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From the September ACP Internist, copyright 2012 by the American College of Physicians

Gottlieb Friesinger II, MD, MACP, a noted cardiologist and former ACP governor, died on July 28, 2012, at the age of 83.

Dr. Friesinger graduated from Muskingum College in Ohio and then earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1955. He stayed at Johns Hopkins for training in internal medicine and cardiology. He served as regimental surgeon for the 5th Marines for two years, before returning to Johns Hopkins. For 21 years, he served on the university’s board of trustees.

In 1971, he became Vanderbilt University’s first director of the division of cardiology. He stepped aside from that position in 1990 but remained on the faculty in an active role until 2002. Dr. Friesinger conducted cardiology research, in addition to caring for patients and teaching. His early research interests included the development and use of coronary arteriography, the hemodynamics of myocardial infarction, and the development of nuclear medicine techniques to assess ventricular function. He was published in many peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and lectured at academic institutions around the U.S. and Europe.

He was a Master of the College and served as Governor for the Tennessee chapter. A full obituary is online.


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