Mark E. Josephson, former chief of cardiology at Beth Israel and Penn, dies at 73

Mark E. Josephson, MD, the emeritus chief of cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, died from cancer earlier this year, the Boston Globe reports. He was 73.

During his career, Josephson trained more the 200 electrophysiologists. The newspaper also noted that Josephson diagnosed former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis with a life-threatening arrhythmia shortly before Lewis died in 1993. Josephson was involved in two trials following Lewis’s death and testified about his earlier diagnosis.

After graduating from medical school and completing his residency, Josephson began conducting electrophysiology research at the US Public Health Service’s hospital in Staten Island, New York. He later joined the Penn faculty in 1975 and was named the chief of cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania at age 38.

Josephson joined Beth Israel in 1992 and served as chief of cardiovascular medicine from 2001 until his retirement in 2015.

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