Dr. Ted Diethrich

Dr. Diethrich and Team’s Pioneering Firsts:

  • 1971
    Use of treadmill testing in Arizona

  • 1977
    Freestanding outpatient clinic in the nation dedicated solely to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease

  • 1979
    Outpatient cardiac catheterization laboratory in the nation

  • 1982
    School of cardiac ultrasound

  • 1983
    Live telecast of open-heart surgery on prime time television (PBS), broadcast worldwide

  • 1984
    Heart transplant in Phoenix

  • 1985
    Heart/lung transplant in Arizona

  • 1987
    Use of laser during coronary artery bypass surgery

  • 1988
    Coronary stent procedure in Arizona

  • 1989
    Rural outreach program in Arizona for acute cardiac emergencies

  • 1991
    Use of Rotablator (atherectomy) during coronary angioplasty in Arizona

  • 1991
    Minimally invasive implantation of an automatic heart defibrillator device in the Southwest

  • 1994
    Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic in the Southwest

  • 1994
    Outpatient coronary stenting in the United States

  • 1994
    Endoluminal graft procedures for coronary artery disease in the United States

  • 1995
    Completed series of 100 carotid artery stent placements in Arizona

  • 1995
    Series of endoluminal graft exclusion of abdominal aortic aneurysms in Arizona

  • 1996
    Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass procedure in Arizona

  • 1996
    Ventricular reduction procedure in Arizona

  • 1997
    Transmyocardial revascularization procedure in Arizona

  • 1998
    Facility to introduce coronary calcium screening in Arizona utilizing Electron Beam Tomography known as the Arizona Heart Institute’s “Heart Test”

  • 2000
    Hospital in the world to offer Powerheart fully automatic external cardioverter defibrillators

  • 2000
    Implantation of the Frontier 3×2 heart failure pacemaker used in Ventricular Resynchronization Therapy in Arizona

  • 2000
    Minimally invasive placement of an Endoluminal Graft (ELG) in the world for a ruptured aneurysm

  • 2001
    Extraction, regeneration, and growth of thigh muscle cells to treat Congestive Heart Failure in Arizona

  • 2002
    Use of the Lumend Frontrunners to open occluded coronary arteries

  • 2003
    Carotid stenting compared to endarterectomy showing comparable results (CARESS Trial)

  • 2004
    Use of investigational amplatzer to close post-infarction ventricular septal defect

  • 2004
    Percutaneous myoblast transplantation to treat heart failure

  • 2005
    World leader in endoluminal grafting for thoracic aortic pathologies

  • 2005
    GE LightSpeed Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) 3D imaging “64-slice” scanner in Arizona

  • 2006
    Medical campus containing The Power of Three – an outpatient cardiovascular facility, a focused care heart hospital and a translational research center, all working together towards the fight to eliminate heart disease

  • 2007Outpatient TEG® platelet mapping to evaluate drug and dosage effectiveness in patients managed with anti-platelet therapy

  • 2007
    Full body imaging center on one campus utilizing latest GE technology such as dual VCT 64-slice CT scanners, Signa 1.5T cardiac MRI and Lunar Prodigy Advance DEXA scanner

  • 2007
    Tandem left heart support to treat failing left ventricle

Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, an internationally esteemed cardiovascular surgeon who has practiced for 40 years in Phoenix, Arizona, is regarded as one of the world’s pioneers in noninvasive cardiovascular disease diagnosis and innovative surgical and minimally invasive treatment modalities.

Dr. Diethrich recently completed his memoirs (SLED: The Serendipitous Life of Edward Diethrich), in which he chronicles his extraordinary 50-year career, from his early days training and working with the world’s most eminent surgeons to the pinnacle of his international success as a world renowned cardiovascular surgeon.

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Education and Certifications

A University of Michigan alumnus (BA, 1956; MD, 1960), Dr. Diethrich completed his surgical training at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit before going to the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for his thoracic and cardiovascular surgery training. While at Baylor, where he was a member of the academic staff following his residency, Dr. Diethrich played a pivotal role in the development of human heart transplantation with his mentor, Dr. Michael DeBakey.

Dr. Diethrich is continuing his passion for teaching and research as Medical Director of the Arizona Heart Foundation.


Inventions and Ventures

In 1971, Dr. Diethrich founded the Arizona Heart Institute (AHI), the nation’s first freestanding outpatient clinic devoted solely to the prevention, detection, and treatment of heart and blood vessel diseases. As Medical Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery for the Institute and former President of the Institute’s nonprofit Arizona Heart Foundation, Dr. Diethrich drew on his foresight and dynamic pioneering spirit to lead both AHI and its research foundation to levels of prominence in the international medical community.

In addition to his roles at AHI, Dr. Diethrich served as Medical Director and Chief of Cardiovascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Arizona Heart Hospital (AHH). At AHH, Dr. Diethrich regularly performed state-of-the-art endovascular procedures using the very latest in intraluminal devices, many of which he helped design and test in clinical trials. His Translational Research Center on the AHH campus houses facilities for researchers to develop and test new minimally invasive technologies and gene/cell therapies.

A leader in the development of minimally invasive vascular procedures, Dr. Diethrich was an early adopter of the ceiling-mounted radiographic equipment that made endovascular interventions possible. Despite state-of-the-art radiation protection, his decades of near daily exposure to minute amounts of radiation took their toll on his health. Working in conjunction with the Organization for Occupational Radiation Safety in Interventional Fluoroscopy (ORSIF), Dr. Diethrich was the model for a documentary on the ill effects that radiation can have on the human body.

Awards and Achievements

Dr. Diethrich’s professional accomplishments are diverse, including the development of the sternal saw used routinely today for open chest surgery, the establishment of the nation’s first outpatient cardiac catheterization laboratory at AHI, and initiation of Phoenix’s first heart and heart/lung transplantation program, to name but a few. As part of his interest in patient education, Dr. Diethrich appeared regularly in the past on a weekly call-in television news program and occasionally on other nationwide healthcare special interest programs.

Dr. Diethrich, who is board certified in both general and thoracic surgery, is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Angiology, Cardiology, Surgery, and Chest Physicians and the International College of Angiology. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.


National Media Exposure

Dr. Diethrich has written more than 400 scientific papers, several textbooks, and myriad lay publications, in addition to producing hundreds of videos and films. He has trained more than a thousand surgeons and other specialists in cardiovascular surgery and endovascular interventions. Among the innumerable honors Dr. Diethrich has received are the Frederick A. Coller Award, the presidency of the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, and the establishment of the Edward B. Diethrich Vascular Surgical Society by his trainees.

Dr. Diethrich has written many books in his career, including these.

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