Eli Chiaviello represents Dr. Lester Sauvage, a world renowned heart surgeon and founder of the Hope Heart Institute who has written Open Your Heart to the Magic of Love: A Healer’s Testament to Health, Happiness and Compassion. During his long cardiovascular surgical career, Dr. Sauvage distinguished himself in ways rarely seen in medical professionals. He appealed to the most human aspects of healing—caring for the “whole person,” not just his patients’ symptoms. He valued and respected each individual’s spiritual needs and recognized the important role a “healthy soul” can play in healing the heart. Eli Chiaviello, co-editor of the book, will talk about this remarkable man and tell his own compelling story as well.
A native San Franciscan, Eli Chiaviello grew up in Ohio, where he attended Ohio State University before returning to California. An administrative professional for over twenty years, Eli has also worked in sidewalk food vending, information technology, copyediting, and biomedical research. For the past fifteen years, he has been assistant to the founder of The Hope Heart Institute, pioneering heart surgeon Lester Sauvage. In his spare time, Eli enjoys backpacking and well-told stories. He is co-editor of Dr. Sauvage’s recent book, Open Your Heart to the Magic of Love.