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eDocTalk article

Acclaim: Legacy cardiologist named OMA Doctor of the Year

June 2013

John McAnulty, M.D.

Legacy physician John McAnulty, M.D., is the Oregon Medical Association 2013 Doctor-Citizen of the Year. The annual award honors a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the community, the practice of medicine and health care policy in Oregon.

Dr. McAnulty, director of Legacy Heart Rhythm Services, began his Oregon medical career with a fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. He joined Legacy Health in 2004. He has volunteered for more than 25 years at several low-income clinics, including work for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Clinic as a general internist and cardiologist. He is also a frequent volunteer at Chapman Elementary School, where he reads to first-graders, often along with medical students and residents.

Kindness engenders trust

"There are many primary care physicians and cardiologists in Oregon and Southwest Washington who owe the core of their understanding of cardiac physiology and pathophysiology to Dr. McAnulty’s skilled teaching methods," said the Oregon Medical Association announcement. "Beyond teaching, he is one of the most genuinely kind people around, and this is reflected by the deep trust and confidence his patients and colleagues place with him."

Dr. McAnulty has been an active advocate for a variety of political causes and is currently involved in efforts to help reduce the cost of health care by reducing the use of unnecessary medical tests.

As an award-winning teacher, leader and mentor, Dr. McAnulty’s work has been pioneering. He introduced the field of cardiac electrophysiology to the West Coast at OHSU in the 1970s and performed some of the first cardiac ablation procedures in the region in the 1990s. He has also served as a leader of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, Portland Heart Club and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation.

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