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Spencer King

Spencer B King III, MD, MACC, FSCAI, FESC

Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; President, Saint Joseph’s Heart and Vascular Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

A pioneer in cardiac catheterization, coronary arteriography and interventional cardiology, Spencer King was co-developer of the multi-purpose technique of coronary arteriography and has directed invasive and interventional cardiology training for more than 150 cardiology fellows.  Dr. King served as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of Emory University Hospital from its inception through 2000 and was Director of Interventional Cardiology and the Andreas Greuntzig Cardiovascular Center at Emory University from 1985 until 2000.  Dr. King was President of the American College of Cardiology (1998-1999), President of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (1990-1991) and served as the first Chair of the Interventional Cardiology Boards of the American Board of Internal Medicine (1997-2007).  He is currently Chairman of the New York State Cardiac Advisory Board and has participated on many committees of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).  Dr. King is author of over 500 papers on cardiology, has edited or co-edited ten books including Interventional Cardiology and Hurst’s The Heart 9th through 13th editions.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions, is associate editor of JACC and is on the editorial board of seven other journals including Circulation. He has served as principal investigator or member of the steering committees of 15 national and international clinical trails in cardiology, as well as conducting the first NHLBI trial of coronary angioplasty versus bypass surgery. 

His research interest has been in the area of restenosis prevention, having been a developer of radiation therapy to block restenosis, as well as new device development, evaluation of therapeutic approaches to cardiovascular disease and preventive cardiology.  Honors include Master of the American College of Cardiology, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the TCT, the Mikamo Lecture and Honorary International Fellow of the Japan Circulation Society, the Bishop Lecture of the American College of Cardiology, the ETHICA Award of the European Society of Cardiology, the Jesse E. Edwards Lecture of the American Heart Association and Distinguished Alumnus Awards from the Medical College of Georgia and Mercer University.