WVU to Honor Heart Specialist
Abnash Jain, M.D., led cardiology program for 27 years


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine has established a distinguished professorship to honor the work of Abnash C. Jain, M.D., section chief of cardiology from 1979 to 2006.

Dr. Jain will be honored by the Department of Medicine at a dedication ceremony Friday, May 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Auditorium.

Friends, family, colleagues, alumni and grateful patients created an endowment to support the professorship, and many of them will be present to celebrate with him.

“Dr. Jain has truly been a pillar of the WVU Medical School,” said James E. Brick, M.D., chair of the Department of Medicine. “He is an excellent role model for the medical students, residents, fellows and staff.”

Jain has often won recognition from students and peers. His awards include Best Attending Physician in Medicine, Clinician of the Year, and Distinguished Teacher.  He is also the recipient of the Laureate Award from the West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dean of the School of Medicine. 

He serves as Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular and Interventional Fellowship Programs at the WVU School of Medicine.


Jain received his medical degree from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India in 1959. He then became a member and fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  He did additional postgraduate work in England and Ireland followed by a residency and fellowship at the Albany Medical Center in New York and at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  He joined the WVU School of Medicine in 1973.

Jain has been married to Dr. Prem Jain for 37 years.  They have two sons, Sandeep and Nitin (Sonny) and two grandchildren, Milun and Syia.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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