The long road to heart transplant

U-M patient shares the pain and joy


Daniel Silverman has faced death more times that he’d like to think about. But through the years — 21 to be exact — and the many heart-related emergencies he’s experienced, he has never once asked: “Why me?”

This 59-year-old heart transplant patient is especially grateful to be alive today, and is thankful for his heart donor and for the cardiovascular team at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. But the road to his successful heart transplant has been a long and difficult one.

From the beginning

Daniel’s heart issues were first discovered during a routine physical in 1995. While living in Chicago, the then 39-year-old was diagnosed with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) or irregular heartbeats. He had no symptoms at the time and was treated with ACE inhibitors to keep his heart beating at a steady rhythm. Continue reading

Claire Duvernoy and Frank Bogun — The language of love

In recognition of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, we’re bringing you love stories about members of our Cardiovascular team, including how they met and fell in love. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know the couples among our faculty and staff!


Claire Duvernoy, Frank Bogun and their children, Max and Lulu

Claire Duvernoy and Frank Bogun remember the exact day they met. They were at the University of Michigan Hospital in a busy afternoon clinic at Taubman Center — she as a second year cardiology fellow and he as a newly arrived advanced cardiac electrophysiology fellow.

It was Frank’s German characteristics (tall, slender build and wire-rim glasses) that made him stand out in the crowd for Claire, whose parents were from Swabia, a small southern region of Germany. Claire had also lived in Germany for a few years as a young child, where her father served in the United States Army after her parents became U.S. citizens. Back in the United States, Claire remembers speaking mostly Swabian — the regional dialect — in her home growing up. Continue reading