Joseph P. Mathew, MD, is the Jerry Reves, MD, Professor of Cardiac Anesthesiology, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, and a professor of anesthesiology. With Duke since 1998, he also serves as director of both the Neurological Outcomes Research Group and Clinical Anesthesia Research Endeavors within the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Mathew’s contributions to clinical perioperative medicine have long been recognized in the fields of cardiology, surgery, and anesthesiology. He is internationally respected in the area of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)– a diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to monitor cardiac and blood-vessel function. This tool, used in connection with cardiac surgery by researchers at Duke, has played a critical role in perioperative stroke prevention, helping to reduce the rate of stroke by 50 percent. Dr. Mathew has published two editions of a textbook on TEE. He also is highly regarded for his groundbreaking research, which focuses on improving perioperative patient outcomes. Particularly, he has worked to understand and intervene to reduce perioperative organ injury, including perioperative arrhythmias and postoperative cognitive dysfunction. Dr. Mathew currently has broad funding from the NIH and, in the past, from the American Heart Association and other funding areas. He has served on national committees within the anesthesia community and within the cardiovascular and surgical communities. He was named a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography in 2004. Dr. Mathew earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas and an M.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine, respectively.
Given by Joseph G. and Virginia Reves
Jerry G. Reves, MD, is recognized as a pioneer in modern anesthesiology. In 1975, while associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Alabama, he became the first physician to use the drug now known as Versed, the most common anesthetic used worldwide today, on a patient during surgery. Dr. Reves came to Duke in 1984 and, with then-chair of surgery David C. Sabiston Jr., MD, and then-chair of medicine Joseph C. Greenfield, MD, co-founded the Duke Heart Center in 1987. He served as Heart Center director for 10 years and designed the anesthesia protocol for Duke’s first heart transplant in 1985. Dr. Reves mentored trainees who went on to become department chairs at universities across the country. From 2001 until his 2010 retirement, he served as vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Reves and his wife, Virginia, established this endowment in 2006 to fund a professor in cardiac anesthesiology, combining an endowment they previously established in 1997 with planned gifts from Margaret Cathcart and gifts from other donors.