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Kenneth Baughman, a 63-year-old cardiologist and director of the Advanced Heart Disease Center at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, died on 19 November 2009, after being struck by a car during an early-morning jog while attending the American Heart Association 2009 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida.
Before being recruited to the Brigham in 2002, Dr. Baughman had served as the director of the cardiology division at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Dr. Baughman was an outstanding teacher and mentor for students of cardiovascular medicine at all levels of training. He was also a master clinician, devoted to his patients, and an avid athlete, who especially enjoyed running.
Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president of Partners at Harvard and former president of the Brigham Hospital, described Dr. Baughman as a “trusted friend, inspiring leader, thoughtful listener, and compassionate clinician with selfless devotion, whose soft smile would warm any conversation. His passion for his patients was woven into the fabric of the Brigham Hospital. He represented the very best in medicine. He cared so deeply for each and every patient he touched.” Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, chairman of internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, remembered Dr. Baughman as “a physician's physician, a role model in leading and teaching others,” and as a physician who had helped thousands of patients through his cardiovascular care.
I myself remember Dr. Baughman as an outstanding educator and clinician, one always ready to help others, one who contributed greatly to the American Heart Association, and one with a quick and very friendly smile that was encouraging to everyone. The Brigham & Women's Hospital and our country have lost an outstanding cardiologist, educator, and friend.