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Boston Medical Center cardiologist Gary Balady, M.D., receives AHA's Paul Dudley White Award
Date:4/28/2014

f the Year by the AHA in 2010, Balady established the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program at BMC. Now one of the leading programs in the region and in the country, it was considered pioneering two decades ago when most programs focused primarily on exercise alone. At BMC, Balady instituted a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to preventive and rehabilitation cardiac care combining exercise training, nutrition and weight management, smoking cessation, and cholesterol management. The program has served more than 4,000 patients.

"Dr. Balady is a compassionate doctor with a meticulous approach to care," said Boston Medical Center President and CEO Kate Walsh. "He always takes the time to listen to our patients' concerns, many of whom have suffered a recent cardiac event. He is able to guide them back to health with more awareness and a greater sense of well-being."

Recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to exercise physiology and preventive and rehabilitation cardiology, Balady's research focuses on exercise testing and training of cardiac patients. With nearly 150 publications to his credit, he is particularly interested in the physiologic changes that occur in the cardiovascular system with regular exercise, as well as the assessment of outcomes after cardiac rehabilitation. As chair and member of several AHA and American College of Cardiology writing groups, Balady has been instrumental in generating guidelines for exercise testing, training and preventive cardiology.

"Dr. Balady also is an outstanding educator," says Boston University School of Medicine Dean Karen Antman. "He teaches his patients, trainees, colleagues and the community at large about cardiovascular health and disease, as well as echocardiography. He is an excellent mentor to our trainees and junior faculty guiding them on clinical research projects, providing opportunities within the AHA, such as committees and writing groups, and of
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Contact: Gina DiGravio
gina.digravio@bmc.org
617-638-8480
Boston University Medical Center
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