Dr. J. Thomas Bigger Lecture Series

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Headshot of J. Thomas Bigger
J. Thomas Bigger, MD.

The annual J. Thomas Bigger Lecture, sponsored by the Leahey Foundation, the Department of Medicine, and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, memorializes J. Thomas Bigger, MD, the late Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Pharmacology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Bigger's research had an indelible impact on the current practice of cardiology, running the gamut from basic and clinical electrophysiology to major, landmark clinical trials. Past lectures include:

Beyond QT: Assessing Pro-Arrhythmia Potential
Daniel M. Bloomfield, MD, MPhil, FACC, FAHA
Senior Vice President, Global Clinical Research
Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiometabolic and Women's Health
MRL Lead, China R&D, Merck Research Laboratories

Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Device–Detected Atrial Fibrillation
A. John Camm, MD
Professor of Clinical Cardiology, St. George’s University of London
Professor of Cardiology, Imperial University, London

The Leahey Foundation

In 2016, the J. Thomas Bigger Lecture was created as an extension of the Leahey Lecture series and is co-sponsored by The Leahey Foundation. Dr. Bigger was a close friend of the Leahey family and the first chief of the Division of Cardiology at Columbia. His research had an outsize impact on the current practice of cardiology, running the gamut from basic and clinical electrophysiology advances to major, landmark clinical trials. The Leahey Foundation honors the accomplishments of the Leahey Brothers: Edward B. Leahey, Jr., MD, for his pioneering cardiac research, and his brother Michael I. Leahey, for his vital contributions to the funding and administration of clinical trials.

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The J. Thomas Bigger Lectures are open to the Columbia University community.


There is no cost to attend the J. Thomas Bigger Lecture.

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