Dr. Dworkin Heads Florida Heart Surgeons SocietyIn 1967, when Gary H. Dworkin, MD (CATS’92), was only 10 years old, his eyes fell on the cover of an issue of LIFE magazine. The headline appeared above the picture of a bed-ridden patient attended by two nurses. It read: “Gift of a Human Heart.” The story was of the very first heart transplant, performed in Cape Town, South Africa. “That was my inspiration to become a cardiac surgeon,” Dr. Dworkin says. And he became one, with a long list of accomplishments to his credit. His latest achievement is to be named President of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. Established in 1967, the Society’s membership includes the majority of all cardiothoracic surgeons actively practicing in the State of Florida. Its goal is to provide continuing education and advocacy for cardiothoracic surgeons to ensure the highest level of patient care. The society also holds an annual meeting to provide topical and valuable educational opportunities in science, as well as political and economic information useful to its members. Dr. Dworkin is a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. He was a Clinical Associate in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic from July 1991 to July 1992. Earlier, his bachelor’s and master’s degrees were earned from Northwestern University through its combined, four-year BA/MS honors program. His medical degree is from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. His internship, general surgery residency and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery fellowship were at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. After leaving Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Dworkin joined Cardiac Surgical Associates in Tampa Bay, Fla., contributing to its becoming one of the largest private practice cardiovascular and thoracic surgical groups in the country. Among Dr. Dworkin’s accomplishments are observing, teaching and performing cardiovascular and thoracic surgery in Europe, Canada, China and Latin America. He has led five medical missions to the Dominican Republic, providing cardiovascular surgical care to the disadvantaged. Additionally, Dr. Dworkin, along with physician partners in South America, founded a global medical insurance company. He is a member of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is also President-elect of the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association. Dr. Dworkin and his two sons, Alex and Jack, enjoy foreign travel, fishing, scuba diving, running and being fluent in Spanish.
Gary H. Dworkin, MD, poses alongside the LIFE magazine cover (December, 1967) that inspired him to enter the medical profession.