Atherosclerosis, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Stress Testing, Valvular Heart Disease
Stephen C. Achuff, M.D. received his M.D. from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1969. After completing his internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as a Fellow in Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, then as a Research Fellow with the American Heart Association. In 1974, at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr. Achuff worked as an Honorary Senior Registrar in the Department of Cardiology. He returned to Johns Hopkins where he became Assistant Director of the Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory as well as Cardiologist for the Lipid Research Clinic. He is a member of the Maryland Society of Cardiology and served on the Executive Board for eight years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and served as Marylands Governor for three years. Dr. Achuff served as Director of Adult Cardiology Clinical Programs for 25 years at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the David J. Carver Emeritus Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is currently apart-time cardiologist at the hospital.
Dr. Achuffs current interests include his involvement in the Readership in Cardiovascular Medicine, a program to raise an endowment to support the career of a junior member of the cardiology faculty whose long-term interests lie in clinical medicine. Young clinicians at Johns Hopkins deserve and require the opportunity to begin their professional careers at a pace that allows time for true scholarship. A Readership is an academic rank, like a professorship or a lectureship, which may be granted for a period of time, and which carries a stipend. Dr. Achuff is invested in this work to provide the equivalent of start-up funding that is often available to those embarking on a research career, but in this case for a junior member of the clinical faculty. This award would give a young clinician the opportunity to spend time in clinical study, teaching and writing, to produce tangible results in the form of publications and academic recognition. Dr. Achuff expects to find the Reader teaching students and residents on the wards or in clinic, immersed in study, or presenting clinical instruction in the classroom, all the while establishing a reputation for clinical judgment, scholarship worthy of promotion in the university, and attracting thereby a clinical practice worthy of a rising star at Johns Hopkins. The quality of medical care and the future of medical education are key factors at such reputable institutions as Johns Hopkins.