University of Utah doctor performs historic first procedure using new technique of retrograde gene therapy on a human heart


Ernie Lively moved to a scenic home in the mountains of Wasatch County to escape the hectic pace of Hollywood when he retired.

The actor, who resides in Heber City with his wife Elain has credentials that include a long list of TV and film appearances, including Passenger 57 and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants —the latter that he starred in with his daughter, Blake.

But retirement didn’t provide Lively with the active lifestyle he craved because of simple reality: His heart was failing.  He’d suffered a massive heart attack in 2003, which left him functioning on half a healthy heart.  As time marched on, his ejection fraction —the measurement of the percentage of blood leaving the heart each time it contracts —continued to decline.

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Professor of Biochemistry at Spring Arbor University (SAU) in Spring Arbor, MI. Have been at SAU since 1999. Author of The Stem Cell Epistles. Before that I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA (1997-1999), and Sussex University, Falmer, UK (1994-1997). I studied Cell and Developmental Biology at UC Irvine (PhD 1994), and Microbiology at UC Davis (MA 1986, BS 1984).