Dr. Ian C. Gilchrist is a Professor of Medicine for Penn State University’s College of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey PA. Dr. Gilchrist graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and then obtained his MD from Columbia University. He received his residency and cardiology fellowship training at the St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in NY, and then an Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the Cooper Medical Center, Camden, NJ. Dr. Gilchrist is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, and Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Gilchrist has published widely in the cardiovascular field with over 250 papers or book chapters. He has been involved in >200 multi-centered drug and device trials. He is probably best known for his advocacy for transradial catheterization which he has performed for >25 years at Hershey. He is one of the founding members of the SCAI transradial group and the TRIP radial training courses. He has been instrumental in defining how to incorporated right heart catheterization with transradial techniques and the safety of the procedure while maintaining patients on anticoagulants such as Coumadin. He has also been involved in revamping the health care process such that that stent procedures can be done as a same day procedure without hospital admission resulting in significant reduction in healthcare costs and potential risks of hospitalization. Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that the use of transradial procedures saves life and reduces complications versus the legacy transfemoral approaches and it is now considered the standard of care in most of the world. Dr. Gilchrist has lectured widely on these topics both domestically and internationally.