Leading Cardiologist Tells Life Story

Dr. Peter C. Gazes

Dr. Peter C. Gazes, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, a member of Leadership 100 and devoted churchman, has published his life story in Through the Backdoor: Son of Immigrant Parents Overcomes Many Obstacles to Become a Physician.  Meeting obstacles at every turn in his life from college through medical school and internships, and the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, Dr. Gazes tells the remarkable story of his rise from humble origins as the son of Greek immigrants in Charleston, South Carolina, to the acme of his medical profession in cardiology.

Gazes established the nationally recognized cardiology division at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he received his medical degree and serves as Professor of Medicine, Distinguished University Professor of Cardiology and was formerly Director of the Cardiovascular Division. A renowned practitioner and teacher, he has published more than 200 articles, written eighteen chapters and textbooks and is the sole author of the textbook Clinical Cardiology: A Bedside Approach, now in its fourth edition, which has been sold worldwide.
Both the cardiovascular research building and an endowed chair in clinical cardiology have been established in his name at MUSC. Among the numerous awards he has received are the student American Medical Association Golden Apple Award, the National Gifted Teacher Award from the American College of Cardiology, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gazes has been devoted to the Greek Orthodox Church at every level, from his activity at Holy Trinity Church in Charleston, to his membership in the Archdiocesan Council, and his service as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Along with his wife, Athena, who has also participated in medical affairs and the Greek Orthodox Church, he has been an active member of Leadership 100.  They are the parents of three daughters and numerous members of their growing family, from sons-in-law to grandchildren, practice medicine. Dr. Gazes addressed the Leadership 100 Annual Conference in 2007.
Through The Backdoor is notable for its insights into coronary heart disease and the risk factors, as well as the practice of medicine. The book is interspersed with hilarious jokes and humorous asides, a characteristic for which Dr. Gazes is well-known and which has endeared him to many audiences. A world traveler, he also offers information on historical places of interest
Through The Backdoor may be order from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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