|Peter Libby, MD, is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Libby directs the D.W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center at Harvard. His current major research focus is the role of inflammation in vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. Dr. Libby has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research accomplishments. His areas of clinical expertise include general and preventive cardiology.
An author and lecturer on cardiovascular medicine and atherosclerosis, Dr. Libby has published extensively in medical journals including Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Eighth edition of Braunwald’s Heart Disease. Dr. Libby has also contributed the chapter on the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of atherosclerosis to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. He has held numerous visiting professorships and has been selected to deliver over 60 named or keynote lectures throughout the world.
Dr. Libby’s professional memberships include the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and an honorary membership in the British Atherosclerosis Society. He recently served as the President of the Association of University Cardiologists. He has served in many roles as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, including chairman of several research committees and member of the executive committees of the Councils on Arteriosclerosis, Circulation, and Basic Science. He has frequently served as a consultant to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), including a 5-year term on the Board of Scientific Councilors. He was the recipient of a MERIT Award from the NHLBI.
Dr. Libby has a particular interest in public education regarding heart disease, and served as the principal medical advisor to the Emmy Award winning public television documentary series, The Mysterious Human Heart. Dr. Libby writes a cardiovascular blog, Consults-Experts on the Front Lines of Medicine, for the New York Times website (http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com). He is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization The International Partnership for Critical Markers of Disease to promote the development, evaluation, and appropriate clinical utilization of biomarkers.
Dr. Libby earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital). He also holds an honorary MA degree from Harvard University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Lille, France.