Endowed Master Clinician Advances Cardiovascular Therapies

Fred Rothstein, MD, Judith Mackall, MD, and Virginia Spitz

Fred Rothstein, MD, President of UH Cleveland Medical Center (left) and Virginia Spitz (right) congratulate Judith Mackall, MD, on her recent appointment to the Irving B. and Virginia Spitz Master Clinician in Cardiology.

In August, University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute honored Judith Mackall, MD, as the Irving B. and Virginia Spitz Master Clinician in Cardiology. The endowed position supports clinical research and the development of exciting new therapies for patients with heart failure and arrhythmia. In 2011, the late Irving B. “Buddy” Spitz and his wife, Virginia, made a $1.5 million gift to UH, endowing the master clinician and establishing the Spitz Endowed Fund for Electrophysiology. Their generosity was matched by a $500,000 challenge grant from the Harrington family.

Dr. Mackall, Section Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, is a fitting choice for the honor. Her care for Buddy over the last several years helped to inspire the couple’s generous gift. In addition to electrophysiology (the study of the electrical activity and electrical pathways of the heart), Dr. Mackall is an expert in pacemakers and implantable devices, cardiac arrhythmias and device therapy for heart failure. She is also president of Cleveland Metro Board of Directors for the American Heart Association.

The philanthropy of Virginia and Buddy Spitz also extends to brain health at UH. In 2011, the couple established the Spitz Brain Health Innovation Fund at the UH Neurological Institute, which currently funds clinical and translational research projects by “Spitz Scholars.”

Endowed positions such as chairs, directors and master clinicians provide a lasting way for individuals or a family to make a deep and lasting impact on patient health. To learn more about gifts of endowment, please contact us at 216-983-2200 or visit our Gift Planning site.

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