Society“Dr. Baim was one of the founders of our profession, and had a deep commitment to the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) since joining the Society in 1984 and faculty status soon thereafter. In addition to authoring or co-authoring 41 articles in the SCAI’s journal, Dr. Baim served as a key contributor to the Society’s guidelines, quality standards and professional programs over the years. Don embraced the field of interventional cardiology, and was instrumental in helping new technologies mature, and scientifically, his enthusiasm and insight will be missed.” Steven R. Bailey, MD President Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Mentor“I was Chair of Medicine and Bill Grossman was Chief of Cardiology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital when we recruited Don to join us from Stanford. We asked him to start a program in Interventional Cardiology. His superior intelligence, creativity, hard work and persistence made him immensely successful. Don recruited well and his program thrived. Don was an extraordinary mentor to fellows and became a leader in the field. He will be sorely missed.” Eugene Braunwald, MD Chairman, TIMI Study Group Brigham and Women’s Hospital “Don Baim was one of the most brilliant and creative men I have ever known. Although I recruited Don straight out of his training at Stanford to come to Boston and the Beth Israel Hospital, Don rapidly became my mentor in many things, as he pioneered as one of the founders of what is now called “Interventional Cardiology.” In addition to his legendary skills as an interventionalist, Don was a superb physiologist. Finally, Don had an uncanny ability to predict the future and foretell which of a myriad of potential re- search directions was ready for a breakthrough. Our field is diminished without Don’s presence.” William Grossman, MD Chair, Preventive Cardiology University of California, San Francisco
Colleague“Dr. Baim was a pioneer in the development of interventional cardiology, and the many contributions he made to science, medicine and medical technology will serve as a proud and enduring legacy. We were fortunate to have had Dr. Baim as a member of the Boston Scientific family, and we are grateful for all he did for our company.” Ray Elliott President and Chief Executive Officer Boston Scientific
Student“Don was a brilliant interventional cardiologist with a passion for improving procedural techniques and outcomes. He had an uncanny ability to perceive three-dimensional space from only two dimensions and very slick hands. He was a demanding teacher and mentor, but the high bar he set helped you reach new levels.” Daniel I. Simon, MD Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine University Hospitals Case Medical Center The legacy of Dr. Donald Baim has been witnessed by the society of interventional cardiology, his mentors, colleagues and students, and will be carried on to future generations by his contributions to the field of interventional cardiology. Acknowledgments. I would like to thank everyone quoted in this article for offering their perspectives on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Donald Baim. My sincere condolences to the Baim family for their loss.
_________________________________________________ From the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, New Jersey. Editorial submitted March 29, 2010 and accepted April 1, 2010. Address for correspondence: Jon C. George, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, New Jersey 08015. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org