Title: Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Company: Minneapolis Heart Institute
Location: Eagan, Minnesota, United States
Charles C. Gornick, Jr., MD, Senior Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cardiology.
Having accrued nearly 40 years of cardiac electrophysiology practice, research, and teaching, Dr. Gornick is renowned as one of Minnesota’s and the Midwest’s top cardiac electrophysiologists. Inspired to pursue a career in medicine by a local Minnesota physician, Dr. Gornick earned an Associate of Science from Hibbing Junior College. He furthered his education by achieving a Bachelor of Science, cum allude, and a Doctor of Medicine, both from the University of Minnesota. As a medical student, he discovered his interest in cardiology during clinical rotations under the mentoring of Dr. Naip Tuna and Dr. Howard Burchell. His post-graduate training was completed at the University of Minnesota as a resident in internal medicine, cardiology fellow, and cardiac electrophysiology fellow. As a cardiology fellow, Dr. Gornick pursued additional training in cardiac electrophysiology, which was a newly recognized specialty area in cardiology under the mentorship of Dr. David Benditt. Subsequently, he earned board certifications in internal medicine in 1980, in cardiology in 1983 and in cardiac electrophysiology in 1992.
Upon spearheading his career, Dr. Gornick accepted a position at the Minneapolis VAMC as part of the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 2000, he accepted a position at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital part of Allina Health and soon became the director of the cardiac electrophysiology section one of the largest inpatient volumes in the Midwest. Presently, he serves as the senior cardiac electrophysiologist, in which he specializes in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, the management of patients with syncope and autonomic disorders, and the cardiac device placement and management of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. In addition, Dr. Gornick is also part of the Midwest Congenital Cardiac combined program of the Minneapolis Heart Institute, Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, and Minneapolis Children’s Heart Clinic, serving in strong clinical and program leadership roles. To add to his clinical and administrative duties, he continues to be active in teaching and research via the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Recent publications to his credit have included clinical studies involving pacing/defibrillators and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Gornick was recognized by the National Institutes of Health with a Clinical Investigator’s Award and the VA with Merit Program research funding. In recognition of his outstanding clinical accomplishments, research, and teaching, he is recognized as a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology. Notably, Dr. Gornick has served as the president of the Minnesota affiliate of the American Heart Association. The medical professional attributes his success to his perseverance and continued intellectual fascination with all things medicine, as well as his ability to effectively mentor those around him in both clinical and supervisory skills. With this sentiment, he has recently stepped down as the director of cardiac electrophysiology to allow a younger member to take over under his continued mentorship.
Reflecting on his numerous career accomplishments, Dr. Gornik considers his best personal accomplishment to be his family. This includes his wife of 43 years, Nancy, a registered nurse, and children Sarah, Brian, Christopher, and Emily. Upon the sudden loss of Sarah to meningococcal sepsis, this unfortunate event has shaped Dr. Gornick’s character and has further strengthened the bond among all members of the family. Looking ahead, Dr. Gornick envisions himself settled into retirement within the next five years.
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