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William Baumgartner: Biographies
Dr. William Baumgartner
A professor of cardiac surgery, director of the Surgical Research Laboratory and a member of the cardiac surgery division since 1982, and president of the Clinical Practice Association, Dr. Baumgartner oversaw the growth of the heart transplant program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital into one of the country’s leading centers for the surgical treatment of heart failure. He is executive director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He has held top posts in several other national and international professional organizations.
As president of the CPA, a group practice of more than 1,700 full-time Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty members, he is responsible for planning, managing and coordinating the administrative and clinical activities of the association, whose members provide medical care to Johns Hopkins patients.
Dr. Baumgartner’s early work focused on organ preservation for transplantation and determination of methods for the noninvasive diagnosis of transplanted organ rejection. He since has been involved in developing procedures for protecting the neurological functions of cardiac surgery patients, a field for which he has received 16 years’ of continuous support from the National Institutes of Health. In 2002, he received the NIH’s Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award. In 2003, he received the Socrates Teacher of the Year Award from the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association, and in 2008, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons presented him with the Earl Bakken Scientific Research Award.
A graduate of Xavier University and the University of Kentucky Medical School, Dr. Baumgartner received his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center. He has written more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and books.