Dr. David Faxon has practiced medicine for more than four decades. He specializes in the treatment and care of patients who are diagnosed with coronary artery disease, and Dr. Faxon centers his research efforts on topics such as acute coronary syndrome, prevention of restenosis after angioplasty, and new interventional devices. I had the opportunity to talk with David Faxon about his career in medicine. What follows is the transcript of our conversation.
Q. First, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy day to talk with me. Can you tell me about your professional education?
A. Certainly, and I’m glad to be here. I first enrolled at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1967. I studied at Boston University’s School of Medicine, where I earned my Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971. I participated in an internship and residency at Dartmouth Medical Center, and then returned to the Boston University Medical Center to complete a cardiology fellowship.
Q. I also understand that you are highly involved with the American Heart Association. What are some examples of your relationship with this organization?
A. I have been a member of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology’s task force on practice guidelines, and I previously served as the President of the American Heart Association from 2001 to 2002. Before that, I acted as President of the Massachusetts and Los Angeles chapters of the AHA, and I am also the founder and first Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Updates for MyAmericanHeart, which is a program sponsored by the American Heart Association.
Q. You’ve made quite a name for yourself over the course of your career. What do you think are some of your greatest accomplishments?
A. Well, the one that I am most proud of is being President of the American Heart Association. I also pride myself on being the best Doctor I can be. I’ve been named a top doctor by several publications, which is a great honor. Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Los Angeles Magazine, and The Chicago Magazine all named me in their rankings over the years. I’ve been listed in The Best Doctors in America since 1997, as well. Since starting out, I’ve written more than 350 papers about my research and clinical experience, as well as 4 books.