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Collection Vertical File Photos
Catalog Number VF35
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Charles F. Wooley (1929 - 2008) graduated from Providence College in 1950, and received his M.D. from New York Medical College in 1954. He attended the U.S. Navy School of Aviation Medicine at Pensacola Florida; designated in 1956 he served with the U.S. Navy Early Warning Squadrons at N.A.S. Patuxent River, Maryland and Argentina, Newfoundland, then as Senior Medical Officer, Marine Air Group 32, M.C.A.S., Beaufort, South Carolina.

Wooley completed medical residency and a cardiology fellowship at Ohio State in 1963 and was a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine from 1960-2008. He was one of the earliest full time academicians in the OSU Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He was Director of the Cardiology Catheterization Laboratory from 1963-1971. After establishing the Overstreet Cardiovascular Teaching and Research Laboratory, Wooley served as its Director from 1982 to 1991. Notable contributions from this lab were the studies of left bundle branch block which became the basis for biventricular pacing, aortic physiology and pathology, connective tissue disorders, and his family study.

Early on, prior to most contemporary cardiologists, Wooley became interested in pacemakers and electrophysiologic studies. These early EP studies defined mechanisms of atrial arrhythmias and atrial conduction disorders (he was one of the first to do such studies). He was an expert in angiography of valvular and congenital heart disease, including some innovative studies with upright posture. He also pioneered intracardiac sound and hifidelity pressure recordings.

Wooley's major areas of interest were mitral and tricuspid disease, mitral valve prolapse and MVP syndrome (for which he developed the definitive classification and disease mechanisms), function and disorders of the aorta, cardiovascular manifestations of connective tissue disorders, and his family with familial cardiomyopathy - the studies of which evolved over 35 years and eventually defined the natural history, genetic basis, pathology, and therapy. This study identified the appearance of hereditary disease in middle life and its progression from arrhythmia to muscle disease.

After retirement in 1992, Wooley remained active in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He actively participated and served as president of the Osler Society, an international medical history association. As his interest in medical history grew in the 1990's, he along with others developed the OSU Medical Heritage Center.

In the last half of his academic career, Wooley became a world renowned historian. Wooley's interest in the historical aspects of mitral valve prolapse began with realization that MVP was not a new disease. DaCosta's original work during the Civil War in which he described midsystolic clicks in "disabled" soldiers led Wooley to uncover the MVP story. Wooley wrote nearly twenty papers on this story and compiled them in his book, "The Irritable Heart of Soldiers and the Origins of Angelo-American Cardiology" published in 2002. He was also the author of "Academic Heritage: The Transmission of Excellence" (1992), "The Second Blessing: Columbus Medicine and Health The Early Years" (2006) and countless articles and papers.

Wooley was an exceptionally honorable person, who was also very much his own man. That was one of the reasons many sought his advice. He was a man who cared deeply about people, whether they be patients, students, colleagues or friends. He was a devoted family man and devout Catholic.
Title Charles F. Wooley (1929 - 2008)
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