Dr. John Cantwell is a
third generation physician from Wisconsin. He is a cardiologist with Cardiology
of Georgia P.C., medical director of the Homer Rice Center at Georgia Tech, and
Director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Piedmont Hospital.
He is editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia.
He attended Duke
University where he majored in English, participated in varsity basketball, and
was a member of Duke's first ACC championship team. After graduating from
Northwestern Medical School, he interned at the University of Florida and
obtained a medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic. Post-doctoral fellowships in
cardiology were served at the University of California, San Diego, and Emory
He served as Chief Medical
Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games, ultimately responsible for the care of over
ten thousand athletes and 1.5 million spectators.
Dr. Cantwell holds
fellowships in the American College of Cardiology, the American College of
Physicians, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been a
consultant to the President's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports, and is a
team physician for the Atlanta Braves and the Special Olympics. He was
president of the Association of Major League Baseball Team Physicians in 2000.
The author and
co-author of seven books, (including Stay
Young/ at Heart, Modern Cardiology, Medicine for Sport, and From the Heart to
the Himalayas), Dr. Cantwell enjoys creative writing, reading, distance
running, and participation sports with his wife and two children, one a
physician and the other a nurse. He is an active member of the Explorers Club
and has enjoyed adventure travels to all seven continents. He is a charter
member of his high school's Sports Hall of Fame for his football, basketball,
and baseball exploits, and still holds the school's career basketball scoring
Awards and honors
include the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll for Scholarship and Athletics,
the Aven Cup (highest award of the Medical Association of Atlanta), and the
Morehouse Medical School Award of Excellence (other recipients include
Archbishop Tutu, Jane Fonda, Lennie Wilkens, and Edwin Moses).