Condolence: On behalf of the Million Hearts Team and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC, I’d like to express our condolences. Alan’s passion and optimism for change was counted on and inspirational. He will be missed, but has left a great legacy.
Condolence From: Michael Hulley, Michael Herbert and Kelly Griesenbeck
Condolence: On behalf of all of the entire International AHA team, we extend our deepest condolences to Alan's family, friends and colleagues in this time.
It was an absolute joy to work with Alan. His passion, intellect and drive was inspiring, and we benefited greatly from his support, guidance, and encouragement in thinking about new ways to integrate vascular medicine information into more training courses. Perhaps best of all, we will treasure and remember his wit, laughter and joyful outlook on life and are grateful to have had the opportunity to know and learn from him.
His loss is devastating, yet we are comforted by the positive and lasting impact he has left on his family, community and scientific study.
Wishing peace and comfort to all who knew and loved Alan.
Alan was longtime AHA volunteer leader. He was a pioneer in the field of vascular medicine and for nearly 30 years, he was a dedicated member of the AHA's Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. He was a past Chairperson of the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease's Program Committee, Fellow-in-Training & Early Career Committee, and Membership & Communications Committee. In everything he did on our behalf, the well-being of the patient was his primary focus. AHA is grateful to Alan for his infectious enthusiasm in advancing our mission and for his unwavering commitment to improving and saving lives. Our deepest condolences to Alan's family.
Condolence: We are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of a great friend, colleague, and mentor. Over the past 10 years, Alan provided us with tremendous support, guidance, and encouragement in our practice of vascular medicine. We will always treasure and remember our last breakfast meeting with Alan at the Original Pancake House (of all places!) only weeks before his passing. We will always recall his joyful, enthusiastic presence. We do extent our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues for their great loss.
Condolence: Alan's unexpected and terribly premature passing is a loss for many of us on a personal level. For those who did not know him though, the countless patients for whom he fiercely and passionately advocated, they have lost an amazing ally. Alan was brilliant, kind, welcoming, and warm. He brimmed with vitality. Alan genuinely tried to change the world. And he is one of the few who succeeded in that endeavor. He fought for every patient, teaching doctors to open our minds and hearts to all people. He will be deeply missed by me, and many many others who had the honor and privilege to know him. His death is devastating.
Condolence: I am so saddened to hear of Alan's unexpected passing. He was a vital force in joining efforts of the Society for Vascular Nursing with those in Vascular Medicine. His energy and passion to move forward the PAD agenda will be certainly missed by all. With deepest sympathy to his family.
Condolence: 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.
Condolence: My deepest sympathy to Alan's family. It was my privilege to know Alan through IRAD and to work with him on scholarly writing regarding aortic disease. Alan was an inspiration. He was hard working, knowledgeable, helpful and giving of his time and expertise.
Alan will be missed.
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