Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Honors Dr. Edward B. Diethrich

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 General News
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GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 17 Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, Founder and Medical Director of Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital, was given an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow after delivering the Lister lecture. As a mark of respect he received his Royal Fellowship at a ceremony where he was allowed to wear Lord Lister's original graduation gown which is over 160 years old.


Honorary Royal Fellowships are given to physicians of outstanding distinction, in one or two small ceremonies each year. The honoree is selected by the Royal College Council and the fellowship is presented by the President of the Royal College.

Dr. Diethrich, an internationally renowned cardiovascular surgeon, is regarded as one of the world's pioneers in heart disease diagnosis and innovative cardiovascular and endovascular treatments. A former assistant professor in surgery under famed heart surgeons Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley, Dr. Diethrich assisted in many of the earliest coronary artery bypass procedures, multiple organ transplantations and other revolutionary procedures. In 1971, Dr. Diethrich founded the Arizona Heart Institute, the nation's first freestanding outpatient clinic devoted solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease. Under Dr. Diethrich's leadership, Arizona Heart Institute is regarded today as a world class destination for heart and vascular medicine.

In the Lister lecture Dr. Diethrich addressed the current state of carotid artery treatment to prevent stroke. There is a dilemma as to when to operate with open surgery versus minimally invasive carotid stenting, since the results of each are so similar. The lecture was given to a large audience of physicians from all over the UK, France and Ireland. The following evening, Dr. Diethrich was honored by a formal dinner in the Royal College. This was attended by The Surgeon General, Sir Kenneth and Lady Calman, Lord McColl, Lady McColl, Sir Graham and Lady Teasdale, and the Surgical Travellers.

Dr. Diethrich's professional accomplishments are diverse and include the development of the sternal saw used for open chest surgery, the establishment of the first outpatient cardiac catheterization laboratory in the U.S., and the development of endoluminal grafting for treatment of aortic aneurysm. He lectures and operates worldwide, is an enthusiastic educator and an advanced scientific researcher. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and has authored several books and hundreds of scientific articles.

About Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Founded in 1559, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) is a multidisciplinary body made up of some 8500 members in the fields of medicine, surgery, dentistry and travel medicine. RCPSG has a long history of excellence and innovation in medicine, and continues to develop its sound reputation world-wide. The college is also an historical site, a charity, a place of work, an information provider, and a body that influences governments and public policy. For more information about the RCPSG, visit

About Arizona Heart Institute

Founded in 1971, Arizona Heart Institute is among the world's leading providers of cardiovascular care. Arizona Heart Institute has grown to expand treatment and research options with the opening of Arizona Heart Hospital in 1998 and the dedication of Arizona Heart Institute Translational Research Center in 2007. Through these unique facilities, Arizona Heart Institute offers the most contemporary and comprehensive approach to cardiovascular medicine and an unmatched level of specialty care. For more information, please visit, or contact, 602-240-6152.

SOURCE Arizona Heart Institute and Hospital

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