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November 19, 1941 - December 12, 2015 George A. Diamond, MD, internationally renowned cardiologist, died at his home in Valley Village on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at the age of 74. Dr. Diamond was a distinguished member of the full time staff in the Cedars-Sinai division of Cardiology for nearly 25 years, and published over 600 scientific articles during his brilliant career. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was part of a small team of cardiovascular researchers who put Cedars-Sinai "on the map" by forever changing the way that cardiovascular disease was assessed and treated. His work with world-renowned Dr. Jeremy Swan and William Ganz gave rise to the Swan-Ganz catheter, a procedure that soon became the standard worldwide. He was widely lauded for his pioneering application of Bayes' theorem to diagnostic testing, risk assessment, and medical decision-making. For this work, he was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Cardiology, an award whose first recipient was Lyndon Johnson, in recognition of the establishment of Medicare. Dr. Diamond was also a passionate advocate for creative, evidence-based approaches to health care reform. Two decades ago he published a seminal paper outlining a radical new strategy for health care reimbursement -- "fee for benefit" -- which presaged the currently popular "pay for performance" trend in health care. Dr. Diamond's work has had a profound effect on generations of aspiring cardiologists through his insightful and rigorous training and innovative ideas. In addition to his intellectual gifts, George Diamond was known for his exuberant sense of humor, his love of classical music, his passion for skiing, and his profound loyalty to friends and family. Dr. Diamond is survived by his wife of 51 years, Oleta, his two daughters, Nicole and Lisa, and his grandchildren Aidan and Chloe. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, California on December 15.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2015
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