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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Cardiologists Honor Their Mentor, Edwin Rothfeld, MD, with Memorial Lecture

10/19/2015

(NEWARK, NJ, 2015) - The Department of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was recently host to renowned Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Services for The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai Health System, Vivek Y. Reddy, MD, guest speaker at the inaugural Memorial Lecture & Grand Rounds in honor of the late Edwin Rothfeld, MD.

Pioneering Newark Beth Israel Medical Center cardiologist, Dr. Rothfeld, who died in 2011 after a half-century career at The Beth, was an icon in his field. An accomplished scholar authoring over 100 publications, he was an influential teacher and clinician in the field of cardiology and electrophysiology. He founded the coronary care unit at NBIMC and was the Director of NBIMC’s first adult congenital heart disease program. He worked on original EKG research and in the late 1960’s coined the term “accelerated idioventricular rhythm.”

His legacy is apparent as Trevor Atherley, MD, a former cardiology intern of Dr. Rothfeld’s and now a physician himself for over 30 years reminisces, “He was the greatest cardiac clinician we have ever known.”

L to R: Three of Dr. Edwin Rothfeld’s first cardiology fellows are still practicing at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, seen here pausing to reflect on their admired and respected teacher’s influence on their careers. Stephen Rothbart, MD, cardiac electrophysiologist, New Jersey Electrophysiology Associates, Hector Rubenstein, MD, interventional cardiologist, Trevor Atherley, MD, interventional cardiologist.

L to R: Three of Dr. Edwin Rothfeld’s first cardiology fellows are still practicing at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, seen here pausing to reflect on their admired and respected teacher’s influence on their careers. Stephen Rothbart, MD, cardiac electrophysiologist, New Jersey Electrophysiology Associates, Hector Rubinstein, MD, interventional cardiologist, Trevor Atherley, MD, interventional cardiologist.
Photo courtesy of Patricia Mitrano, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

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