My sincere condolences to the Hirsch family. I first spoke to Alan in 2001 when he called me soon after I became the president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. It was his mission to establish exercise rehabilitation for patients afflicted with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and was asking if I was interested in working with him. Though this most important clinical treatment was new to me at the time, within 5 minutes, his convincing and enthusiastic manner taught me how important it was to go forward with him. This phone call brought me into the PAD world. I witnessed first hand his leadership at so many levels, with individuals, professional health organizations, clinical practice guidelines writing committees, a public education foundation, and more, that transformed the treatment approach to PAD. Though many people have contributed to this field, it was Alan who was always the mover and shaker that brought a vision to reality. Whether in an official leadership position or not in the many organizations he served, he was always the voice that pushed all of us forward. He will be missed as a friend and colleague yet always remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of patients.
Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8:58 pm