Dr. Bernard Lown is Professor Emeritus of Cardiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, Senior Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the founder of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation. A graduate of the University of Maine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Lown is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading cardiologists. Dr. Lown is a pioneer in research on sudden cardiac death. He invented defibrillator, discovered cardioversion and introduced the drug Lidocaine, used worldwide to control disturbances of the heartbeat. He is the author of hundreds of articles and monographs and published the book The Lost Art of Healing in 1996.
Dr. Lown co-founded the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in 1980 and accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace in IPPNW’s behalf in 1985. Dr. Lown is also the Founder and Chairman of SatelLife, a Boston-based non-profit organization. He is recipient of 20 honorary degrees from universities in the United States and abroad.