Hackensack cardiac pioneer dies after 60-year career

John Apovian, MD, a Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center cardiac pioneer, died Oct. 7 at 95, according to an obituary published in northjersey.com.

Dr. Apovian started his career at the hospital in 1953 as a medical student and retired in 2016 at age 88 after more than 60 years at Hackensack. In that time, he performed the hospital's first cardiac catheterization in 1953, brought vectorcardiography to the hospital in the mid-1950s and helped bring a portable hyperbaric chamber to Hackensack in 1968.

He served as vice president and president of the medical staff and was appointed to the hospital's board of governors in 1982. 

Hackensack honored his memory with the dedication of The John Apovian, MD, Cardiac Surgery & Structural Heart Center, part of the Heart & Vascular Hospital.

Dr. Apovian is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

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