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Peter Libby, MD, is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Libby directs the D.W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center at Harvard. His current major research focus is the role of inflammation in vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. Dr. Libby has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research accomplishments, including the 2006 Distinguished Scientist Award of the American College of Cardiology. His areas of clinical expertise include general and preventive cardiology.

An author and lecturer on cardiovascular medicine and atherosclerosis, Dr. Libby has published extensively in medical journals including Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature. He is Editor-in-Chief of the coming edition of Braunwald's Heart Disease. Dr. Libby has also contributed the chapters on the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of atherosclerosis to Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. He has held numerous visiting professorships and has been selected to deliver over 50 named or keynote lectures throughout the world. In 2007, Dr. Libby will deliver numerous named lectures, including the Mikamo Lecture at the Japanese Circulation Society, the Lichtlen Lecture in Davos, Switzerland, the Wiggers Lecture in Ohio, and the Chapman Lecture at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Libby's professional memberships include the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and honorary membership in the British Atherosclerosis Society. He is the immediate past President of the Association of University Cardiologists. He has served in many roles as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, including chairman of several research committees and member of the executive committees of the Councils on Arteriosclerosis, Circulation, and Basic Science. He has frequently served as a consultant to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), including a 5-year term on the Board of Scientific Councilors. He was the recipient of a MERIT Award from the NHLBI.

Dr. Libby earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women's Hospital). He also holds an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.


Dr. Zipes received his B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1961, his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1964 and his postgraduate training at Duke University Medical Center from 1964 to 1968. He joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970 and became Professor of Medicine in 1976, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1994, and Director of the Cardiology Division and Krannert Institute of Cardiology in 1995. He is past president of the: Indianapolis Opera; Cardiac Electrophysiology Society; Association of University Cardiologists; North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Society; and American College of Cardiology and past chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (1990-2004) and is now the founding editor of Heart Rhythm, the new journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has published almost 800 articles and 18 textbooks. From the American Heart Association he has received the Distinguished Achievement Award (1989), the Herrick Award (1997), and the Cor Vitae Award (2004). He has received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Society (1995) as well as from the American College of Cardiology (1996), and the Cardiostim Medal (2006). He is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and Master of the American College of Cardiology. In 2001, he received the "Sagamore of the Wabash" from the Governor of Indiana, Frank O'Bannon, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen of Indiana, and in 2004, the Hon Baron P. Hill, House of Representatives, read a tribute about Dr. Zipes into the Congressional Record. To celebrate his tenure as Division Chief, the following were endowed: the Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology and the Joan and Douglas Zipes Visiting Professorship, both at Indiana University; the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Lectureship at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions; and the Douglas P. Zipes, MD Distinguished Young Scientist Award at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions. He has been recognized as an Awardee of 75 Years of Medical Excellence, Duke University Medical Center, an Honorary Foreign Member of the Argentine Society of Cardiology 2007, and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Duke University Medical Alumni Association 2007. He has a regular column for the Saturday Evening Post called "Heart Health: Ask Dr. Zipes". He has published a short story serialized in the Saturday Evening Post called "Stolen Hearts" and a travel story "Into Africa". His outside interests include fiction writing, opera, and family. He has three children and five grandchildren.

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