Eminent cardiologist and scholar Dr Shahbudin Rahimtoola passed away recently on December 9th, 2018 at his residence in Palos Verdes Estates, California. He was popularly known globally for his contribution to two clinical syndromes namely ‘Hibernating Myocardium’ and ‘Prosthetic Value Mismatch’.
Mumbai born Rahimtoola was alumnus of St. Xavier’s (Bombay) and later Dow Medical College (Karachi) remained a widely acclaimed Physician and Researcher during his long and illustrious career. He was serving as Distinguished Professor at the Keck School of Medicine and simultaneously George C. Griffith Professor of Cardiology at the University of Southern California.
Doctor Rahimtoola was recipient of several awards including Salute to Research (1985), Gifted Teacher (1986), James Herrick (1989), Melvin Marcus Memorial (1996), Master of College (1999), Distinguished Scientist (2001), Doctor of Science (2002), Gold Medal from European College of Cardiology (2009), Lifetime Achievement (2013) and Distinguished Fellowship (2016). He was also closely associated with the Mayo Clinic and Foundation in the United States who honored him with ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award in 1998.
Edward Crandall, Chairman of the Keck School’s Department of Medicine described Rahimtoola in the following words during 2013, ‘He is widely known and appreciated as a teacher and mentor and has been an important part of the USC division of cardiovascular medicine for many years.’
On the publication front Professor Rahimtoola remained editor at the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) during the 1990s. He also authored over twelve (12) text books in medicine and cardiology during his professional tenure and published over 513 scientific articles which included 120 book chapters, 316 original articles along with 67 editorials.
He is survived by his wife Shamim and three children all based in the United States.