Thursday, 02 March 2023
What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger
Remote & Rural Medicine: A Transatlantic Collaboration - remote ischemic conditioning in stroke and vascular dementia
Prof David C Hess MD, stroke specialist and Dean of the Medical College of Georgia
Professor David C. Hess MD, a stroke specialist, federally funded investigator, honored educator and biotech entrepreneur, is the 27th Dean of the Medical College of Georgia and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Integration at Augusta University. Dr. Hess also continues to serve as Presidential Distinguished Chair and as a Professor in the MCG Department of Neurology. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Vascular Neurology.
As MCG Dean, Dr. Hess has helped oversee the most significant curriculum change in MCG’s history to better address the need for more primary care physicians in Georgia and beyond and to enable all students to better tailor their medical education to optimally meet their future practice plans.
A prolific physician-scientist whose focus is improving stroke treatment and recovery, Dr. Hess has nearly 220 peer-reviewed publications and has been involved in basic, pre-clinical and clinical stroke research. He currently is the Principal Investigator on three National Institutes of Health grants and an NIH COVID-19 supplement award. Dr. Hess helped develop the REACH telestroke network in rural Georgia that now numbers more than 20 hospitals. REACH enables timely stroke diagnosis and treatment by using the internet to eliminate distance between patients and stroke specialists.
Dr. Hess has a major interest in the area of remote ischemic limb conditioning (RIC) as a treatment for acute ischemic stroke and vascular cognitive impairment. He has an NIH-funded study to determine if red blood cell markers are involved in how RIC works and if they can predict stroke outcomes. He serves as the Associate Editor of the journals Conditioning Medicine and Translational Stroke Research.
A passionate educator of students, residents and fellows, he has received numerous teaching honors including the MCG Educator of the Year Award and multiple Exemplary Teaching Awards. In 2012, he received MCG’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award and the Distinguished Research Award from the university’s Research Institute. In 2001, he received the Humanism in Medicine Award from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2020, he was honored with the MCG Faculty Senate Spirit of MCG award. Dr. Hess has been named to America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America every year since 2000.