Professor studying cardiac metabolism receives first Lange Chair

Dr. Craig Malloy, professor of internal medicine and radiology, has been named the first holder of the Richard A. Lange Chair in Cardiology.

"It is a real privilege to receive this chair," said Dr. Malloy, whose work focuses on better understanding of metabolism in the heart. "Dr. Lange is a good personal friend, and he is internationally known as a clinician, teacher and researcher."

In 1993 Dr. Malloy led the development of a new program at UT Southwestern devoted to analysis of cardiac metabolism using magnetic resonance spectroscopy methods. This lab, supported continuously by the National Institutes of Health, has established new diagnostic methods for patients with abnormal metabolism.

"Dr. Malloy is a pioneer in the use of magnetic resonance methods to define complex metabolic changes occurring in diseased hearts," said Dr. Joseph Hill, chief of cardiology and holder of the James T. Willerson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Disease and Frank M. Ryburn Chair in Heart Research.

Recently, the NIH established a national consortium to support physiological studies in mice, and Dr. Malloy directs one of the four national centers. He also serves as a physician at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"In addition to research, I greatly enjoy caring for heart patients and teaching, so I'm especially honored to hold a chair that recognizes Dr. Lange's accomplishment in all these areas," Dr. Malloy said.

He obtained his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital and a biochemistry fellowship at the University of Oxford.

Funded through the Norma H. and Sanders H. Campbell Charitable Foundation, the $1 million endowed chair is named for Dr. Richard Lange, who served as professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Parkland Memorial Hospital before accepting an appointment as professor and chairman of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in 2003. The Campbell family endowed the chair named for Dr. Lange in 2000, in recognition and appreciation of his leadership in cardiology and his dedication to his patients.