National advocacy board to recognize UT physician for groundbreaking research


Recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on syncope and disorders of the autonomic nervous system, Dr. Blair Grubb, UT Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Program will be honored for his groundbreaking work in Dysautonomia research.

Dysautonomia describes a group of diseases in which the autonomic nervous system does not work properly, affecting the heart, bladder, intestines and other organs and blood vessels.

Dysautonomia Advocacy Foundation will recognize Grubb at a reception in his honor from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Rent Charleston, in downtown Charleston, S.C. The association will present Grubb with a $25,000 award to support his research efforts.

“We presented Dr. Grubb with $5,000 last year and we are so impressed with his progress in groundbreaking research into the role of autoimmunity in the pathogenesis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), we decided to quintuple our gift this year,” said Sarah Glenn Smith, president of the association’s board.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, known as POTS, is a form of dysautonomia and the condition characterized by an inappropriate elevation in heart rate and drop in blood pressure when standing up that can cause lightheadedness and palpitations.

“We see people from all over the world with varying levels of disability due to these diseases. We are working hard to determine what causes dysautonomia so we can improve their lives,” Grubb said. “This funding will help us to continue our exploration of dysautonomia as an autoimmune disease.” 

Grubb pioneered many of the diagnostic and treatment modalities that are in common use for these disorders today and has authored more than 240 scientific papers, as well as five books and 35 book chapters. 

He was recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors” for twelve years in a row and received UT’s Distinguished University Professor award in 2009 and 2015. He was named the Medical Professional of the Decade by the British Heart Rhythm Society and Arrhythmia Alliance in 2015

While in South Carolina, Grubb will present a lecture entitled, “Autonomic Disorders: A Guide for the Clinician,” at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Grand Rounds Continuing Medical Education at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.