Jay D. Coffman, MD 1928–2006
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Jay D. Coffman, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Peripheral Vascular Section at Boston University School of Medicine, died on December 12, 2006, of adenocarcinoma of the colon at the age of 78 years. His research accomplishments focused on the physiology and pathophysiology of peripheral blood flow, and his career exemplified the ideal of translating research findings directly to the care of patients. He fostered understanding atherosclerosis as a systemic disease and nurtured the discipline of vascular medicine as a clinical subspecialty.⇓
Born in Quincy, Mass, as the youngest of 4 siblings, he was educated at Harvard College and at the Boston University School of Medicine, earning his doctoral degree in 1954. After internship and residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, he trained in cardiovascular research in the Department of Cardiorespiratory Diseases at the Walter Reed Army Institutes of Research in Washington, DC. In 1960, he joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine. He remained there until his retirement from patient care in 2001, although he continued as a research consultant, scientific author, and editor until a few months before his death. He was elected chairman of the Council on Circulation of the American Heart Association in 1975 and was a founder of the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology, serving as president from 1992 to 1994.
Dr Coffman was an influential medical investigator, an outstanding clinician, and a treasured educator and mentor. A pioneer in the emerging field of peripheral vascular medicine, he conducted seminal studies of limb circulation, investigating blood flow during reactive hyperemia in normal subjects and in patients with intermittent …