Lives of the fellows

Kamalendu Chatterjee

b.1 March 1934 d.4 March 2015
MB BS Calcutta(1956) MRCP Edin(1965) MRCP(1966) FACP(1978) FRCP(1979) FACC

Kamalendu Chatterjee, known as ‘Kanu’, was professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Iowa. He was born in Calcutta, India, the son of Gopal Lal Chatterjee. He studied medicine at R G Kar Medical College in Calcutta, while living in a refugee camp, and gained his MB BS in 1956.

He held junior posts at Burnpur Hospital, West Bengal, and went to the UK. He held house posts and was then a registrar in cardiology and general medicine in Coventry. In 1967, he moved to St George’s Hospital, London, where he was a registrar in general medicine and cardiology. From 1969, he was a senior research fellow in cardiology at the Brompton Hospital.

In 1971 he was recruited to join the cardiology division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he went on to direct the coronary care unit and the myocardial infarction research unit.

In 1975 he moved to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), as director of the cardiac care unit and associate chief of cardiology. A research centre at UCSF has been named in his honour. He was also named as the university’s Gallo-Kanu Chatterjee distinguished professor in clinical cardiology.

He retired in 2009 and moved to Iowa, his wife’s home state, where he resumed teaching and clinical work at the University of Iowa Medical Center, as the first Kanu and Docey Edwards Chatterjee chair in cardiovascular medicine.

He wrote more than 380 papers and 80 reviews and chapters, and co-edited Cardiology – an illustrated textbook (New Delhi, Jaypee Brother Medical Publisher, 2013). He was a well-liked and highly respected teacher and received many awards, including the prestigious James B Herrick award from the American Heart Association (in 2014), the gifted teacher award from the American College of Cardiology, and the lifetime achievement award of the Heart Failure Society of America.

He died from pancreatic cancer and was survived by his wife Docela (‘Docey’) Chatterjee née Edwards, whom he married in 1975, his son, Suvendu, and grandson, Soumendu.

RCP editor

[Press-Citizen 10 March 2015 – accessed 8 August 2017; Tex Heart Inst J 2015 Aug: 42(4): 303-4 – accessed 8 August 2017; Circulation June 23 2015 Volume 131 Issue 25 – accessed 8 August 2017; University of Iowa the loop UI Health Care People Events News Kanu Chatterjee, MD, passes 6 March 2015 – accessed 8 August 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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