Marvin M. Kirsh, M.D. earned his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1959. He trained in both general and thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan and has remained here throughout his career. In 1990 Dr. Kirsh was appointed Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital. He now holds Emeritus Professor status at both the University of Michigan and the University of California Irvine Medical Center.
Dr. Kirsh's achieved full professorship status at the University of Michigan after only six years on the faculty. Through his expertise in teaching, he has trained many of the finest cardiac, general and thoracic surgeons in the field today. While maintaining his active clinical practice, Dr. Kirsh received numerous research grants, served on numerous editorial boards and NIH Study Sections. He is a member of all the important surgery and thoracic surgery professional societies and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 1997. 2005 marked the inauguration of the Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professorship in Cardiac Surgery honoring Dr. Kirsh's many outstanding professional achievements. His bibliography includes more than 200 journal articles, and 19 book chapters.