The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that new additions to the Division of Cardiology Records and the Joseph C. Greenfield Papers are open for research. The first collection documents the administrative functions of the Division of Cardiology, as well as the personal experiences of its faculty and residents, while the second collection contains the research and personal files of Dr. Joseph C. Greenfield, one of the division’s most accomplished physicians.
The Duke Division of Cardiology is one of the largest programs in the United States. It’s also one of the most accomplished, having led the way in several major medical innovations including the development of the first perfusion balloon angioplasty catheter, the invention of the first bioabsorbable coronary stent, and the development and first use of the Anstadt System for circulatory support in order to keep a dying patient alive until a donor heart became available for transplant. The division has also been a leader in the development in a number of notable Duke specific programs, including the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease and the Duke Cardiology Fellows Training Program.
The ongoing history of the Cardiology Fellows Training Program was explored in detail by Dr. Greenfield in his 2004 book, Duke Cardiology Fellows Training Program: Origin to the Present, and its 2011 republication Duke Cardiology Fellows Training Program: Sixty-Three Years of Excellence. Dr. Greenfield was a key figure in the Division of Cardiology himself. Along with serving as chairman of the division from 1981 to 1989, he was also instrumental in efforts to promote cardiovascular care to rural areas by sending cardiologists to hospitals in remote communities to administer thrombolytic therapy, and in the reorganization of the cardiac catheter lab to be adjacent to Duke University Hospital's emergency room. He later served as chairman of Duke University Medical Center's Department of Medicine. His experience in the department would eventually inspire the publication of another book, Duke Chief Medical Residents: An Overview.
Among the many subjects covered by these two collections are a set of extensive series containing interviews, personal accounts, photographs, and other research compiled by Dr. Greenfield during the writing of his numerous books on the history of Duke Cardiology and Duke Medicine in general. These collections would be of interest to researchers exploring the history of the medical student experience at Duke, as well as those interested in the history of Duke Division of Cardiology and the Duke Department of Medicine in general.
This blog post was contributed by Archives Intern McKenzie Long.