R. Bruce Logue

The "Father of Cardiology" at Emory

Dr. R. Bruce Logue's primary interest was always teaching. During his 42 years of teaching medicine, Dr. Logue emphasized bedside diagnosis--in his words, a "high touch, low tech approach."

In a time before today's cardiac stress tests had been developed and put into everyday use, Dr. Logue's "high touch, low tech approach" included having patients run up a hill beside Emory Hospital in an attempt to reproduce chest pain. Today, such testing occurs with patients walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bicycle while attached to equipment to monitor heart rhythm and rate and blood pressure.

Dr. Logue was one of the first cardiologists in Georgia. His excellence in lecturing and writing led him to national prominence in the field of cardiology.

Dr. Logue published 90 scientific articles and co-edited The Heart with colleague J. Willis Hurst, M.D. Dr. Logue was the founding president of the Georgia Heart Association. In addition, he helped found the Emory Clinic.

He served as Chief of Medicine at Emory University Hospital, and played a key role in developing clinical cardiology at the hospital. Along with Dr. Hurst, he worked diligently to establish Emory's reputation as a cardiac referral center.

Dr. Logue's contributions to Emory include the establishment of Emory's first fellowship program in cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital and at Emory University Hospital. He also helped to establish a strong relationship between cardiology and cardiac surgery at Emory.

In 1980, Dr. Logue retired from Emory and became the director of the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta.

In 1981, the R. Bruce Logue Professor of Medicine Chair at the Emory University School of Medicine was established by family and friends of Dr. Logue. Attending physician coverage for inpatient cardiology patients at Emory University Hospital was divided into three services in the early 1990's--the Logue Service, named in honor of Dr. Logue, is one of those services.

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