Dr. Pitt, a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Basel (Switzerland), is Professor of Internal Medicine emeritus, University of Michigan School of Medicine. Before that, he spent 15 years as the Director, Division of Cardiology, University of Michigan School of Medicine.
Dr. Pitt’s research is in practically all areas of cardiovascular disease, with special emphasis on the ischemic heart disease and heart failure. Dr. Pitt is author of close to 500 papers and chapters in books and is Member of the Editorial Board on a number of Journals in cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Pitt received his postdoctoral training at Beth Israel Hospital Boston and the Johns Hopkins Hospital University, and then joined the Faculty of the John Hopkins University. He joined the University of Michigan in 1977 as the Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiology.
He is a member of numerous professional societies and has held office in several of them. Among others, he was Chairman, Council on Circulation of the American Heart Association, President of the Michigan Chapter of American College of Cardiology, Chairman, Young Investigator’s Award and the Research Committee of the American College of Cardiology. Dr Pitt has distinguished himself as the Principal or Co-principal Investigator of a number of clinical trials, such as the Digitalis-Captopril Trial (300 patients), Studies of Left Ventricular Dysfunction (SOLVD - 6,700 patients), Pravastatin Limitation of Atherosclerosis in the Coronary Arteries (PLAC Study - 600 patients), QUIET Study (1,750 patients), Prevent Trial (600 patients), Reflect II Trial (300 patients), RALES trial (3,200 patients), Ephesus (6,400 patients), ELITE II (3,000 patients), and EMPHASIS-IF (2737 patients) and is the recipient of the Herrick award from the American Heart Association.
Dr Pitt’s has been consulting for companies such as Warner Lambert Company, Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Nova Pharmaceuticals, Gensia Pharmaceuticals, Centocor Pharmaceuticals, Boots Pharmaceuticals, Ivax Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacia, Merck, Novartis, Takeda, Bristol Myers Squibb, and others.
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