Joseph Dolby Babb
(Deceased September 6, 2018)
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Joseph Dolby Babb,
born April 16, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio,
passed away on September 6, 2018. He was a
beloved husband, father, cardiologist, and a
true icon in his field.
A celebration of his life will be held at
the East Carolina Heart Center on Sunday
September 30, 2018 from 3 PM to 6 PM. On
line attendance will be possible. Please
follow link under photos/videos tab or copy
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graduating Glenbard High School in Glyn
Ellen, IL, Dr. Babb attended Kenyon College,
where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He then
attended Johns Hopkins Medical School, and
upon graduation, he interned and did his
residency at Massachusetts General Hospital
/ Harvard Medical School. He was a Captain
in the Army Medical Corps and served with
the U.S. Army 83rd Artillery in the Vietnam
War and at Walter Reed Hospital.
After his discharge from the military, Dr.
Babb completed his fellowship at the
Massachusetts General Hospital, in
interventional cardiology. Dr. Babb then
joined the Penn State University/ Hershey
Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of
Medicine and a cardiologist. While at Penn
State he had the opportunity to study in
Zurich with Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, a pioneer
in angioplasty. Dr. Babb performed the first
angioplasty at the Hershey Medical Center.
He moved to Connecticut in 1980 as Chief of
Cardiology at Bridgeport Hospital where he
performed the first angioplasty in the state
For the past 27 years, he had worked at the
East Carolina University Brody School of
Medicine in numerous roles, including
Professor of Medicine and Cardiology,
Director of Interventional Cardiology
Fellowship Program, Director of
Catheterization Laboratories. Professor
Emeritus and Distinguish Faculty He
established The Heart Failure Clinic and
most recently, The Peer Review Process.
Dr. Babb was a president of the Society for
Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention
(SCAI), chaired numerous committees within
SCAI, and represented the group at meetings
with federal policy makers and at
international medical societies throughout
the world. In addition he was active in the
American College of Cardiology where he
served as Governor, twice, once for the
state of Connecticut and then North
Carolina. He was also very active in the
North Carolina Chapter of ACC.
His career in medicine spanned five decades
and included numerous awards, including
recently the Distinguished Service Award,
Master of SCAI, and most recently Dr. Babb
was named Patient Preferred Cardiologist for
the state of North Carolina on 9/5/2018.
Dr. Babb was preceded in death by his
father, Joseph Abner Babb, and his mother,
He is survived by his wife Margo Babb,
daughter Elizabeth Babb, son Peter
Babb/Kristi, his stepsons John and Matthew
Tregenza/Sara, and seven grandchildren, Jack
Tregenza, Charlie Tregenza, Henry Tregenza,
Madison Tregenza, Stuart Tregenza, William
Tregenza and James Tregenza.
More on Dr.
can be found here.
information, and to sign his Guestbook,
please visit his Memorial Tribute at