January 01, 2013

Fred Morady, MD: Cardiac electrophysiologist, woodworker, pilot

Fred Morady, MD
What do you do at UMHS?

I have been at the University of Michigan since 1984, performing cardiac electrophysiology procedures, doing clinical research, and training fellows.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Teaching fellows, and being able to use catheter ablation techniques to improve the quality of life of patients troubled by bothersome arrhythmias.

When you’re not working, what do you do?

I enjoy exercising — running, cycling, and/or swimming daily. I have two hobbies I am passionate about: flying and woodworking. I earned my pilot’s license more than 20 years ago and have greatly enjoyed the thrills and challenges of aviation. I started building furniture more than 30 years ago and love this hobby more than ever. I have built most of the furniture in our home and now am starting to build pieces for my two daughters, Ilana and Aviva.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Along with my wife, Paulette, raising two incredibly wonderful and talented daughters; contributing to the training and career development of numerous fellows and junior colleagues who have gone on to become academic or clinical superstars in the field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology; and clinical research that has helped to advance the field of cardiac electrophysiology.

Who had the greatest influence on your career path?

My mentor at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Mel Scheinman. I was very fortunate to be working with him at the time that he invented the field of catheter ablation and performed the first catheter ablation procedure in 1981.

What are you currently reading?

An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage, and Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind by Alex Stone.

Which three people (living or dead) would you invite to dinner?

Maimonides, Leonardo de Vinci and Abraham Lincoln. Imagine the conversation!