Eugene Braunwald, M.D.Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Founding Chairman, Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infraction Study Group

    Eugene Braunwald, M.D. is the Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the founding Chair of the TIMI Study Group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Braunwald trained at New York University School of Medicine and served his Medical Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He served as Chief of Cardiology and as Clinical Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and founding Chair of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. From 1972 to 1996, he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women Hospital. From 1980 to 1989 he also served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital and Blumgart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was a founding trustee and Chief Academic Officer of Partners HealthCare System. For the past 34 years, he and his colleagues at the TIMI Study Group demonstrated improved outcome with a patent coronary artery which led to the widely accepted “open artery hypotheses.” They were the first to show the benefit of preventing adverse remodeling of the infarcted ventricle with ACE inhibition. Dr. Braunwald was an editor of Harrison Principles of Internal Medicine for 12 editions, and the founding editor of Heart Disease, the most influential textbooks in their fields. Science Watch listed Dr. Braunwald as the most frequently cited author in Cardiology. He has received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Scientist and Lifetime Achievement Awards of the American College of Cardiology, Research Achievement, and Herrick Awards of the American Heart Association, and the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology. He received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Oxford and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from twenty-two other distinguished universities on three continents. The American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology have established annual lectures in his name. Harvard University established the Eugene Braunwald endowed Chair in Medicine. Dr. Braunwald was the first adult cardiologist elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. The living Nobel Prize winners in medicine voted Dr. Braunwald as “the person who has contributed the most to cardiology in recent years.”