Eugene Anson Stead, 1908-2005
Eugene Anson Stead Jr, MD, will be remembered in the medical community for his visionary innovations in cardiology, health care delivery, and medical education. He passed away in June 2005 at the age of 96.
Stead's cardiac catheterization studies in the 1940s formed the basis of today's treatment of heart failure. His research teams were seminal in the description of the physiologic basis of congestive heart failure and shock.
The Physician Assistant program was created by Stead to solve the problems of physician and nursing shortages at the time by making use of returning Vietnam medical corpsmen with paramedical skills. Stead's combination of intuition and common …