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Authors > Eugene Blackstone, MD

Eugene Blackstone, MD is Head of Clinical Investigations at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic; a staff member of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Quantitative Health Sciences and Transplant Center; and Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is a co-author of Kirklin/Barratt-Boyes Cardiac Surgery, 4th Edition.

Dr. Blackstone received his medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, followed by two concurrent fellowships from the University of Chicago in the Division of Thoracic Surgery in the School of Medicine. His postdoctoral studies continued under a fellowship from the U.S. Public Health Service and a research fellowship in mathematics, computer science, and statistics from the Cardiopulmonary Surgical Research Laboratories at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Blackstone is board certified as Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners and as a Fellow, American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Blackstone has served as a Major in the Medical Corps in the United States Army where he was Chief of the Cardiovascular Medicine Branch in the Aviation Medicine Research Division. He became a consultant to the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Space Lab I, Space Lab II, and Orbital Flight Tests.

At the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Blackstone heads a multidisciplinary clinical research team focused on ischemic and valvular heart diseases, heart rhythm disturbances, heart failure, and benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and lungs. Since 1993, he has led a team of computer scientists in developing a novel semantic approach to data storage and use.

Since 1987, Dr. Blackstone has been associate editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2005, he became an editorial consultant for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has authored more than 500 articles and has received numerous clinical and academic awards.  He holds many memberships, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

Related Author: Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD; Frank L. Hanley, MD; James K. Kirklin, MD