Physician Profile

Thomas J. Ryan, MD

Senior Consultant & Emeritus
Chief of Cardiology

Academic Appointment:

Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Medical School:

  • Georgetown Medical School, Washington DC (1954)


  • Georgetown Medical Service, Washington DC (1958)

Post Residency:

  • Fellowship in Cardiology, Boston City Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA (1961)
  • Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease, D.C. General Hospital, Washington DC (1959)

Board Certification:

  • Internal medicine
  • Cardiovascular disease

Special Interest(s):

  • Valvular heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease


A professor of medicine and former chief of the Section of Cardiology (1971-1994), has long served the cardiology community nationally and regionally. Dr. Ryan is past president of the American Heart Association (1984-86), past president of the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology (1993-96), served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology and the Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is an elected member of the Association of University Cardiologists and the American Clinical and Climatological Society. An early contributor to the development of coronary arteriography, Dr. Ryan is an internationally recognized authority on ischemic heart disease. He has been a leader in the development and conduct of numerous NHLBI sponsored clinical trials addressing the role of bypass surgery, thrombolytic therapy and angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease. He has long been involved in the development of practice guidelines serving as Chairman of the ACC/AHA Subcommittee that generated the original Guidelines for PTCA in 1988 and their revision in 1993. Most recently, he chaired the ACC/AHA Subcommittee that has revised the Guidelines for the Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction. He has been a member of the Cardiology Advisory Committee of NHLBI and has served on the Editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy. In 1991, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and served as a Fogarty Senior International Fellow at Oxford University. Dr. Ryan is a recipient of the AHA's Gold Heart Award (1991) and was the 1996 recipient of the James B. Herrick award of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the AHA. In 1997 he received the Distinguished Fellowship Award of the American College of Cardiology and was elevated to Master status in the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine in 2001. This same year an Endowed Chair was named in his honor at Boston University Medical School. He received the Chairman's Award of the American Heart Association in 2001 and has been made a Master of the American College of Cardiology in 2003.

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Primary Address

88 East Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 638-8710
Fax: (617) 638-8719

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