart disease.

Current Projects - Race L. Kao, Ph.D

  • "Myocardial Regeneration"
  • "Fatigue Resistant Muscle for Cardiac Assistance"
  • "Role of Nonclassical Transmitters in Cardiac Ganglia"
  • "Methods to Assess the Adequacy of Cardioplegia"
  • "Preconditioning of Pig Cardiomyocytes"