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University of Michigan announces Eric J. Topol Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine
Date:10/26/2011

SAN DIEGO The University of Michigan Medical School today announced the establishment of the Eric J. Topol Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine. A world-renowned cardiologist, Dr. Topol is currently chief academic officer at Scripps Health and a senior cardiologist practitioner at Scripps Clinic.

Dr. Topol was a faculty member at the University of Michigan from 1985-1991, a time of rapid advancement in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. During his time with the university, he served as professor of internal medicine, and later director of the cardiac catheterization labs and the interventional cardiology program in the university's department of internal medicine.

Approved by the University of Michigan's Board of Regents, the creation of this new professorship represents a relatively rare event at the school. It was initiated to honor Dr. Topol's many clinical and research contributions to the subspecialty of interventional cardiology, both to the University of Michigan and the medical field at large. This professorship will support the academic endeavors of a senior University of Michigan faculty member with expertise in cardiovascular medicine.

The inaugural recipient of the professorship is Dr. Stanley Chetcuti, director of the cardiac catheterization labs at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Chetcuti trained under Dr. Topol at the Cleveland Clinic, where Dr, Topol chaired the department of cardiovascular medicine for 15 years and raised its status to rank No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report for 11 straight years.

Dr. Topol was instrumental in defining the role of coronary thrombolysis as a lifesaving treatment for acute myocardial infarction. He also has made seminal contributions in understanding the role of platelets, percutaneous coronary interventions and genetics in acute coronary syndromes. He has been recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) to be
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Contact: Steve Carpowich
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Scripps Health
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