Children’s laughter echoes in the air. Smiles as wide as the outdoors dominate the faces of youngsters swinging high to almost touch the treetops. Doctors watch as children with disabilities experience the pure joy of a playground for the first time. Since 2001, the Resurgens Charitable Foundation has helped build seven metro-area playgrounds with special play structures where all children, regardless of their abilities, can play together.
“There’s nothing quite so fulfilling as seeing the children swing, slide and play on these amazing structures,” said Dr. D. Kay Kirkpatrick, Co-President of Resurgens Orthopaedics and President of the Foundation Board of Directors.
“At Resurgens, we work with enough kids to realize that play is essential therapy to help young people grow stronger and healthier. Every child needs outdoor physical play. But some children who need it most, kids with disabilities, miss out because they simply don’t have suitable facilities,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said.
Started after September 11 as a way to give back to the community, the mission of the foundation has evolved to focus on youth health and fitness. A major goal of the foundation is to support construction of at least one playground a year, frequently in partnership with a city or county government.
The first playground was completed in 2002 in Hammond Park in cooperation with Fulton County and a coalition of Sandy Springs civic groups. The all-abilities playgrounds include ramps, handrails and special seats on swings that allow all children to play. Resurgens Charitable Foundation contributed funds for a second playground in 2003 at Unity Place at Bay Creek Park in Grayson. That facility houses a playground and baseball fields developed for children and young adults with disabilities and gives them an opportunity to enjoy recreational activities and team sports.
The foundation has also assisted in the construction of parks in Peachtree City, north Gwinnett County, Conyers, Acworth and in Atlanta just south of Turner Field.
Injury prevention has become an additional goal of the foundation. The group supports the WellStar Safe Kids Program that promotes bicycle safety and funds helmets for youngsters in Cobb, Douglas and Cherokee counties.
A major project in 2009 has been the release of a DVD, Striking Out Injuries in Youth Baseball, that features future Hall of Fame pitchers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. The two legends share their experiences in youth baseball as well as their opinions regarding practices common in youth baseball today.
Narrated by Resurgens Charitable Foundation Executive Director Dr. Joseph Chandler, the DVD also includes sections on pitching training and arm care, both of which are critical in preventing injuries in youth baseball.
Dr. Chandler has been a physician for the Atlanta Braves since 1987 and currently serves as Director of Medical Services, Emeritus for the team. The DVD, which is available free to parents and coaches, cites studies showing that baseball injuries are often the result of too much pitching at too young an age.
“When it comes to youth baseball injuries, we want to see fewer patients,” Dr. Chandler said. “We hope this video will promote injury prevention and awareness among coaches and parents and, most importantly, our youth.”
Dr. Chandler’s campaign to reduce sports injuries followed his experience both in his clinical practice and his years of working with professional baseball players. He saw an alarming number of kids sustaining arm injuries in youth baseball. As the Braves’ team orthopaedist, he also watched a dramatic increase in the number of arm injuries in young pitchers in the minor leagues.
When Dr. Chandler evaluated the causes of these injuries, he found that overuse in youth baseball was a significant contributing factor. Dr. Chandler then surveyed more than 100 professional pitchers regarding their experience in youth baseball. The vast majority of these pitchers did not experience the overuse that is prevalent in youth baseball today.
These successful players did not pitch excessive numbers of pitches or innings. They did not throw breaking balls until they were older than what is typical in youth baseball today. They did not typically play year-round baseball, and they also played (and excelled in) other sports, Dr. Chandler said.
Today’s players, however, are suffering injuries at younger and younger ages. “We are seeing some of these kids with three or four operations before they even get out of high school or college,”Dr. Chandler said.
In the video, Glavine stresses that he will not let his kids throw a breaking ball “until they are in high school” and that “learning to throw a fastball for strikesconsistently is much more important at a young age.”
“If a young pitcher can throw a fastball for a strike 70% of the time, then they can learn to throw a change-up,” he says. “When the pitcher is older, stronger and more physically mature, a breaking ball can be added.”
Smoltz discusses the importance of limiting the number of pitches for young players, claiming that it is more important to work on the mechanics of the game than to risk “career-ending injuries.”
The foundation also supports groups that help people with disabilities. Working with the North Metro Miracle League, the foundation purchased cantilevered shade awnings to cover the sitting terraces at Miracle Field to help prevent seizures for children with atypical brain or spinal structure. The group also partners with BlazeSports to help provide sports training, competitions, summer camps and other sports and recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.
Future goals for the Resurgens Charitable Foundation include funding programs that will address the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, Dr. Chandler said.
Funds for the foundation come primarily through donations and an annual golf tournament held each fall.
Support for the Resurgens Charitable Foundation is an outgrowth of the overall mission of Resurgens Orthopaedics. “Our goal is to serve the Atlanta community by providing exceptional patient focused and comprehensive musculoskeletal care,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said. “Helping children and youth play, heal, learn and live is an excellent way that we can expand our service to the community.”
As the largest orthopaedic practice in Georgia, Resurgens Orthopaedics provides patients with a full range of orthopaedic, diagnostic and rehabilitation services. “Our physicians have specialized expertise and broad experience in the treatment and prevention of every orthopaedic condition,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said.
With 20 locations and 90 physicians, Resurgens Orthopaedics is accessible to patients throughout greater Atlanta. The practice’s board-certified specialists focus on orthopaedic subspecialties that include back and spine care, foot and ankle surgery, hand surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine and trauma care.
“Our patients can receive one-stop service, from initial appointment through rehabilitation. We invest in state-of-the-art technology yet believe in a hands-on, personal approach to caring for our patients,” she said.
Resurgens Orthopaedics began in 1986 when Dr. John Garrett started his practice based out of Piedmont Hospital. As Dr. Garrett’s practice grew, he moved the group to St. Joseph’s Hospital and merged with seven smaller practices to form one large practice under the Resurgens name. Dr. Garrett was team physician for the Atlanta Falcons from 1981 through 1993.
Resurgens Orthopaedics continues to grow along with metro Atlanta. The practice spans the city’s geography, with offices in 12 metro counties. Resurgens Orthopaedics also has three specialty centers – the Spine Center, the Hand Center and the Joint Replacement Center – comprised of multidisciplinary teams of board-certified nonsurgical and surgical physicians, physician assistants, nurses and therapists.
Six of the Resurgens Orthopaedics offices are designated as supercenters that offer a “one-stop shopping” approach for patient convenience. Patients go to one location to be seen in the clinic or have an MRI, physical therapy or surgery as needed. The centralization of services allows patients and physicians to avoid spending time driving to multiple locations.
Dr. Kirkpatrick said that large practices offer many benefits in today’s medical environment. Resurgens Orthopaedics provides its physicians with in-house support services in areas such as risk management, information technology and human resources, allowing them to focus on patient care.
A large practice also gives stability in a challenging economic environment. “There is truly strength in numbers in the case of a larger practice, and we have a great infrastructure,” said Dr. Kirkpatrick. “You can either be on a sailboat or an aircraft carrier in a stormy sea. Because we are the larger ship, we can better navigate difficult times. Our practice’s continued success allows us to give back to the community through the Resurgens Charitable Foundation.”
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Our ability to stand and walk upright is what sets us apart from other species. It is something we don’t think about, notice or dwell upon until something goes wrong. A quarter of the bones in the human body are found in the feet and ankles – 26, to be exact – yet this complex region has often been the domain of the general practice physician without a thought of the need for a specialist. Although there is a long history of foot care dating back to early Egyptian times, it has only been in recent years that the field of podiatry began to be acknowledged as an essential part of medical treatment.
Podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the lower extremity, namely the foot and ankle region. Podiatric training is acquired through dedicated podiatric medical schools and not within the traditional medical school system. Physicians earn a doctorate in podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) rather than an M.D. For this reason, it has often been misunderstood as a specialty. Dr. David Helfman, CEO and founder of Village Podiatry Centers in Atlanta, entered the field accidentally. “I was involved in two years of research in cardiothoracic surgery,” said Dr. Helfman. “While attending undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton, I met a podiatrist who was an extremely positive physician. I spoke with him at length about the specialty and was intrigued.”
In the case of Village Podiatry Centers podiatric surgeon Dr. John Ruch, podiatry was the family business. “My father was a podiatrist, so I grew up seeing first hand what an impact you could have. I came to realize that the care of patients with foot problems was a unique area. The specialty involved intimate patient contact with a wide scope of both medical and surgical practices. I saw how happy Dad’s patients were and it was very rewarding.” Dr. Mohammad Sharif of Village Podiatry Centers chose the podiatric field, which allowed him to help patients and had the added benefit of lifestyle flexibility. “In college, I knew that I wanted to be in medicine. Podiatry was exciting because you could be a physician but have a family life as well,” said Dr. Sharif. Although the area of dance injuries initially interested Dr. Sharif, he eventually became very involved with patients who experience complications of the lower extremities related to diabetes.
Although Drs. Helfman, Ruch and Sharif all came to the field of podiatry down different roads,ultimately they came to Village Podiatry Centers with a common goal of providing the best possible medical and surgical treatment for their patients. Village Podiatry Centers was originally founded by Dr. Helfman in 1992 as a solo practice. Today, Village Podiatry Centers has grown into the largest podiatric surgical practice in the southeast and one of the largest nationwide. The practice currently has 26 surgeons and over 100 support staff in 23 Metro Atlanta and Middle Georgia locations. So, how did this practice evolve from a solo office into a multicenter medical practice? Dr. Helfman developed an innovative approach for how he wanted his practice to function. “I created a model where doctors would be empowered to succeed and have the opportunity for personal and professional growth,” said Dr. Helfman. The traditional medical practices, according to Dr. Helfman, were structured so that the senior physician received the majority of the income, which gave little incentive for junior partners to stay on a long-term basis. Dr. Helfman realized there was a better way to function and set to work developing his new model.
Village Podiatry Centers has consistently grown at a rate of 25% a year. The majority of their patients are referrals from primary care physicians and specialists in the United States and abroad. Although Village Podiatry Centers is large, they are extremely selective in their choice of podiatric surgeons. The highest standards in education and training are the key components to maintaining their mission of providing excellence in foot and ankle medicine. All physicians at Village Podiatry Centers have more than 10 years of training, which includes a bachelor’s degree, four-year podiatric doctorate and a minimum of three years of surgical residency training.
Benefits and Challenges
Large practices often offer many benefits to both patients and physicians, but can be faced with a host of challenges. The Village Podiatry Centers’ model embraces these challenges as positive catalysts for change. Dr. Helfman believes that although in a large group you lose some autonomy, ultimately, everyone including the patient will benefit. “Doctors in large groups have to work as a team,” said Dr. Helfman. “You must also have the appropriate infrastructure to succeed.” Village Podiatry Centers has a corporate office in Smyrna that handles the majority of the administrative tasks involved in running the practice. In addition, there are five operating committees that help manage the practice. Each of the partners sits on at least one committee.
Dr. Ruch was formerly in a small practice with podiatric legend and surgical pioneer Dr. E. Dalton McGlamry. After Dr. McGlamry’s retirement, Dr. Ruch merged his practice with Village Podiatry Centers two years ago. “In the current medical environment, it is very difficult to manage a medical practice, and I experienced a lot of pressure,” said Dr. Ruch. “I wanted to spend the majority of my time practicing medicine.” Village Podiatry Centers has an entire staff to deal with human resources, insurance issues, accounts receivables, purchasing and marketing. The central scheduling department manages patient appointment requests, further freeing the clinical staff to devote themselves to patient care.
Each physician has a local office where he or she sees patients. From the patient’s perspective, it is personalized care, the same as being treated by a solo practitioner. One of the greatest benefits of this model is the depth of expertise on staff at Village Podiatry Centers. This allows for continuity of care and a better experience for the patient. “We have excellent doctors who work well as a team,” said Dr. Sharif. This allows for leveraging each other’s talents when seeking a second opinion. “We have a range of experience that includes doctors who have literally written the surgical textbooks for the podiatric field,” said Dr. Helfman. “They are pioneers who have trained many of the podiatric surgeons today in the Atlanta area.” Village Podiatry Centers’ size further enables them to have a more positive experience when negotiating with managed care providers for reimbursements. And, the self-perpetuating model enables healthy but manageable practice growth.
Advanced diagnostics is a hallmark of Village Podiatry Centers’ standard of care. On-site digital X-ray and vascular studies are available in each office. The size of the practice allows for additional ancillary services not commonly provided in most podiatric practices. Village Podiatry Centers is affiliated with three dedicated foot and ankle surgery centers and has an in-house pathology lab. They have access to the only high-field extremity MRI unit in the metro Atlanta area. From routine ingrown toenails to the more complex limb-salvage procedures, Village Podiatry Centers offers the full range of services to a patient population ranging from pediatric to geriatric. A common referral to the practice is for second-surgery patients who may not have had a positive outcome from a prior procedure. These patientsare referred by their primary care physician or specialist for corrective surgery. “Our scope of practice encompasses the simple procedures to the most complex foot and ankle reconstructive surgery; Village Podiatry Centers’ surgeons are able to manage and treat them all,” said Dr. Helfman.
One major impact of this practice upon the Metro Atlanta medical community has been the instrumental part it has played in securing podiatrists on staff at more than 18 metro-area hospitals. Thirty years ago, when some of Dr. Helfman’s colleagues began practicing, podiatrists were not on staff at any hospitals in the area and were rarely acknowledged as a specialty. Today, the climate is much different and continues to evolve.
The medical staff at Village Podiatry Centers believes it is vital to the field of podiatry to continue to train and produce highly qualified physicians. Five of the surgeons serve as faculty members of The Podiatry Institute, an internationally recognized teaching foundation for foot and ankle surgery based in Atlanta. Dr. Ruch leads the foundation as Director of Medical Education. Many of the Village Podiatry Centers’ staff physicians participate in the surgical residency training program affiliated with DeKalb Medical Center. Dr. Alan Banks is Director of Residency Training. He and Dr. Ruch have played primary leadership roles in the program, which has been in place for 40 years. Over 100 surgical residents have graduated from the program, with 50% staying in the area to practice. Although not governed by Village Podiatry Centers, the residency program is actively supported by them. The physicians are further involved in research and have established a research arm led by Dr. Brent Nixon, a certified clinical research investigator for over 30 years. Due to Village Podiatry Centers’ large patient population, with more than 90,000 annual patient visits, the practice is often sought out to participate in clinical trials.
Podiatry is currently one of the fastest growing medical specialties due to an aging population and the increase in diabetes and other diseases affecting the lower extremity. What does the future hold for Village Podiatry Centers? “We plan to go wherever we are needed,” said Dr. Helfman. The practice recently expanded into Middle Georgia, incorporating four locations in Forsyth, Macon, Milledgeville and Warner Robins. “The need for quality podiatric care in rural communities is especially apparent, and Village Podiatry Centers will concentrate efforts in that area. We have a number of physicians who have expressed interest in joining us,” said Dr. Helfman. Ultimately, the practice will continue to expand within the region and perhaps nationally. But the growth doesn’t stop with podiatry. “Our model of high-quality patient care combined with solid business practices that we have created can be transferred to different types of medical practices,”said Dr. Sharif. In fact, Dr. Helfman has recently launched a new business entity to expand the Village Podiatry Centers’ model within the podiatric profession and to other medical specialties.
Above all else, the most rewarding part of the practice for the physicians and health care professionals at Village Podiatry Centers is the ability to make a valuable difference in the lives of patients. Every day, patients experience freedom from pain and are able to return to work, restored to a normal, active life. According to Dr. Sharif, “The most gratifying thing is to see a complex patient completely healed. That is what our work as podiatric surgeons is all about.”
Village Podiatry Centers provides treatment for bone, vascular, dermatologic and soft tissues or abnormalities of the lower extremity:
Village Podiatry Centers’ expanded into Middle Georgia in January 2009. The integration of the four offices in Forsyth, Macon, Milledgeville and Warner Robins adds two surgeons to the medical team. Dr. Larry Goldstein is board certified in foot surgery. Dr. Bruce Pichler is board certified in foot and ankle surgery. Both are established podiatric physicians in the region. “We are very pleased to become a part of Village Podiatry Centers. Their leadership in the field of podiatric medicine brings additional expertise and resources to achieve a wider range of advanced care for our communities,” said Dr. Goldstein.
Georgia Coast Surgical’s Peter Henderson, MD, has become the first surgeon in the United States to use incisionless surgery techniques and tools to correct a failed vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG). Dr. Henderson, who operates at the Southeast Georgia Health System Bariatric Care Center, completed the first of this type of incisionless procedure on April 27th. Surgeon Harold L. Kent, M.D. assisted Dr. Henderson with the procedure.
VBG was the most common type of “restrictive” obesity surgery performed in the 1980s and 1990s. This procedure has been largely abandoned due to disappointing results with respect to weight regain and a high rate of complications.
“This incisionless revision procedure offers a second chance to many of the thousands of patients who have struggled following ineffective VBGs,” Dr. Henderson said. “Prior to emergence of incisionless surgery techniques for bariatrics, these patients could choose either to do nothing and watch their health decline as they regained weight, or undergo painful, complex revision surgeries that carry significant risk because of the scar tissue buildup from their original surgery. Typically, a traditional VBG revision involves a long painful incision in the abdomen and weeks of recovery.
“By eliminating skin incisions and the tedious dissection of scar tissue in the abdomen, this new incisionless approach reduces the risk of a traditional VBG revision,” Dr. Henderson explained. “Additionally, this, like other incisionless methods, may provide additional important advantages over open or laparoscopic procedures including reduced risk of infection and associated complications, less post-operative pain, faster recovery time and no abdominal scars.”
Henderson and his colleagues at Georgia Coast Surgical are some of the first surgeons in the U.S. to adopt incisionless surgery techniques, which represent the next wave of minimally invasive surgery. They also offer an incisionless revision procedure known as “ROSE” (Revision Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients who have started to regain weight because of changes in their anatomy.
Dr. Henderson used a small, flexible endoscope and an Incisionless Operating Platform(TM) (IOP) developed by USGI Medical Inc. to perform the procedure entirely through the patient’s mouth. The IOP tools are used to grasp tissue and deploy suture anchors to create multiple tissue folds in the stomach pouch, allowing the surgeon to reduce the volume to more closely match original VBG proportions.
More than 15 million people in the United States suffer from severe obesity and the numbers continue to grow. Surgical treatment of obesity has increased significantly in recent years. Over 200,000 individuals in the United States underwent bariatric surgery 2007, and it is estimated that over 125,000 patients today are candidates waiting for an incisionless revision procedure.
Dr. Peter Henderson is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a board-certified member of the American Board of Surgery. He received his MD from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia and performed his residency at the United States Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. Henderson has cared for patients in South Georgia for 24 years.
The Bariatric Surgery Program at Georgia Coast Surgical makes a long-term commitment to patients’ health and guides them from pre-surgery consultation and testing through surgery, recovery and continuing support. Georgia Coast Surgical specializes in Incisionless and laparoscopic weight-loss surgery.
The Southeast Georgia Health System Bariatric Care Center is an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The Center also meets the criteria established by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for participation in the Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery.
For more information on the Bariatric Surgery Program at Georgia Coast Surgical, the Incisionless weight loss procedures, or to schedule a consultation, call 1-866-459-LIVE (5483) or visit http://www.georgiacoastsurgical.com/.
The Marcus Foundation today announced a $20 million gift to Grady Health System to improve emergency care to trauma and acute neurological injury victims throughout Georgia. The gift will enable Grady to expand hospital space for trauma and brain injury victims and improve time-dependent therapies for stroke and acute neurological emergencies. The new facilities will be named The Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center at Grady and The Marcus Trauma Center at Grady.
The project involves renovating existing hospital space to expand Grady’s Trauma Center capacity from four to six dedicated trauma bays with the proper equipment, space, and resuscitation capacity to enhance life-saving patient care. Patients could then be transferred for two to ten days of care in a new 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care Unit. The funding will cover the cost of construction, equipment and recruitment of five key physicians to support the facilities.
“This gift provides us the capital to expand and modernize Grady’s Trauma Center and build a new Neuro Intensive Care Unit in existing unused hospital space,” said Grady President and CEO Michael Young. “These improvements will enable Grady to advance its already strong trauma care services and provide cutting-edge acute emergency care for traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. In addition to improving care, the Neuro ICU program’s solid reimbursement rates should contribute greatly to Grady’s ongoing fiscal sustainability.”
“Grady will now be able to offer metro Atlanta a much needed ‘go to’ facility for neurological emergencies that operates 24 hours a day,” said Bernie Marcus, chairman of the Marcus Foundation. “It is imperative to other hospitals and services throughout Atlanta and Georgia, including the Shepherd Center’s Acquired Brain Injury Program and the Marcus Community Bridge Program, that Grady continues to be the leader in trauma and acute care, with the most skilled medical personnel and most updated equipment. And we hope this donation encourages others to make funding commitments to enable this facility to continue doing so much good for all those it touches.”
“We have stressed for years how vital Grady is to healthcare here in metro Atlanta and across the state. I think this gift from the Marcus Foundation is recognition not only of Grady’s current status but also of its remarkable potential,” said A.D. “Pete” Correll, chairman of Grady Memorial Hospital Corp., which oversees Grady Health System. “Personally, I am touched by the magnitude of Bernie and Billi’s gift and professionally, I look forward to seeing its impact on a team that has proven it can translate research findings to clinical outcomes.”
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed Resurgens Orthopaedics co-president D. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce (GBPW), the state agency responsible for advising both the governor and the General Assembly on physician workforce and medical education policy and issues.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to help provide the people of Georgia with the best possible medical care. I look forward to working with Gov. Perdue and members of the General Assembly as we address the challenges confronting health care in our state,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said.
The 15-member board works to identify the physician workforce needs of Georgia communities and to meet those needs through the support and development of medical education programs. The board’s responsibilities include monitoring and forecasting the supply and distribution of physicians in Georgia; assuring an adequate supply, specialty mix, and geographic distribution of physicians to meet the health care needs of Georgia; coordinating physician workforce planning with state funding for medical education; and the development and support of medical education programs required to meet physician workforce needs.
As Resurgens co-president, Dr. Kirkpatrick works with Dr. Steven B. Wertheim to direct the operations of Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice, with 90 physicians and 20 offices in metro Atlanta. She is an orthopaedic hand surgeon and president of the Resurgens Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Kirkpatrick is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Medical Association of Georgia, and Medical Association of Atlanta.
“Dr. Silverman’s legacy will forever be remembered at Piedmont Hospital with the establishment of the Mark Silverman Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Education,” said Bruce Cassidy, M.D., Chair, Piedmont Healthcare Board of Directors. “It is our desire to achieve Dr. Silverman’s vision by realizing a $5 million endowment that will elevate this position to the first distinguished chair at Piedmont. Progress toward the achievement of this goal is reflected in the immediate outpouring of memorial gifts from family, friends, patients, colleagues, and former students.”
The physician who holds the Silverman Chair will offer the knowledge, skill, and care to patients that are characteristic of Dr. Silverman and Piedmont. That physician also will be a teacher who conducts and organizes educational experiences for doctors, nurses, patients, and the community that will enhance knowledge about cardiology and medicine in general.
Dr. Mark E. Silverman was an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Emory University and the Chief of Cardiology at the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital. His major interests lay in the practice of consultative cardiology and in teaching the art of bedside cardiology and the history of medicine. He is the past President of the Georgia Heart Association and the American Osler Society, Governor for the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and coeditor of British Cardiology in the 20th Century, J. Willis Hurst: His Life and Teachings and The Quotable Osler.
In 1993, Dr. Silverman’s desire for philanthropy led him to establish the Medical Scholars Fund. Over the next 15 years, he and his wife made gifts to that fund. In addition, Dr. Silverman employed his excellent fundraising skills to secure support for this fund through conversations and communications with patients and friends. Together, the Silvermans and others have contributed more than $2 million to the Medical Scholars Fund.
In 2007, as Dr. Silverman looked toward his retirement, he engaged in active dialogue with the leadership of the Piedmont Heart Institute, the Fuqua Heart Center and Piedmont Hospital to make this fund relevant to current and future priorities of Piedmont.
“Over the course of these conversations with Dr. Silverman, we determined that an endowed chair would provide a more beneficial use of the assets in the fund and would better serve the objectives of Piedmont Hospital,” Dr. Cassidy said. “When we shared with Dr. Silverman our intent to name this Chair in his honor at his retirement, he was both pleased and grateful.”
“Support of the Mark Silverman Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Education celebrates Dr. Silverman’s legacy and shares his pride in this achievement,” Dr. Cassidy said.
Dr. Silverman passed away on November 12, 2008 at the age of 69.