Jeremy Ruskin, MD, was named the inaugural incumbent of the Omran Alomran Endowed Chair in Cardiology.

Jeremy N. Ruskin, MD, founder and director emeritus of the MGH Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, was honored as the inaugural incumbent of the Omran Alomran Endowed Chair in Cardiology during a celebration on April 14, 2016, in the East Garden Room at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“My experience with MGH confirmed that it is the Rolls Royce of medicine.”

The funds from the chair will bolster research and teaching in cardiac electrophysiology. The chair was made possible through the generosity of Sheikh Omran Alomran, a longtime supporter of Mass General. Sheikh Alomran’s nephew, Hisham Alomran, MD, spoke on his behalf. “As I got into medicine and medical care, I became more aware of the wonderful people who worked here and their expertise,” Dr. Alomran said. “My experience with MGH confirmed that it is the Rolls Royce of medicine.”

The chair celebration coincides with the Division of Cardiology’s 100th anniversary. “MGH is widely known as the birthplace of modern cardiology with Dr. Paul Dudley White as our founding father,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Mass General. “Tonight, we are delighted to honor another outstanding cardiologist, Dr. Jeremy Ruskin.”

Pioneering Research Accomplishments

Katrina Armstrong, chief of the Department of Medicine, emphasized how the chair will propel Mass General’s fight against heart disease in particular. “Cardiology is an extraordinary part of MGH history,” she said. “Heart disease is the number one killer and there is so much more work to be done.”

“It’s really remarkable to see the ripple effect of the number of lives he has touched and where they have gone out into the world to become leaders in the field.”

Anthony Rosenzweig, chief of the Division of Cardiology, underscored Dr. Ruskin’s commitment to patient care and mentorship, saying, “What’s more remarkable than the number of his pioneering research accomplishments is the number of lives he has touched…the number of patients and trainees. It’s really remarkable to see the ripple effect of the number of lives he has touched and where they have gone out into the world to become leaders in the field.”

Dr. Rosenzweig also remarked that: “Dr. Paul Dudley White founded the MGH Cardiac Unit 100 years ago and that Dr. Ruskin has been leading and building the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service for 40 of those 100 years.”

Endowed Chair as Opportunity

Dr. Ruskin is also the program director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program and co-director of the Dean Institute for Integrative Research in Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke and co-director of the MGH Atrial Fibrillation Program. In addition to being an internationally recognized lecturer, Dr. Ruskin has authored more than 450 scientific articles and served as a journal editor for 14 publications.

“What this chair means to me is an opportunity to focus on two things: physiology and mentoring,” Dr. Ruskin said. “It’s pretty extraordinary to be doing what we are doing and where we are doing it. We have opportunities that almost no one else ever gets and I am very grateful for that.”

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