MARK JOSEPHSON M.D.
JOSEPHSON--Mark Eric. Mark Josephson, M.D., a transformational figure in cardiac electrophysiology and a pioneer in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, died January 11th after a protracted fight with cancer. Dr. Josephson dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients suffering from arrhythmia disorders and to training subsequent generations of electrophysiologists. His book, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology: Techniques and Interpretations, is the definitive text on the subject. Born in NYC in 1943, Dr. Josephson graduated from Trinity College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He spent two years as a research associate at Staten Island Public Health Service Hospital, where many of his innovative ideas were first put into practice in collaboration with cardiologists there. Dr. Josephson contributed both clinically and scientifically to the community of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, ascending the faculty ranks to become Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in 1981. In 1992 he became the director of the Harvard-Thorndike Arrhythmia Institute and in 2001, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Joan Ellen Eisenberg Josephson. He was a devoted father to Rachel and Stephanie; loving "Poppi" to Sylvie, Elan, and Sydney; and loving brother to Diane and Alan. Services will be Sunday, January 15 at 11:30am, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave, NYC.
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