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The Members Have Voted: Dr. Martin S. Maron is the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association Clinician of the Year

06/04/2011

Florham Park, N.J.Martin S. Maron, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center at Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, was voted Clinician of the Year by members of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) announced today by Lisa Salberg, CEO and founder of the HCMA at the organization’s 14th annual meeting. The honor came as a total surprise to Maron, who has been an advisor to the HCMA since 2002 and is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and co-director of the Cardiac CT and MRI Department at Tufts Medical Center.

“The 5,000 families who are members of the HCMA had the opportunity to vote in an online poll to choose the ‘HCMA Clinician of the Year,’ and I could not be more delighted that they picked Dr. Martin Maron,” said Salberg. “With comments like, ‘Marty is more like a member of the family then a doctor – he really cares!’ and ‘Dr. Maron saved my daughter’s life; we simply love him,’ Marty garnered 28% of the votes with nearly 30 physicians in the running. We are honored not only to have Marty on the HCMA advisory board, but as dear friend of the HCMA.”

Upon accepting the award, Maron proudly credited his father, Barry Maron, MD, director of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and a long-time HCMA advisor who is considered to be the “Godfather of HCM,” for his interest in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a congenital disease that causes a thickening of the heart muscle and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in children, teens and young adults. They co-authored three papers on HCM that were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and American Journal of Cardiology.

“Marty Maron is an outstanding diagnostician and clinician and a very strong advocate for his patients,” said James Udelson, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiology at Tufts Medical Center, who co-founded Tufts’ HCM Center with Maron. “As members of the HCMA well know, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a disease that can be well-managed, but can have major lifestyle implications for patients who are often young, active and otherwise healthy. Marty does a remarkable job of not only recommending treatment for HCM patients, but also communicating with them and their families about management options and helping them understand how to live safely with this disease. It is no surprise to me that patients selected him for this award.”

Maron completed his internal medicine primary care residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and a masters degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University School of Public Heath and Tropical Medicine.

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Julie Jette
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