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James A. Shaver, M.D.
James A. Shaver, M.D.

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​University of Pittsburgh Cardiologist James Shaver, M.D. to Receive Pulse of Pittsburgh Award at The American Heart Associations 2007 Heart Ball

PITTSBURGH, February 9, 2007 James A. Shaver, M.D., professor of medicine, division of cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will receive the Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award for 2007 by the American Heart Association (AHA), Pittsburgh Division. The award will be presented tomorrow evening at the 2007 Heart Ball at the Hilton Pittsburgh, downtown.

Dr. Shaver has been a member of the University of Pittsburgh faculty for more than 40 years. He is responsible for opening and directing the first cardiac catheterization laboratory at UPMC, formerly known as Presbyterian University Hospital. From 1971 until 1994, Dr. Shaver was director of cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests, which span more than four decades, have focused on valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease,hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and the physiologic basis of heart sounds and murmurs.

Dr. Shavers accomplishments as a physician and educator should serve as a model to anyone wishing to pursue a career in academic medicine. His dedication and contributions to the field of cardiology are a testament to his commitment to excellence. Im proud to know and work with him, said Barry London, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and chief, division of cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director, UPMC Cardiovascular Institute. Many practicing cardiologists today say they owe their careers to Jim Shaver.

Dr. Shaver is one of the most compassionate, caring and respected physicians. His devotion to advocacy for fighting heart disease is highly regarded in the Pittsburgh community.

I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award, said Elizabeth B. Concordia, senior vice president for academic and community hospitals and president, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, and co-chair of the 2007 Heart Ball.

Since 1971, Dr. Shaver has been director of the cardiovascular fellowship training program and only recently stepped down from this position. He has trained more than 200 cardiologists over the years, many of whom now practice in western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shaver has been an active member of the American Heart Association at the local, state and national level since 1968. From 1968 until 1981, Dr. Shaver participated in the research, professional education and executive committees of the then Western Pennsylvania Heart Association and was president of the organization from 1980 to 1981.

Dr. Shaver received his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1959. Following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Shaver joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1960. In 1965, Dr. Shaver completed his fellowship in cardiology and became an instructor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh that same year. From 1971 to 1994, Dr. Shaver was chief of cardiology. He has received numerous awards and honors related to his teaching including the Deans Kenneth E. Schuit Award for Master Educator in 2002 and the Cardiovascular Fellows Teaching Award for 1993.

Dr. Shavers other professional memberships include the Association of University Cardiologists, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the Heart Failure Society of America, the Laennec Society of the AHA, where he was past president, and the International Society of Noninvasive Cardiology.

Dr. Shavers bibliography includes more than 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than 40 invited papers and reviews, and nearly a dozen book chapters on various topics involving adult cardiology, cardiovascular hemodynamics and the physiologic basis for heart sounds and murmurs. Additionally, Dr. Shaver has served as an editorial reviewer for Circulation, Chest, the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of American College of Cardiology, and the International Journal of Cardiology.

Currently, Dr. Shaver continues to be active in the practice of adult cardiology and spends much of his time teaching cardiovascular disease to medical students and cardiology fellows.

In recognition of Dr. Shavers dedication to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease, along with his steadfast commitment to service with the American Heart Association, the Pittsburgh Division of the AHA has established the James A. Shaver Research Fund to award future scientists the opportunity to advance their research in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

The American Heart Association, Pittsburgh Division board of directors and the Heart Ball committee created the Pulse of Pittsburgh Award in 2003 to recognize an individuals leadership in the fight against heart disease and stroke. In 2004, the committee changed the name to the Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award in honor of the late Peter J. Safar, M.D., distinguished professor of resuscitation medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, who also was known as the Father of CPR.

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