Marjorie Stanek, MD, joined the Einstein Cardiology Department in 1977, becoming the first full-time female cardiologist on the hospital’s staff. She has remained here for 39 years, watching the Cardiology Department grow from a unit of just six full-time doctors to close to 50 today.
After graduating from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP), Dr. Stanek served her first two years of residency at The Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., and her last year at Hahnemann University Hospital and completed a cardiology fellowship at MCP.
Dr. Stanek, who is director of Einstein’s Cardiac Stress Laboratory and an assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, recently sat down to reminisce about her early years at the hospital and how the practice of cardiology has advanced.
Let’s go back 39 years. Can you talk about how you wound up working at Einstein?
Dr. Stanek: I was a fellow at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. The head of my department, Dr. William S. Frankl, knew Dr. Harry Goldberg, the head of Einstein’s Cardiology Department. He called Dr. Goldberg. I came and interviewed, and they gave me the job. It was simple. I’ve been here ever since. [Dr. Goldberg was chief of cardiology at Einstein for 25 years and director emeritus for another 17 years.]