Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Edmund Sonnenblick, M.D., Former Einstein Chief of Cardiology

Edmund Sonnenblick, M.D.

September 23, 2007

Edmund Sonnenblick, Chief of the Division of Cardiolology from 1975 through 1996, died at 2:30 AM Saturday, September 22 at his home in Connecticut following a several year battle with esophageal cancer.

Dr. Sonnenblick was a superb physician, brilliant scientist, dedicated teacher/mentor, and warm friend/colleague. Above all, he was a gentleman who genuinely cared about other people.

Dr. Sonnenblick received his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He was a medicine house officer at Columbia-Presbyterian, and then did cardiovascular research training at the National Institutes of Health before taking his first faculty position at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of Harvard. After rising through the ranks to Associate Professor at the Brigham he was recruited here in 1975 as Chief of Cardiology at Einstein, a position he held until 1996. At his death he was the Edmond J. Safra Distinguished University Professor of Medicine at Einstein.

Dr. Sonnenblick was on numerous national and international committees, editorial boards, policy bodies, etc in the field of cardiovascular research and disease. He received many prestigious national and international awards and visiting professorships. He was the author or co-author of over 600 original articles and the editor and/or contributor to 16 textbooks in cardiovascular disease.

He was a leader in the understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of congestive heart failure. The research that he carried out in collaboration with Drs. Eugene Braunwald and John Ross, Jr. provided the physiological foundation for our current understanding of cardiac function and is used clinically by cardiologists throughout the world.

For this work, Dr. Sonnenblick was to have been honored in November by the American Heart Association with its prestigious Research Achievement Award. This award recognizes his lifetime contributions to cardiovascular science and medicine - in particular his early contributions to the concepts "preload", "afterload", "contractility", and "ejection fraction" - fundamentals that are now central to clinical practice throughout the world. The award was to have been be presented at the opening ceremonies of the AHA national meeting on Sunday, November 4 in Orlando, Florida.

Memorial Service

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 2 p.m.
Temple Emanu-El
1 East 65th Street (at 5th Ave)
New York, NY 10021


Annie Sonnenblick Memorial Lecture
Wesleyan University
318 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459

Attention: Christine Pina

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