Burton E. Sobel: 1937–2013
Dr Burton (Burt) E. Sobel was born in New York City on October 21, 1937 and died in Colchester, Vermont on May 3, 2013. At the time of his death, he was the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Vermont, and Director of the University’s Cardiovascular Research Institute.
Burt received his undergraduate training at Cornell University, and attended Harvard Medical School, from which he received his medical degree magna cum laude in 1962. After his residency in Medicine at the (then) Peter Bent Brigham Hospital he had fellowship training in cardiology and pharmacology in the intramural program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In 1968, he assumed his first faculty position in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he was director of the Coronary Care Unit and then also of the Myocardial Research Unit. In 1973, he became Director of the Cardiovascular Division at Washington University, St. Louis, and, in 1985, he was named the Lewin Distinguished Professor in Cardiovascular Disease and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research at that University. From 1994 to 2005, he served as the Amidon Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
Burt was the quintessential physician–scientist–leader. From my close contact with him during his years at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of California, San Diego, it was clear that …