July 11, 2008
In memoriam: Charles J. McCabe, MD

mccabeCharles J. McCabe, MD, a member of the MGH Department of Surgery and associate chief of MGH Emergency Services, died July 7 of complications from melanoma. He was 60 years old.

McCabe received his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University in 1970 and his medical degree from New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1974, joining the MGH as an intern in general surgery that same year. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis toward the end of his training led him to explore a new path in emergency medicine, where he quickly became a beloved educator and mentor for the surgical residents and medical students who rotated through the MGH Emergency Department. Also a professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, McCabe was devoted to his students and received many teaching honors, including the Harvard Faculty Teaching Award in 1987, 1994 and 1997 and the Harvard Medical School Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching in 2006.

Among McCabe's other appointments, from 1983 to 1992 he served as the state medical director for the Office of Emergency Medical Services, a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He also was a member of numerous professional societies and served on the editorial boards of many journals, holding posts as editor of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Care Quarterly.

McCabe is survived by his wife, Rose, his daughter, Krista, and many relatives, friends and colleagues. A funeral service will be held July 14, at 10 am at St. Joseph's Church at 68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way in Boston.

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