Dr. Braunwald served as the first Chief of the Cardiology Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, founding Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. From 1972 to 1996 he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Braunwald’s first major paper was published in Circulation Research in July 1954, and he has been a major force in cardiology in the past half century. For the past 22 years, as Chairman of the TIMI Study Group, he and his colleagues have conducted studies which have changed practice guidelines and favorably affected the lives of millions.
Dr. Braunwald is an editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, and the founding editor of Heart Disease, now in its 7th Edition, the most influential textbooks in their fields.
Science Watch listed Dr. Braunwald as the most frequently cited author in Cardiology. Dr. Braunwald has received numerous honors including the Distinguished Scientist Award of the ACC, Research Achievement, and Herrick Awards of the AHA, and the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology. Dr. Braunwald was the first cardiologist elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.