Peberdy Selected as First Wright Professor


Mary Ann Peberdy, M.D., has been named the inaugural C. Kenneth Wright Professor in Cardiology. She serves as director of VCU’s Advanced Resuscitation, Cooling Therapeutics and Intensive Care (ARCTIC) program and medical director of the hospital’s code and rapid response teams.

“Dr. Peberdy has made important contributions to the field of cardiovascular resuscitation and has helped to transform the field,” said Kenneth Ellenbogen, M.D., chair of the Division of Cardiology of VCU Pauley Heart Center.

Peberdy has authored over 140 research papers while also maintaining an active cardiology practice, focusing on patients with advanced heart failure or recovering from cardiac arrest. She is a founding physician of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of CPR, which houses the world’s largest database for in-hospital cardiac arrest, and currently serves as co-chair of the AHA’s Research Task Force. She joined the VCU faculty in 1993 following her residency and cardiology training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Last year, longtime contributor Ken Wright and his wife Dianne (who, sadly, passed away in October), established the professorship to recognize outstanding scholars on the Pauley Heart Center faculty. The award includes a stipend to support research.

The honorarium is named after Mr. Wright, who, according to Ellenbogen, “has been a huge benefactor to the university. He’s a big believer in education as the way to success.” Through the award, the Wrights “wanted to honor excellence, and they wanted to honor all of the contributions that Dr. Peberdy has made in cardiology as a mentor, researcher and doctor.”

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