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10.15.2013

Succeeding His Mentors, Mauro Moscucci Edits New Edition of Classic Cardiology Textbook

Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, is the editor of the latest edition of “Grossman & Baim’s Cardiac Catheterization, Angiography and Intervention,” a classic cardiology textbook originally co-edited by two of his mentors and used by generations of cardiologists, residents and fellows around the world.

Published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and released on October 7, the 8th edition includes updated chapters and 12 new ones that reflect the rapid evolution and growing clinical use of hemodynamic data and of imaging and interventional techniques.

“It has been an exciting journey, with long hours of night and weekend work, and I am extremely proud and honored to carry on the legacy of my mentors, Drs. William Grossman and Donald Baim,” Moscucci said.

Noting that cardiologists around the world have long relied on Grossman & Baim’s, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said it is “utmost deserved for Mauro to take over the new editorship of this textbook for two icons of the cardiology world. Mauro is not only an extraordinary cardiologist and professor of medicine, but an outstanding researcher who has established and shared quality, safety and risk assessment improvements that over the years have benefitted so many patients,” the Dean said. “Now, as editor of the 8th edition of Grossman & Baim’s, he adds another milestone to his list of accomplishments, a milestone that will be invaluable for current and future cardiologists everywhere.”

A pioneer in research on diastolic function of the left ventricle, Grossman, the Charles and Helen Schwab Endowed Chair in Preventive Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, published the first edition bearing only his name more than three decades ago. He was joined in editing successive editions by Baim, who was widely regarded as one of the founders and pioneers of interventional cardiology. The Director of Interventional Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from 1981 to 2000, Baim died unexpectedly at age 60 in 2009, three years after the 7th edition was published. At the time, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for Boston Scientific.

Moscucci served under both experts at Beth Israel Deaconess, Harvard Medical School’s teaching hospital, where he completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology.

Under Moscucci’s leadership, the 8th edition has been expanded by 12 chapters, including such topics as Integrated Imaging Modalities in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab; Radial Artery Approach; Pitfalls in the Evaluation of Hemodynamic Data; Evaluation of Tamponade, Constrictive, and Restrictive Physiology; Pericardiocentisis, Balloon Pericardiotomy, and Epicardial Approach to Cardiac Procedures; Interventions with Cell Therapies; and Aortic Endovascular Grafting. An online companion to the book includes 170 cases and more than 900 videos.

Moscucci is no stranger to the role of editor. He also served as editor of the textbook, “Complications of Cardiovascular Procedures: Risk Factors, Management, and Bailout Techniques,” published in 2010.

He joined the Miller School faculty in 2008 from the University of Michigan, where he served as director of interventional cardiology services, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and associate chief of cardiology. In Michigan, he worked with other doctors, hospitals, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to develop a statewide registry of percutaneous coronary interventions used to assess risks and improve patient care and outcomes.

He earned his M.D. from the University of Rome and completed fellowships in cardiology and clinical pharmacology at the University of Chicago, before pursuing his interventional cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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