Terry A Gordon DO, FACC
Dr. Terry A. Gordon graduated from Emory University with a degree in Psychology. Having completed his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, his internal Medicine training at Akron General Medical Center, he then completed his Invasive Cardiology Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation becoming board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases.
One of his missions in life was saving the lives of our most precious resource, our children. After the tragic death of Josh Miller, a 15 year old football player at Barberton High School, Dr. Gordon, as then president of the Summit County Ohio American Heart Association helped to raise the funds to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in every junior and high school in his community. His community became the first county of its size in the nation to do so. For his efforts, the American Heart Association named him their National Physician of the Year 2002.
Dr. Gordon then spearheaded an initiative in Ohio to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in every school. Over 4,470 AEDs were placed and more than 15,000 people trained in CPR and the use of AEDs. At least 15 lives have been saved as a direct result of this initiative. He is currently spearheading a national campaign called The Josh Miller Hearts Act, a bill to place an AED in every school in the U.S.
As a physician who on a daily basis dealt with life and death, Dr. Gordon understands that life is precious and can change in an instant. It did for him and his family when his son Tyler sustained a severe spinal cord injury in an automobile accident that left him quadriplegic. Leading his family through the abyss, Terry’s journey has resulted in a spiritual awakening to a clearer understanding of life and the mysteries it holds. He has learned that when adversity comes, it is how we respond to that difficulty that determines what we are to become. Life experiences become calamities only if we make the conscious decision to make tragedies out of them. Rather than lamenting so-called adversities, we can choose to be grateful for them. We can embrace them and accept them as gifts from the Divine that can provide fertile soil for growth and enlightenment. His self exploration and ultimate discoveries are chronicled in his first book recently published by Hay House, No Storm Lasts Forever.
Terry’s dharma and purpose is to continue serving by sharing with others his pathway to what we all desire…Peace, Shalom, and Salaam.