Tue • Jun

Tuesday, June 6, 2017



6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Reception; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lecture and display in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Free, but advance registration is required

Pope Clement XI asked his papal physician Lancisi to investigate a perceived epidemic of sudden death in Rome in 1705. After discussing the origin of Lancisi's De Subitaneis Mortibus (On Sudden Death) in the context of early 18th century cardiology, Dr. Kligfield will briefly trace the history of the copy of the book given by Lancisi to Pope Clement XI, down to the present day. On display in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room on the evening of the lecture will be the copy of the book owned by the pope as well as the copy from the Academy Library’s collection and a group of other cardiology books of historical interest and importance.

About the Lecturer

Paul Kligfield, MD, has been at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center as Director of the Cardiac Graphics Laboratory since 1977 and as Medical Director of the Cardiac Health Center since 1995. He is a 1970 graduate of Harvard Medical School and was an intern and resident in Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He spent a year as a clinical research fellow in Cardiology at St. George's Hospital in London before completing his fellowship at Cornell. Dr. Kligfield served in the US Navy as a cardiologist at the Naval Submarine Medical Center in Groton before joining the full-time faculty at Cornell in 1977, where he is now Professor of Medicine. In addition to private patient care activities and teaching, his clinical investigation is focused on new algorithms in exercise testing and standard electrocardiography. Dr. Kligfield is President-elect of the New York Cardiological Society, President of the New York Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and Governor of the American College of Cardiology from metropolitan New York, Vice-President of the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology, and a member and past President of the American Osler Society. He has published numerous research papers and editorials, and he serves on the editorial boards of a number of subspecialty journals. 

Dr. Kligfield received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1970 and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. He was a Research Fellow in Cardiology at St. George’s Hospital in London England and a Fellow in Cardiology at Cornell University Medical college.

Event series:
Endowed Lectures and Awards