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AHN Names David Lasorda, DO, as Recipient of Frank Begg, MD, Endowed Professorship in Interventional Cardiology

Thursday, October 10, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has named David Lasorda, DO, as recipient of the Frank Begg, MD, Endowed Professorship, reflecting his contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. The appointment was announced on Wednesday at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) during the inaugural professorship lecture.

Dr. Lasorda has been an attending interventional cardiologist at AGH for more than three decades and serves as the director of the hospital’s Division of Interventional Cardiology and cardiac catheterization laboratories. In his role, he has helped bring pioneering cardiovascular care to the community including new, minimally-invasive interventional techniques for those with the most complex heart diseases.

“Dr. Lasorda has been an integral part of the Cardiovascular Institute’s longstanding legacy of providing the highest quality heart care to patients throughout the region, making him the ideal selection for this distinguished professorship,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, Chair of the AHN Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. “It has been a privilege to work alongside him, and we look forward to his continuing efforts to drive clinical innovation, novel interventional treatments, and exceptional patient care at the AHN Cardiovascular Institute.”

Recent breakthroughs in interventional cardiology have included the introduction of new devices and techniques that promote minimally invasive procedures in high-risk patients with coronary and valvular heart disease. In his practice, Dr. Lasorda offers a diverse set of innovative solutions for these conditions allowing for the best clinical outcomes for patients.

In collaboration with Dr. Stephen Bailey, System Director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at AHN, Dr. Lasorda has helped establish one of this region’s best programs in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at AGH for the treatment of aortic valve stenosis.

In addition, Dr. Lasorda has mentored and trained over 50 interventional cardiologists within the last two decades, many of whom have gone to successful clinical practice in this region.

“Dr. Frank Begg paved the way for interventional cardiologists to make a lasting impact in the field through his work at AGH. His immense contributions to the field of cardiology – then and now – have inspired generations of cardiologists to stay vigilant in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for improving patient care,” said Dr. Lasorda. “It’s an honor to accept this professorship, and on behalf of the AHN Cardiovascular Institute, I would like to thank the entire Begg family for their ongoing support of our mission.”

The late Dr. Frank Begg served as the second director of the first heart catheterization laboratory in the region at AGH. His son, Dr. Richard Begg, is also a cardiologist in Pittsburgh and was in attendance for the lecture.

“The clinical excellence at Allegheny Health Network’s Cardiovascular Institute exemplifies the legacy of leading care that this professorship represents,” said Dr. Richard Begg, cardiologist and son. “Overall, it’s an honor to support a team of clinicians, and an entire Network, committed to innovation and to providing the highest standards of excellence in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.”  

For more information on the AHN Cardiovascular Institute, visit https://www.ahn.org/cardiovascular.

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