MetroHealth electrophysiologist Rosenbaum passes away

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David S. Rosenbaum, MD, chief of the division of cardiology and director of Heart & Vascular Center for the MetroHealth System, passed away on May 5 in Cleveland, after battling pancreatic cancer.  He was 54.

He also was the Louis Rakita, MD, and Maurice Moss, MD, professor of cardiology and a professor of biomedical engineering, physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Rosenbaum came to MetroHealth in 1999. Also, he served as chair of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Research Subcommittee.

A Chicago native, Rosenbaum was raised in Skokie and received both engineering and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. He completed internship and residency programs at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Rosenbaum established the Heart & Vascular Research Center at MetroHealth and authored a textbook on cardiac optical imaging. He delivered more than 200 international lectures and authored more than 100 original articles and book chapters, according to MetroHealth. He served on editorial boards, advisory panels and research study sections at the National Institutes of Health, and until recently, served as president of the American Heart Association’s Cleveland branch.

His passion was to train a new generation of scientists, and he mentored more than 40 early career scientists, including several young investigator award recipients and finalists. He was the director of the cardiology fellowship program and the department of medicine's Physician Scientist Pathway Program.

On May 9, he will posthumously receive the HRS Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to cardiac electrophysiology, during the society's 33rd annual meeting in Boston.