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VUMC mourns noted cardiologist Crenshaw

Aug. 27, 2018, 10:04 AM


Marshall H. Crenshaw, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, died Aug. 23. He was 62.

Marshall H. Crenshaw, MD

Dr. Crenshaw was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southwestern at Memphis in 1978, and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1982.

He was a member of the Page-Campbell Cardiology Group at Saint Thomas Hospital for 18 years before becoming an assistant professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in 2006. He helped lead Vanderbilt Heart’s early efforts to establish a superior transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVR) program.

“Marshall was very active in teaching both general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellows in the cardiac cath lab at both institutions; [fellows whom he taught] admired him greatly,” said his friend and colleague of 30 years, Henry Jennings III, MD, assistant professor of Medicine. “A notable quality in the cath lab was his equanimity and imperturbability if a case was not going as planned, and the complexity of cases he was willing to take on.

“His patients absolutely adored him; I have seen that first hand.”

In addition to being an avid outdoorsman, Dr. Crenshaw greatly enjoyed astronomy and shared his knowledge of the subject with companions on hunting and fishing excursions.

Dr. Crenshaw is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane; children, Anna Lee, Carolyn, Mattie, Lucy and John Franklin; brother, Crawford; and sisters, Martha and Carolyn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Astronomical Society, 1667 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20006, or Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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