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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: Dr. George E. Burch

Distinguished Tulane Medical and Public Health Faculty and Tulane Health Sciences Alumni. Selected highlights on their contributions to medical science.


Dr. George Burch

Dr. George E. Burch

Matas Library Photograph Collection, no. 1554

Biography - George Edward Burch, M.D. (1910–1986)

Chairman, Department of Medicine, 1947 - 1975

Dr. Burch was world-renowned in the field of electro-cardiology and responsible for early heart disease work which showed the importance of venous pressure of the peripheral circulatory system. He was responsible for a number of medical "firsts":

  • among the first to recognize the constricting and dilating action of blood vessels in directing blood back to the heart
  • first to use radioactive substances in the study of heart disease and set basic standards still observed in their use and application
  • among first to recognize the effects of environmental factors on heart function
  • produced the classic description of the Papillary Muscle (Burch) Syndrome as well as a particular electro-cardiograph pattern diagnostic of cerebrovascular disease

*Tulane graduate

Publications & Quotations of Chairman George, Compiled by the Class of 1974

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