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Gordon Ewy

Gordon A Ewy MD

Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Emeritus Director of The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Occupied The Gordon A. Ewy, M.D. Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Gordon A. Ewy is Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); and Emeritus Director of The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and he occupied The Gordon A. Ewy, M.D. Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. Ewy is nationally and internationally known for his research in defibrillation and resuscitation. His research in defibrillation elucidated the factors that determine myocardial damage as well as transthoracic impedance to defibrillator shock, and demonstrated that defibrillation depends on current density, not energy. He established the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group. Their discoveries have led to the concept of Cardiocerebral Resuscitation. Cardiocerebral Resuscitation advocates continual chest compressions for all bystanders of witnessed primary cardiac arrest and a new approach by paramedic/firefighters to the therapy of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Cardiocerebral Resuscitation has been shown to significantly improve survival of patients with witnessed OHCA and a shockable rhythm.

For his contributions in defibrillation and CPR, Dr. Ewy was designated one of the American Heart Association honorees or “CPR Giants” by the International Conference on Guidelines for Emergency Cardiac Care-2000 —an honor bestowed on individuals who have made major contributions to the field of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Dr. Ewy has numerous academic interests. He is active in post-graduate education, continuing to advance Cardiocerebral Resuscitation, a new non-guidelines approach to improving survival of patients with primary out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; the major cause of death in adult males in the United States. As Director of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Sarver Heart Center, he spearheaded fundraising efforts that not only built the Sarver Heart Center building, but also funded of 13 endowed chairs, and 3 endowed professorships. He is the co-author of four books, numerous book chapters and review articles, and over 275 scientific publications listed in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed.