Added on Jun 03, 2014 | Filed Under: Press Release


Dr. Christopher J. White Among Inaugural Class of SCAI Master Fellows

NEW ORLEANS –  Dr. Christopher J. White, Professor and Chairman of Medicine at the Ochsner Clinical School and System Chair of Cardiovascular Disease at Ochsner Medical Center, has been named to the inaugural class of Master Fellows of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (MSCAI). MSCAI is the professional medical society for adult and pediatric invasive/interventional cardiologists. SCAI is recognized worldwide for its commitment to quality and education for enhancing the care of patients who suffer from all forms of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease. The MSCAI recognition acknowledges outstanding SCAI members for a career achievement of excellence in patient care, teaching, research, and innovation.

“Master Fellow – or MSCAI – is a tremendous honor awarded to a Fellow of the Society, selected by his peers, as an invasive/interventional cardiologist who has demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence and significant achievements over the course of their career,” said Charles Chambers, M.D., FSCAI, 2014-15 SCAI President. “The MSCAI designation identifies the recipient as one of the outstanding leaders and pioneers of our profession.”

In 1978, Dr. White graduated with honors, AOA, from Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio before completing his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco.  From 1985 to 1988, he joined Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he served as Director of the Catheterization Laboratory and Director of Cardiovascular Research.  In 1988, he joined Ochsner Clinic and in 1994, he moved to HCI Medical Center in Glasgow, Scotland where he became Director of Invasive Cardiology

Dr. White returned to Ochsner in 1997 as the Chief of Cardiology and currently serves as Professor and Chairman of Medicine and System Chairman for Cardiovascular Diseases.  He has received numerous awards including: Teacher of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Ochsner Physician Leader of the Year and the Mason Sones Award for his leadership and service to the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

Dr. White was Editor-in-Chief of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions between 2000 and 2010.  He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented more than 150 scientific abstracts.  His major interests involve “new device” development and include the co-invention of a coronary angioscope, a laser angioplasty catheter, and the Wiktor™ coronary stent.  Another major area of interest has been the integration of coronary and peripheral vascular interventional therapy including the clinical utility of renal and carotid stents, limb-salvage angioplasty, pharmacologic and mechanical thrombolysis for acute ischemia, and acute stroke intervention.  His current research interests involve the detection of biomarkers for vascular disease, the utility of ablation devices for hypertension and the development of percutaneous heart valves.  Dr. White maintains an active clinical referral practice evaluating and treating patients with coronary, peripheral vascular, neurovascular, valvular and structural heart disease. 

The Master Fellows will comprise no more than 5 percent of SCAI’s membership. Those selected must have notable achievements in science, innovation, technical developments, teaching, leadership and the clinical practice of interventional cardiology, and have been an active member and Fellow of SCAI for at least 10 years.


About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system.  Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by 10 hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About SCAI
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive/interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's public education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit http://www.SCAI.org/or http://www.SecondsCount.org. Follow @SCAI and @SCAINews on Twitter for the latest heart health news.

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