Friday, June 13, 2014

Guiney named the Paul Dudley White, MD, Distinguished Service Chair in Cardiology

LASTING LEGACY: From left, Slavin; Thoralf Sundt, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center; James McFarland, MD, Heart Center physician; Katrina Armstrong,  MD, MSCE, MGH physician-in-chief; Lois de Menil; Guiney; George de Menil; and G. William Dec, MD, chief of Cardiology

The late Paul Dudley White, MD, widely known as the father of modern cardiology, started practicing at the MGH nearly a century ago. He brought the first electrocardiogram to the U.S., founded the MGH Cardiac Unit, helped found the American Heart Association, and dedicated his life’s work to preventive heart medicine.

In honor of White’s legacy, the MGH recently established the Paul Dudley White, MD, Distinguished Service Chair in Cardiology. Donors, staff, family and friends gathered May 5 at the MGH Richard B. Simches Research Center to celebrate the new chair and its first incumbent, Timothy Guiney, MD, of the MGH Cardiology Division. The chair was established through the support of George de Menil, PhD, and Lois de Menil, PhD, as well as Guiney’s many grateful patients, colleagues, family and friends.

“Dr. Guiney is the ideal recipient for this chair,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, one of several speakers at the event. “A straight talker with a dry sense of humor, Dr. Guiney is universally beloved by his patients for good reason. He is a superb cardiologist who has devoted more than 40 years of his career caring for patients with the most severe heart conditions.”

In addition to his role in the Cardiology Division, Guiney has led several major initiatives, including founding and directing the Exercise Testing Laboratory and serving as the first medical director of the MGH International Patient and Family Center. For the last 25 years, Guiney has collaborated with Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, visiting on a weekly basis, year-round to treat cardiac patients. He also played a pivotal role in establishing the formal relationship that brought Martha’s Vineyard Hospital into the Partners HealthCare System and served on its board of trustees. Upon his retirement, the chair will be renamed the Timothy E. Guiney, MD, Distinguished Service Chair in Cardiology.

“Dr. White established a standard to which we all should aspire,” said Guiney. “I am grateful for the honor of being appointed to a chair that bears his name.”

Read more articles from the 06/13/14 Hotline issue.


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