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Babb Honored with Distinguished Service Award

By Crystal Baity

Dr. Joseph D. Babb of ECU’s Brody School of Medicine has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. The award is the highest honor given by the 3,300-member society.

Babb is a cardiologist and professor of medicine and past director of the cardiology fellowship training program at Brody School of Medicine, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and immediate past president for the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He is a fellow of the SCAI.  

“I was deeply honored to receive this award,” Babb said. “Teaching medical students and residents creates an opportunity to have a lasting impact on our profession, as does volunteering in professional associations. I feel enormously privileged to be a physician and believe it’s appropriate to give back to my profession in thanks for all it has given me.” 

The award is presented annually to a SCAI fellow who has worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of the cardiovascular profession and on the society’s mission of advancing the field of invasive/interventional cardiovascular care for patients. Babb received the award in May at the 28th Annual Scientific Session of the Melvin P. Judkins Imaging Symposium, held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Babb served as society president in 2001-2002. Previously, he headed the group’s Continuing Medical Education Committee, spearheading its effort to earn accreditation status for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and developing guidelines for SCAI educational programs.  
As president, he oversaw a successful effort to expand the society’s membership. He also brought together representatives of all the international medical societies focused on interventional cardiology, launching a “cardiology roundtable” to address the common concerns of cardiologists and their patients. The effort led to the development of a new organization, the Coalition of Cardiovascular Organizations, which Babb chaired in 2004.

This page originally appeared in the July 15, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/archives.cfm.