Published May 3, 2012
The award, presented April 28, recognizes former residents and fellows for extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.
“Dr. Cain has added greatly to the school of medicine’s and the university’s reputation for excellence,” said David T. Blasingame, executive vice chancellor for alumni and development programs at Washington University.
Cain devoted more than 34 years of service to Washington University prior to coming to UB, where he is dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president for health sciences.
After Cain earned his medical degree from George Washington University, he came to Washington University in 1975 for residency. He then completed a cardiology research fellowship and a clinical cardiology fellowship at the university.
In 1979, Cain was appointed a research instructor and rapidly rose to the position of professor of medicine. He was named the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology in 1994.
In 2006, he received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
While at Washington University, Cain became an internationally recognized cardiovascular physician-scientist. He held top leadership positions in the Heart Rhythm Society and chaired the scientific board of the Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Sciences.
Cain’s NIH-supported research was primarily directed at determining the contributing factors of ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation in the setting of healed myocardial infarction or cardiomyopathy to improve non-pharmacological procedures for arrhythmia ablation.
He has authored or coauthored more than 150 scientific manuscripts, chapters, review articles and editorials.