In Memoriam: Joseph Lee Garvey, Jr., MD, FACC

Joseph Lee Garvey Jr., MD, FACC Past President of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), Joseph Lee Garvey, Jr., MD, FACC, passed away on Oct. 22 at the age of 59. Garvey was a founding member of SCPC's Board of Directors and served as the organization's president from 2007-2008. He was currently a member of ACC's Accreditation Management Board.

Garvey earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1979 and completed his doctoral and medical studies at the University of Cincinnati. His residency in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center began in 1988 and he elected to stay in Charlotte for the remainder of his career. He most recently served as medical director of the Chest Pain Evaluation Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

The care of acutely ill cardiac patients became the focus of his work and he was instrumental transforming emergency STEMI response treatment protocols in the Charlotte vicinity. Garvey was a co-founder of the North Carolina Regional Approach to Cardiovascular Emergencies, which became a national and international model of emergency cardiovascular care.

A well-published physician, he recently assumed chairmanship of the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® emergency cardiovascular care program. Fellow SCPC Board Member Dr. Michael A. Ross of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said of his colleague, "When we were setting up the Mission: Lifeline Atlanta project, the first person I reached out to was Lee. He provided a regional STEMI manual, which we edited and adopted in Atlanta. He offered advice, insights, and wisdom. As a direct result of his help, we have been able to take a nine county Atlanta region, which represents more than half the population of the state of Georgia, to a better place."

Wil Mick, vice president of ACC's Accreditation Services, also commented on Garvey's passing. "The entire SCPC organization has benefited from the leadership that Dr. Garvey demonstrated. We are forever indebted to Dr. Garvey for his dedication and insight. He was particularly instrumental in the design of the Society's community outreach program and his life's mission will resound in our continued efforts to improve the treatment of heart attack patients," he said.

In lieu of flowers, Garvey's family invites friends and colleagues to make a donation to the Emergency Medicine Research and Education Fund, c/o Carolinas Healthcare Foundation, 208 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, or online at

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