Other Notable Deaths


November 08, 2009


Medical device executive

Dr. Donald Baim, a renowned cardiologist and medical device executive, died Friday following surgery to treat a form of cancer, his family said. He was 60.

Baim had undergone recent surgery to remove diseased tissue caused by adrenal cancer, a rare form of the disease that attacks the adrenal glands.

Baim, a former Harvard medical school professor, most recently served as chief medical officer for Boston Scientific Corp., a leading manufacturer of pacemakers, defibrillators and other implants. He joined the company in 2006.

Boston Scientific Chief Executive Ray Elliot called Baim, a pioneer in the development of interventional cardiology.

Baim joined Harvard Medical School in 1981 and established the interventional cardiology program at Beth Israel medical center, a teaching hospital for Harvard students. The program specialized in training surgeons to use new medical devices, including stents. The mesh-metal tubes are used to prop open arteries after they have been cleared of fatty plaque.

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