U mourns loss of a thought leader on preventing heart attacks and strokes
The Medical School lost a beloved professor, colleague, mentor, and friend — Alan Hirsch, M.D., of Minneapolis — on April 14. A longtime faculty member, Hirsch, 62, was a professor of medicine and director of the U of M’s Vascular Medicine Program at the Lillehei Heart Institute. While at the U of M, Hirsch established a new standard of care for treating vascular disease, as his research named exercise as a form of prevention. He was a thought leader in promoting the use of daily low-dose aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Hirsch also was a founder of the Society of Vascular Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Sue Duval; and 3 children.