Elliot Rapaport, MD, past president of the American Heart Association (AHA), former editor-in-chief of Circulation and practicing cardiologist at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), died peacefully at his home Sept. 5. He was 85.
During Rapaport’s time at SFGH, he established the division of cardiology and served as the chief between 1960 and 1992. Rapaport also served as associate dean of the UCSF School of Medicine between 1985 and 1998.
Additionally, he helped bolster research programs at SFGH and initiated the construction of research laboratories at the facility: the AIDS Research Center, the General Clinical Research Center inpatient unit and lab and the Lung Biology center, Surgery and Anesthesia research labs.
During his career, Rapaport also served as chief-of-staff at SFGF in 1983 and acting chief of medical service from 1967 to 1970. In 2001, Rapaport was appointed as emeritus professor of medicine at UCSF.
In 2009, Rapaport was recognized for his contributions to the cardiac field and was honored with the Distinguished Fellow Award by the American College of Cardiology.