Clyde Yancy appointed Chief of Cardiology
Clyde Yancy appointed chief of cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine effective January 2011.
I am pleased to announce that Clyde W. Yancy, MD, has been named the Magerstadt professor and chief of the division of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Yancy's medical appointments include serving as associate director of clinical programs for the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
Most recently the medical director for Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute and the chief of cardiothoracic transplantation for Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Dr. Yancy is the immediate-past president of the American Heart Association (AHA).
It is tremendously exciting to welcome a cardiologist as accomplished and highly esteemed as Dr. Yancy. His clinical leadership will enable us to continue to build upon our exceptional track record in quality and outcomes for cardiovascular patients. His depth of experience expands the strengths of our medical leadership and emphasizes our commitment to excellence in our cardiovascular services in research, and in training.
In addition to his role at Northwestern, Dr. Yancy currently serves on the executive committee for the Heart Failure Society of America, the guidelines task force for the American College of Cardiology and holds numerous appointments for AHA. He is also the immediate-past chair of the Food and Drug Administration's cardiovascular device panel, for which he continues to serve as an ad hoc adviser.
Dr. Yancy's academic and professional interests include hypertension, heart failure and heart transplantation, and ethnic and racial disparities in cardiovascular disease. He currently has participants in more than 30 multi-center clinical research studies. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 contributions in medical literature and has received numerous industry honors including the "Cardiologists-In-Training" hero award from the national Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc, 2006 and AHA's national "Physician of the Year.”
He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he later served as professor of medicine and medical director of heart failure and heart transplant programs. He left Southwestern in 2006 to lead Baylor University Medical Center's cardiothoracic transplant program and the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute.
Additional members of the Northwestern Medicine community have shared their enthusiasm regarding Dr. Yancy’s appointment:
“The recruitment of Dr. Yancy gives us a leader with the skill and background to advance all mission areas of our cardiovascular program,” said Jeff Glassroth, interim dean at Feinberg.
“We anticipate that Dr. Yancy will accelerate our upward momentum as we construct this outstanding cardiovascular team. He's an internationally recognized star in clinical medicine and heart transplant, and a superb medical scholar. On a personal level he is also very humble and has a great sense of humor. We couldn't be happier to have him,” said Dr. Patrick M. McCarthy, director of Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and chief, for its division of cardiac surgery, as well as the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery at Feinberg.
As we welcome Dr. Yancy, I also wish to thank Dr. Robert Bonow, Max and Lilly Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology, vice chairman of the Department of Medicine and director of the Center for Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, for his extraordinary 19 years of service as chief of the Division of Cardiology. We are grateful for his steady leadership, under which our program in cardiovascular disease experienced steady growth in clinical and research programs over the past decade. Dr. Bonow will work closely with Dr. Yancy to ensure a smooth transition, and plans to continue his nationally recognized research and teaching in a variety of cardiac diseases, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and heart failure, at Feinberg.
As we move toward our goal of becoming a top tier academic medical center, I know the entire Northwestern community joins me in welcoming Dr. Yancy and thanking Dr. Bonow. We are fortunate to have such outstanding leadership in the Division of Cardiology.
Douglas E. Vaughan, MD
Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine,
Chair, Department of Medicine
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"Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment, cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death worldwide. Officials estimate that more than 860,000 Americans die annually from conditions like heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and other diseases of the circulatory system. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently hosted a symposium highlighting how the university and its affiliates are partnering to curb these statistics and strengthen heart health." read full article
At a panel discussion regarding transforming cardiac care held at NMH on November 17, Dr. Douglas E. Vaughan, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, announced the appointment of Dr. Yancy to this leadership role. Panelists Drs. Donald Lloyd Jones, Douglas Losordo and Neil Stone were effusive in their praise for Dr. Yancy and for Dr. Robert Bonow, who has led the division of cardiology for eighteen years.
During this time, Dr Bonow brought tremendous prominence to Northwestern through his international reputation and scholarly achievements. Dr. Yancy was the president of the American Heart Association from 2009-10 and is a national expert in congestive heart failure. With his recruitment, Northwestern adds to their array of prestigious talent in the field of cardiology, spanning topics such as cutting edge therapeutics, risk assessment, and disease prevention