Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Horace  MacVaugh, III, MD

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