Dr. Ian Gilchrist honored for career excellence in interventional cardiology

June 23, 2021

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Ian Gilchrist of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center helped pioneer a new technique for heart catheterizations during the early 1990s. Instead of going through an artery in the groin, which was the previous standard, he performed the procedure through an incision in the wrist, reducing bleeding complications and improving patient comfort.

Dr. Ian Gilchrist poses for a professional photo, wearing a tie and medical coat.

Dr. Ian Gilchrist

IMAGE: Penn State

More than 25 years later, he’s receiving his professional society’s highest honor for his lifetime contributions to improving patient care through the transradial technique, which is now considered the standard of care worldwide.

Last month, Gilchrist received the title of Master Interventionalist, the highest designation awarded from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. The honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in interventional cardiology over their career. Gilchrist is one of five masters selected this year and one of only about 25 nationwide.

“It’s nice to see my name up there with others I had often looked up to in my career,” Gilchrist said. “I give all the credit to the cath lab nurses and my colleagues. It’s been a team effort.”

Gilchrist has published more than 250 papers or book chapters in his career, participated in more than 200 multi-centered drug and device trials, and lectured about and taught the transradial approach to interventional cardiologists worldwide.

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Last Updated June 24, 2021