Pediatric Cardiologist Langford Kidd Dies

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July 21, 2005

Pediatric Cardiologist Langford Kidd Dies

Professor emeritus of pediatrics Langford Kidd, M.D., died suddenly on July 19, 2005. He was 74.

As Harriet Lane Home Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Kidd served as the director of the division of pediatric cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for almost two decades, starting in 1975.  Highly regarded as an outstanding physician with a strong interest in congenital heart disease and surgical outcomes, Kidd built the division’s research enterprise, focusing on the basic mechanisms of heart function.

A native of Belfast, Kidd received his medical degree from Queen’s University, Belfast. After completing his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and a fellowship in the department of medicine at Edinburgh University and Royal Infirmary in Scotland, Kidd practiced and taught pediatric cardiology at the Hospital for Sick Children of the University of Toronto. Over the next 14 years there he held several positions, including physician-in-charge of the cardiovascular laboratories, and deputy director of the division of pediatric cardiology.

A member of the Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society, and American College of Cardiology, and several Canadian academic societies, Kidd served as President of the Maryland chapter of the American Heart Association. He is the author of numerous academic papers, abstracts and book chapters, and authored two books on congenital heart disease.

An open memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Old St. Paul’s Church, Charles and Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, c/o Office of Development, 100 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201.