Friday, March 7, 2008

In memoriam: Herman K. Gold, MD

chip goldHerman K. "Chip" Gold, MD, a distinguished member of the MGH Cardiology Division, died March 1 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

A native of Newport News, Va., Gold was well known for his generous spirit, creativity and a tenacious and innovative approach in seeking solutions to problems. Deeply devoted to his patients, Gold maintained an active clinical practice as an interventional cardiologist and was at the forefront of treating patients suffering from heart disease. A mentor to many, he was beloved by those he trained for his caring and thoughtfulness.

Gold received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1965 and after training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, joined the MGH in 1969 as a clinical and research fellow. His research interests included plasminogen activators in the treatment of heart attacks, coronary plaque progression and vascular response to stent placement. Among his many contributions to cardiology practice, Gold was an early proponent of using nitroglycerin for treating acute heart failure, a practice once thought dangerous but now used around the world.

"Dr. Gold embodied the spirit of the MGH," says G. William Dec, MD, chief of the Cardiology Division. "He was a brilliant clinician who was always searching for better ways to care for his patients, and he clearly loved his role as one of the busiest cardiologists at the MGH. His spirit and optimism will be greatly missed."

Gold is survived by his wife Barbara Nath, MD, of the MGH Gastrointestinal Unit, his daughter Lisa, his son Jonathan and his brother Philip W. Gold, MD.

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