MRZ Research

The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation helps to fund the research of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) at the Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) at the University of California, San Francisco.

300,000 Americans live with AVMs and many of those die each year. AVM is a congenital disorder of blood vessels in the brain, brainstem or spinal cord. Therapies include active surveillance, medication, cerebral angiogram, and interventional neuroradiology.

Dr. John Pile-Spellman is an international leader in Interventional Neuroradiology and has developed a number of innovative new approaches to the endovascular treatment of a variety of cerebral vascular disorders.  He is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Winthrop University Hospital.

Dr. Mervyn Maze is the Acting Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Professor and Chair of Anesthesia/Perioperative Care.

Dr. Hua Su is the Associate Director for Basic Science Research at the CCR. She and fellow researchers are investigating the pathogenesis of the AVM formation and progression. Understanding the mechanisms of AVM pathogenesis will help to develop specific therapies that will improve patient’s quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.

Our ultimate goal is to find a cure.  These exceptional Doctors are focusing their efforts on this mission.