R. Hardwin Mead
After growing up on the north side of Chicago and caddying as a youth, Hardwin attended Northwestern University on a golf caddy scholarship, the Evans Scholarship, and graduated in 1975 Phi Beta Kappa with a combined BA/MS and Honors in Biochemistry. He then attended Stanford Medical School, graduating after 3 1/2 years in January 1979. Hardwin completed his internship, residency, chief residency and cardiology fellowship at Stanford University Hospital . He and Roger Winkle started Silicon Valley Cardiology in 1984.
Hardwin has had a particular interest in pacemakers and implantable defibrillators as well as ablation for atrial fibrillation. In addition to being an investigator for numerous new technologies, he has implanted over 3000 pacemakers and defibrillators. He performs catheter ablation procedures for treating all arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation. As a physician who enjoys the interaction with the innovators in medical technology, he has been on the advisory or executive boards of 5 cardiovascular device companies. Despite this specialization, caring for patients with all varieties of cardiovascular problems remains his focus. Hardwin also has a passion for helping those most in need in other countries, and continues to make medical mission trips to Juarez, Mexico and Ethiopia. He also still enjoys golf though he no longer caddies! He and his wife live in Palo Alto where they have raised their 5 children.