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About the Lecture

The Mark L. Tykocinski, MD Lecture has been funded through the generosity of Dr. Alfred Spivack SKMC ’54 (1928-2016). In 2015, Dr. Spivack established the Spivack-Jaron Family Scholarship Fund and Tykocinski Lecture and symposium in creativity at Jefferson.

About Dr. Spivack

Dr. Alfred Spivack (1928-2016) served as cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also served on the Board of Directors of Stanford Hospital. At Stanford, he founded the Hypertension-Anticoagulation Clinic, Stanford’s popular Sports Medicine training course, and the Coronary Care Unit (CCU). While serving as the CCU’s founding director, Dr. Spivack was among the first to encourage nurses to take a more active role in the care of critically ill cardiac patients.

Among his career milestones and achievements, Dr. Spivack developed, with Hewlett Packard, the Arrhythmia Trainer as part of an effort to train coronary care physicians and nurses in the technique of defibrillation. He is a recipient of the American College of Medicine’s Laureate Award for Career Achievement and of the Stanford Medical School Rambar-Mark Award for Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Spivack was also a noted a ceramic artist and has been in several national and international juried art and invitational shows and participated in two invitational exhibitions in Korea. He was a member of the Association of Glass and Clay Artists of California.

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