Marlene R. Eckstein, MD

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Title: Vascular Radiologist (Retired)

Company: The General Hospital Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital

Location: Highland, New York, United States

With a robust background in vascular radiology, especially angioplasty, Dr. Eckstein has made some truly landmark contributions to the field. Dr. Eckstein became a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1974, and became board certified in diagnostic radiology from the American Board of Radiology in 1978. As an early pioneer in vascular radiology, she used balloon catheters manufactured in special sizes to open long segment stenoses for leg salvage procedures. The results of her work later included the design and development of her own line of tapered selective and pulmonary vascular catheters. Dr. Eckstein provided her services for nearly four decades in her line of work, helping to save lives.

Earning a Bachelor’s degree at Vassar College in 1970, cum laude, followed by an MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1973, Dr. Eckstein completed her internship in medicine and residency in diagnostic radiology at Yale-New Haven Medical Center. She became an assistant radiologist and, later, associate radiologist and chief of the vascular radiology section at South Nassau Communities Hospital before becoming an assistant director in the department of radiology in 1981. From 1981 to 1983, she served on the executive committee and as hospital chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of Physicians and Dentists of Nassau County, New York. She also taught as an assistant professor of clinical radiology at State University of New York, Stony Brook Medical School from 1980 to 1983. She then joined the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA in the Vascular Radiology Section where she was an assistant radiologist from 1983 to 1987 followed by associate radiologist from 1987 to 2013 as well as an instructor of radiology at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 1984 and an assistant professor in the same department from 1984 to 2013 when she officially retired.

Outside of her achievements in medicine, Dr. Eckstein is an accomplished writer. With more than 21 published original papers to publications like Archives of Surgery, Current Controversies in Thoracic Surgery, Topics in Uroradiology, and The American College of Radiology Planning Guide For Radiographic Installations, she has written extensively on important medical topics. In addition, she has contributed to 18 abstracts and five non-print materials, such as video presentations and studies. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Eckstein lectured on different medical topics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. With more than 55 lectures during this time, she spoke about vascular interventional procedures, thrombosis, digital subtraction angiography and various related topics. In 1990, Dr. Eckstein received an award for her original poem, “Yearnings.” Recently, Dr. Eckstein compiled and edited the “Autobiography of Marc Eckstein,” which is a book detailing the lives of her parents.

Dr. Eckstein has been continuously dedicated to professional development throughout her career, maintaining affiliation with a variety of organizations. She is a fellow of the American College of Angiology, an associate fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, and a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the American Association of Women Radiologists, the American Medical Women’s Association, the Massachusetts Radiological Society, the Radiological Society of North America, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Eckstein served as president of the New England Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology from 1985 to 1986.  She is a lifetime member of Hadassah (Women’s Zionist Organization of America) since 1973 and received the Hadassah Love-of-a-Lifetime Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1997. In 2017, she was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement feature from Marquis Who’s Who.


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