Friday, September 26, 2014

Januzzi first incumbent of Hutter Family Professorship

FROM THE HEART: From left, Januzzi; Hutter’s wife, Sylvia; the Irving’s daughter, Sarah; Arthur Irving; Hutter; and Sandra Irving

James Januzzi, MD, director of the MGH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, was honored Sept. 8 in a ceremony at Harvard Medical
School (HMS) as the first incumbent of the Hutter Family Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Cardiology. The professorship was established with a gift from Arthur and Sandra Irving through the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation in honor of Adolph Hutter, MD, director of the MGH Cardiac Performance Program, to recognize and thank Hutter for the excellent cardiac care Arthur Irving has received at the MGH.

“As Robert Service, Arthur Irving’s favorite poet said, ‘Now a promise made is a debt unpaid,’” said Hutter. “I promise you, Arthur, that our debt to you will be paid many times over by the productivity that you will have enabled by this professorship.”

Nancy Tarbell, MD, HMS dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, hosted the event, which featured remarks by Tarbell; Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, physician-in-chief of the MGH Department of Medicine; Hutter; Januzzi; and Irving.

“This professorship is a great honor to Adolph and is a fitting tribute to a superb physician and teacher,” said Slavin. “I can think of no one more deserving to be the first incumbent for the Hutter Family Professorship than Jim Januzzi, who has devoted more than 20 years of his career to caring for patients with some of the most serious heart conditions.”

Januzzi has been a member of the MGH Cardiology Division since 2000. An active clinician, Januzzi has a large practice focused on heart failure as well as coronary artery disease. An internationally recognized teacher and researcher, he also has mentored and inspired many young cardiologists. As a scientist, he is an international leader in the development and use of biomarkers to diagnose and treat several forms of heart disease, including heart failure. He has published more than 400 manuscripts, edited three textbooks, participated in numerous guidelines committees and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. He also has served as the cardiology consultant to the Boston Red Sox since 2005.

“It is an exceptional honor to be recognized as the inaugural incumbent of the Hutter Family Professorship,” said Januzzi. “Dr. Hutter is a giant among cardiologists, a true role model and someone who has had a truly major impact on my career. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have been selected for this title.”

Upon Hutter’s retirement, the professorship will be renamed the Adolph M. Hutter Jr. Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Cardiology.



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