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In Memoriam—Rashid A. Massumi, MD 1926–2015

Professor Rashid A. Massumi passed away after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on May 29, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Rashid Massumi was a remarkable man and one of the early pioneers of clinical cardiology and rhythmology.

Rashid Massumi was born on January 21, 1926, in the small town of Nain, Iran. At age 20 he entered the University of Tehran, School of Medicine. Upon his graduation, he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to the United States.

He completed his residency in medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC, and completed his cardiology fellowship at the Cedars of Lebanon in Los Angeles. From there, he took a faculty position at Yale University Medical School (1957-1960). Rashid was then invited to head the cardiology laboratory at the District of Columbia General Hospital.

He also served as an associate professor at the George Washington University School of  Medicine. During his  tenure (1960-1970), he published more than 50 scientific papers in the fields of cardiology and rhythmology. Many of these articles were original concepts in the field, such as supernormality and studies  of  arrhythmias related  to  Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.1,2   He subsequently moved to the newly estab- lished Division of Cardiology as Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

In 1974 he was invited to return to his native country of Iran, where he became professor and head of the Department of Cardiology at the University of Tehran. He trained many residents and fellows in cardiology, many of whom are now holding prominent positions in Iran and around the world. He is known as the father of modern cardiology in Iran. In 1980, he returned to the United States and assumed the position of Professor of  Medicine  at  the  Division  of  Cardiology  at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

His passion for teaching and patient care was exemplary.

Nothing was  as  rewarding for  him  as  spending his  last moments at the bedside of a  patient. Rashid Massumis legacy will always be remembered by his family, friends, colleagues, trainees, students, and patients. He is survived by his beloved wife Firouzeh Massumi and his four children Rick, Brian, Peter, and Roxanne. He will be greatly missed by all of us.



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