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Meet the Keynote Speaker

James E. Muller, M.D.

We are honored to announce that Dr. James E. Muller will deliver the Lasell University Commencement address for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.

headshot of Dr. James E. MullerJames E. Muller, M.D., is an academic cardiologist, entrepreneur, and social activist who is also a longtime friend and neighbor of Lasell University.  He has been a co-founder of three activities that grew to a global scale.

In 1980, Dr. Muller co-founded International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.  Over a 20-year period, he developed an FDA-approved device for detection of the vulnerable coronary plaques likely to rupture and cause heart attacks. In 2002, he founded Voice of the Faithful, a group of lay individuals dedicated to improving the Catholic church after the coverup of sexual abuse of children. Voice of the Faithful has grown into a worldwide movement, with Dr. Muller’s experiences chronicled in his book, Keep the Faith, Change the Church.

Dr. Muller studied Russian language at the University of Notre Dame, and in 1967 took a 6-month leave from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to become the first medical exchange student in Russia during the Cold War. In 1972, he worked with then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s office to establish a health cooperation agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union. Dr. Muller’s and Dr. Bernard Lown’s friendships with Russian physicians led to the formation of the IPPNW and its subsequent Nobel Peace Prize. He remains connected to the cause today, and hopes to continue dialogue with today’s students about reducing the risk of nuclear war for future generations.

In addition to his activism against the threat of nuclear war, Dr. Muller also participated in the 1965 Selma voting rights march led by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As a physician, Dr. Muller began his career as a cardiologist at the Brigham Hospital in 1973. He has served as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and as the CEO of Infraredx, Inc., a company he founded in 1999 to create a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) coronary catheter that would receive FDA approval in 2019. In 2017, Dr. Muller co-founded SpectraWAVE, Inc., to provide additional diagnostic capabilities for a coronary catheter.

Dr. Muller is currently the Chief Medical Officer of SpectraWAVE and a practicing cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.