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Gustav Schonfeld, MD, the Samuel E. Schechter Professor and former head of the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) inSt. Louis, died in May at age 77 of complications from myelofibrosis. He was internationally regarded for his expertise on lipid metabolism and for his research establishing important correlations between lipid metabolism and heart disease.
Dr. Schonfeld earned both his bachelor's degree and MD from Washington University. He completed post-graduate training at New York University, Bellevue Medical Center, and subsequently studied lipid disorders at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, achieving the rank of captain. He joined the WUSM faculty in 1972, becoming full professor in 1977. During his tenure, he served as the Kountz Professor and later as the Schechter Professor of Medicine. He led the WUSM Division of Atherosclerosis, Nutrition and Lipid Research from 1972-2002 and was the Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 1996-1999.
Dr. Schonfeld was a member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He held editorial positions with the journals Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Atherosclerosis and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Lipid Research. He was honored by the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association with an Alumni/Faculty Award in 1995 and, in 2006 received a …