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A 63-year-old cardiologist from Newton was struck by a car while jogging and died yesterday morning in Orlando, where had he traveled for a medical conference, according to officials.

Dr. Kenneth L. Baughman, director of Advanced Heart Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was in Orlando for the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2009 conference.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by a 2007 Saturn sedan while crossing the four-way intersection of Sand Lake Road, or State Road 482, and Universal Boulevard in Orlando at around 6 a.m. Monday, said Orlando Police Sgt. Bud Jones.

An investigation into the accident is on-going, said Jones, but he does not believe charges will be filed against the 50-year-old driver, Gary Krotke, of Haines City, Fla., which is about an hour from Orlando.

Jones described the intersection, which he does not recall as having any crosswalks, as a busy area, frequented by tourists, but has not been a common site for pedestrian or vehicle accidents.

The Scientific Sessions conference, which began Saturday and ends tomorrow, has been hosted annually in cities across the country since 1925 with the exception of 1945 and 1946 when it was suspended due to World War II, said Tagni McRae, Communications Manager for the event.

"We are heart-broken today by the loss of a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and physician," said a statement released today by the Baughman family. "Ken dedicated his life to his family and patients. His rewards from a life of caring were tremendous and his loss unfathomable."

Baughman served as director of the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., before being recruited to Brigham Hospital in 2002.

He was described as “an avid athlete who practiced what he preached,” a trusted friend, inspiring leader, thoughtful listener and compassionate clinician with selfless devotion “whose soft smile would warm any conversation,” in a statement released today by President of Brigham Hospital, Gary Gottlieb.

“His passion for his patients was woven into the fabric of our hospital,” Gottlieb said. “Ken represented the very best in medicine … He cared so deeply for each and every person he touched. Not only was he an extraordinary clinician, but he was a respected and accomplished researcher and brilliant mentor to dozens of young men and women who benefited from his nurturance and wisdom.”

Members medical community remembered Baughman in a statement released by the American Heart Association today, including Dr. Myron L. Weisfeldt, Osler Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.

“Ken was a physician’s physician, an exemplar of how you can lead and teach as a model to others. Thousands of patients knew him and benefited from his great expertise and his care,” Weisfeldt said.

Dr. Clyde W. Yancy, president of the American Heart Association and medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas also expressed his grief.

“The untimely death of Ken Baughman saddens the cardiovascular community and leaves us with a profound sense of loss,” Yancy said. “His contributions to cardiology and heart failure were important. His legacy as a scholar, investigator, clinician and gentleman will remain.”

Baughman leaves his wife, Cheryl, their two sons, Matthew and Christopher, daughters-in-law Michelle and Holly, four grandchildren and other family members.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, Gottlieb said, but the information will be shared once it is available.

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