Henry M Spotnitz, MD, is the George H Humphreys, II, Professor of Surgery at Columbia Univeristy. He has been a member of the Thoracic Surgery Attending Staff at New York Presbyterian since 1975. He was previously a Staff Associate at the National Heart Institute (NHI). His R01 grants (1978–2006) involved the study of the effects of cardiac surgery on heart function. Professor Spotnitz’s research interests include myocardial protection in congenital heart disease, pacemaker implants in children, and biventricular pacing for acute heart failure. His research is supported by grants from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among others. He received a BA from Harvard and later gained an MD.