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UT Cardiologist Leads Local American Heart Association Board
David D. McPherson, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Cardiology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has been elected president of the board of directors of the American Heart Association’s Houston Division.
He was selected by the organization’s board members, who based their decision on McPherson’s experience as a researcher, tenure with the organization and overall leadership in the field of cardiology. McPherson will serve as president for the 2007-2009 term.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to educate people of all ages in the Houston area about heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the United States,” said McPherson, medical director of the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center. “We have a chance to provide lifesaving education to children and adults by promoting the latest, most accurate information about heart disease, prevention and treatment.”
McPherson is an established clinical and basic science researcher in cardio-vascular imaging and vascular biology who has received continual funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.
“The Houston Board is privileged to have the opportunity to work with a physician of Dr. McPherson’s caliber,” said Wayne McConnell, American Heart Association chairman of the board. “His expertise in the field of cardiovascular disease research, treatment and prevention is exactly what we need to help reach our 2010 impact goal of reducing disability and death from heart disease and stroke by 25 percent.”
McPherson received his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Canada in 1978 and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Dalhousie University in Canada. McPherson, who is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and echocardiography, completed an additional fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Before joining the faculty at the UT Medical School at Houston, he was the director of cardiology research at Northwestern University for 17 years.
By Meredith Raine, Institutional Advancement
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