In Memoriam: Suzanne B. Knoebel, MD, MACC

Past President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Suzanne B. Knoebel, MD, MACC, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away quietly with in-home hospice on Wednesday, July 2.

Suzanne B. Knoebel, MD, MACCKnoebel joined the College as a member in 1970, and eventually became the first woman to serve as ACC president, taking on the role from 1982 to 1983. She also served as editor-in-chief of ACC Current Journal Review. Knoebel received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the ACC in 1986 for her service to the College and actions as a quality role model for others.

Knoebel earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1960, followed by internship and residency at the university's medical center. She was the original member of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology faculty and dedicated her life to research, education and patient care in her entire career at Indiana University. Knoebel served as Herman C. and Ellnora D. Krannert Professor Emerita of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, to which she was appointed in 1977.

In addition to an outstanding career in Medicine, Knoebel authored two children's books and two medical novels. Her 2004 children's book, Dr. Tootsie: A Young Girl's Dream, focuses on the life of a young girl on a farm who follows her dream to become a physician.

Arrangements are under way for a small memorial ceremony to honor Knoebel's life, leadership and contributions to the medical sciences, cardiology, the Krannert Institute, and the ACC.

ACC History ACC President Suzanne B. Knoebel (1982-83) frequently testified on Capitol Hill during a period when the government expanded its role in medicine. Here she is testifying with Edwin P. Maynard of the American College of Physicians and Roy Schwarz of the American Medical Association.
ACC History Knoebel photographed at an ACC Convocation beside Past ACC CEO William Nelligan (left) and ACC Past President Charles Fisch, MD, MACC.

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