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For Release: August 16, 2010
David Corriveau, Media-Relations Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at or 603-653-0771.

Catherwood named cardiology chief

Edward Catherwood, M.D., M.S.

Lebanon, N.H.—Edward Catherwood, M.D., M.S., has been named chief of the Section of Cardiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), after serving as interim chief for the past two years. His appointment follows the leadership of Michael Simons, M.D., who directed the section from 2001 to 2008.

A 1997 graduate of Dartmouth's Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (CECS) - now The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice - and an associate professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, Catherwood has focused his research on acute coronary syndromes, with special expertise in cost-effectiveness of anti-arrhythmic therapy in atrial fibrillation and unstable angina. Under his leadership, Dartmouth-Hitchcock recently earned a ranking among the nation's 30 best cardiovascular hospitals in the annual study of the top 100 U.S. hospitals by the healthcare arm of Thomson-Reuters.

In announcing the appointment, Murray Korc, M.D., the chair and the Joseph M. Huber Professor of the Department of Medicine, cited Catherwood's "outstanding job as interim chief," and expressed confidence in his role in advancing "our ultimate goal of developing an integrated cardiovascular center ... in conjunction with the Departments of Surgery and Radiology and appropriate research programs, including the Heart and Vascular Research Center."

As interim chief of cardiology, Catherwood spearheaded development of a program that tracks vital signs, vaccinations, and tests and treatments of patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure- the better to prevent hospital re-admissions and optimize overall health of this patient population. He also is the program director for the cardiovascular disease fellowship, a position he has held since 1996.

Catherwood graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1975, and completed internal medicine and cardiology training at Hahneman University Hospital, also in Philadelphia. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and critical care. He joined the Dartmouth staff in 1989.


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