Joseph A. Craft III, M.D., F.A.C.C., was installed as the 2014 president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society at the Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner on Saturday, January 11 at Kemoll’s Top of the Met. Dr. Craft is a cardiologist with Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular.
Other 2014 officers installed included Michael J. Stadnyk, M.D., as president-elect; Samer W. Cabbabe, M.D., as vice president; and Robert A. Brennan, Jr., M.D., as secretary-treasurer. David L. Pohl, M.D. is the immediate past president.
Elected to three-year terms as Councilors are: Ramona Behshad, M.D.; Susan L. Dando, D.O.; James W. Forsen, M.D.; and Christopher Swingle, D.O.
A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., Dr. Craft is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He served his internship and residency and was chief resident in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. He currently is on staff at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
Active in organized medicine, Dr. Craft served as a SLMMS councilor from 2008 to 2011, as vice president in 2012 and as president-elect in 2013. He was a Missouri State Medical Association councilor in 2011 and from 2005 to 2007. He also is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Craft was the founder and inaugural chair of the American Medical Association Resident & Fellow Section Research Poster Symposium in 2005. He earned the Resident Teaching Award at Vanderbilt University in 2003, and was president of his medical school class during his second and fourth years. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society in 2002.
A resident of Kirkwood, Dr. Craft and his wife Liz have two sons.