Remembering Stephen Brabeck, MD

Posted Friday, Mar 16, 2018

Today we are sharing some thoughts and memories about Stephen Brabeck, MD, who we recently learned has passed away. A former member of both ACHA’s Board of Directors (BOD) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) who practiced cardiology in California, he was also an adult who lived with congenital heart disease.

Beginning at least a decade ago, Dr. Brabeck strongly partnered with many other ACHA MAB members, and in particular, by exploring early versions of the CONGENERATE Health Initiative (Congenital Evaluation, Reporting and Tracking Endeavor), a tool that allows for ACHD specific data-sharing, program management and quality improvement using an electronic health record (EHR) customized for CHD patients and their health care providers. 

Below, some of Dr. Brabeck’s friends on the ACHA BOD and MAB share their memories.

Cindy Huie
Board of Directors Vice Chair

I initially met Steve when I joined the ACHA Board of Directors in 2010. At that time, he was not only on ACHA's MAB, but also on the BOD. Steve was my first introduction to a cardiologist sitting on the MAB as well as his having a CHD himself. Steve's passion for ACHA, and the specialty field of adult congenital heart disease, was immediately obvious. As I grew to know Steve better, continuing communication throughout the years, I came to know a person who was not only passionate about ACHA but a caring, giving, non-judgmental, positive person. I could go on and on with the adjectives but this should sum it up: Each and every occasion I spent with Steve, I came away wanting to be a better person! Steve will be extremely missed but will be a special angel looking over all of us who loved him.

Michael J. Landzberg, MD
Director, Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Service (PHT)

In a few words, for decades when I have reflected on Stephen, I have reminded myself of the lyrics of the Dan Fogelberg song, Leader of the Band—in particular, “his gentle means of sculpting souls.” Stephen was a gentleman: effective, ethical and caring.

Craig S. Broberg, MD, MCR
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, Oregon Health and Science University

Steve was one of a kind—a cardiologist with congenital heart disease. Easygoing, cooperative, sensible—a nice grounded voice of reason during our talks about ACHD data gathering. We shared a few patients over the years and I always enjoyed talking with him about things. He will be missed.   


To honor Dr. Brabeck’s legacy, his family has asked that donations be made to ACHA. If you'd like to remember him through a donation, you can do so here.


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