Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds - Sonnenblick: The Einstein Years

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 26, 2012

8:00 AM: Forchheimer 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Einstein
Repeated @ 12:15 PM: Cherhasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Speaker & Info

Thierry Le Jemtel, MD
Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine
Henderson Chair in Medicine, Tulane University
Director, Heart Failure Program
Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation
Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program, Tulane University Hospital

Dr. Thierry Le Jemtel is an internationally recognized cardiologist in the area of heart failure. He is the author of over 300 research articles, the recipient of numerous NIH grants and awards, and the mentor of many current luminaries in academic cardiology and CHF.

Dr. Le Jemtel attended medical school at the Faculte de Medecine, Rouen, France. He did his internal medicine residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He was a Cardiology Fellow here at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Medical Grand Rounds this week is The Dr. Edmund Sonnenblick Memorial Lectureship. Dr. Edmund Sonnenblick, who died in 2007, was a distinguished cardiologist and former Chief of Cardiology at Einstein. His findings about the structure and function of heart muscle cells, and about cardiac contraction and relaxation, contributed to the development ACE inhibitors. He and other researchers also adapted beta blockers for use in heart failure, which was considered heresy at the time.

Dr. Sonnenblick is also credited as the first to use the electron microscope to image heart muscle under scientifically controlled conditions, accomplishing the feat in 1963 at Columbia, where he correlated measurements of heart muscle structure and the force of its contractions.

Dr. Sonnenblick trained more than 300 cardiologists and researchers and received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology in 1985. In 2007, the American Heart Association named him the recipient of one of its highest prizes, the Research Achievement Award.

Objectives - After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. provide an overview of the phenomenal accomplishments of Dr. Sonnenblick, our first Chief of Cardiology, in the areas of preload, afterload, and contractility in the heart
  2. review the current clinical approach to heart failure

Reception to follow at 9:15 am in Board of Overseers, Forchheimer G28

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine

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