BURTON E. SOBEL, M.D. - COLCHESTER - Dr. Sobel received his M.D. at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude in 1962. He completed his internship and residency training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and his fellowship training at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, followed by academic and administrative leadership positions at the University of California, San Diego, Washington University and Barnes Hospital in Saint Louis (Director, Cardiovascular Division). In 1994, Dr. Sobel began serving as Chair of the Department of Medicine and the E.L. Amidon Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont. His vision and energy revitalized the Department of Medicine, expanding its research endeavors, education programs and clinics. During his tenure as Chair, Dr. Sobel created the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care to enhance the research mission of those institutions, and in 2005 left his position as Chair to become the Institute's first Director. He continued to serve as a Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, earning the E.L. Amidon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007, and being named a University of Vermont Distinguished University Professor in 2009. Dr. Sobel was internationally recognized as a leader in cardiovascular medicine. He pioneered ground-breaking research in cardiology that had a major impact on how heart attack patients are treated, including extensive research on the dissolution of blood clots and heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology, among many others, and was a leader in subspecialty societies including the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. He had more than 800 manuscripts published, and edited major cardiovascular and medical scientific journals. He was a fierce optimist, a passionate sailor, an enthusiastic skier, and above all, a dedicated friend to many. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Susan; his children, Jonathan and Elizabeth; and granddaughter, Skye. Burton E. Sobel, M.D. died at his home on May 3, 2013. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Temple Sinai Synagogue, 500 Swift St., South Burlington, with interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at the University of Vermont in the fall. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 6, 2013