class of 1948
inducted in 1999
Horace MacVaugh, III, MD
Rear Admiral, US Naval
Reserve Medical Corps
Surgeon, Educator & Administrator
Upon graduating from Cheltenham in 1948, Horace MacVaugh attended Yale University. Initially concentrating his studies in
engineering and then physics, MacVaugh decided to pursue a career in
medicine. He earned his B.S. in zoology in 1952, and only three years later
received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Following an internship at Abington Memorial Hospital, MacVaugh joined the United States
Navy. After receiving training in Pensacola, Florida, he served for two years as flight
surgeon of a transport squadron in Oahu, Hawaii. "That was a wonderful tour of
duty," remarks MacVaugh, who was able to visit such nations as Japan, Thailand, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
MacVaugh returned to Philadelphia to pursue medicine as a civilian,
though he would remain in the US Navy Reserve. He completed his surgical
residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, training to become a cardiac surgeon
under such prominent men as Drs. I.S. Ravdin, Jonathan Rhodes, and Julian
Johnson. "I was fortunate to complete training toward the end of the
pioneering era of cardiac surgery," says MacVaugh, "and then
enjoyed the rapid acceptance of the new field in clinical medicine."
MacVaugh would go on to perform the first coronary artery bypass operations
at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
MacVaugh was a professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania until 1988 and at the Jefferson Medical
College of Thomas Jefferson University until 1990. He served as the Chairman
of the Department of Surgery at Lankenau Hospital from 1978 to 1986 and Chief of the
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Graduate Hospital from 1986 in
1990, both in Philadelphia. At present, MacVaugh is on the staff
of the Graduate Health System, The NuHart Clinic, The Cleveland Hair
Transplant Center, and The Physicians Body Sculpturing Center.
Throughout his career MacVaugh remained active in the US Navy Reserve Medical
Corps, attaining the rank of Rear Admiral in 1986. He enjoys a vigorous
leisure life, participating in such varied activities as skiing, woodworking
and the medieval game of court tennis. In 1986 he climbed the 18,500-foot peak of Kala Pitar in the Himalayas ("thin air but not technically
difficult," remarked MacVaugh). He is a licensed commercial pilot and is
planning to build his own airplane soon.
MacVaugh has three children and seven grandchildren. He currently lives in Philadelphia.