Robert M. Berne

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Robert M. Berne
Born(1918-04-22)April 22, 1918
DiedOctober 4, 2001(2001-10-04) (aged 83)
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Virginia

Robert M. Berne (April 22, 1918 – October 4, 2001) was a heart specialist[1] and a medical educator whose textbooks were used by generations of physicians[2] Berne was recognized widely for his seminal research contributions on the role of adenosine in the blood flow to the heart.[3]

Awards and Distinctions[edit]

Berne was the Chair and the Founder of cardiovascular research at the University of Virginia as well as the Chair of Department of Physiology there,[2] [4][5] He was also President of the American Physiological Society.[5] Berne was a member of the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2] Berne was the Editor in Chief of Circulation Research, a publication of the American Heart Association from 1970 to 1975.[5] He received the Gold Heart Award of the American Heart Association in 1985.[5] He also received a special citation from the American Heart Association in 1979.[3] The National Academies Press called Berne "an acclaimed authority in the field of cardiovascular physiology".[1]

Career and life[edit]

Berne was born in Yonkers, NY. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1939, and from Harvard Medical School in 1943.[3] In late 1944 he served in the US Army as a medical officer.[5] At the end of the war he took up a residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai with the focus on cardiology.[1] Berne joined the physiology faculty of Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1949, and remained in that position for 17 years.[3] In 1966 he was appointed Chair of the Physiology Department at the University of Virginia and served in that capacity until 1988.[5] He published more than 200 scientific articles and three textbooks authored with Matthew N. Levy.

Notable textbooks[edit]

  • Principles of Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Case Studies in Physiology.


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