Established in 1971 by the estate of Bessie Darling Massey

BESSIE DARLING MASSEY and her husband, J. Alan Massey, owned the Hamilton Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. Mrs. Massey, a patient of Hopkins physician JOHN E. BORDLEY, Med 1929, honored him with the creation of this professorship. Dr. Bordley was director of the Department of Otolaryngology from 1952 to 1969, with a joint appointment at the School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Bordley died in 1993 at the age of 90.


The chair also honors Bessie Darling Massey's father, EDWARD GALBREATH DARLING.


ELLIOT R. McVEIGH joined Hopkins faculty of radiology in 1988, working with Elias Zerhouni to develop a research program in cardiac MRI. In 1991 he founded the Medical Imaging Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in which many novel MR imaging techniques were developed forming the foundation of the modern cardiac MRI exam. Dr. McVeigh’s laboratory also demonstrated the ability of MRI to evaluate the benefit of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in the failing heart; these studies were seminal in understanding how CRT should be used. In 1999, Dr. McVeigh joined the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics at NIH to develop a research program in cardiovascular interventional MRI, and in 2007 he returned to Hopkins as the Massey Professor and director of Biomedical Engineering. His vision for the department is to produce new knowledge from stellar laboratories and promote the transfer of that knowledge into patient care at the fastest pace possible. Among his many honors, he was awarded the Regional Excellence in Tech Transfer Award in 2005 by the Federal Laboratory Consortium. Dr. McVeigh holds numerous U.S. patents and has published over 145 articles in peer-reviewed journals.