Longtime cardiology leader dies at 89

Riaz Haider, MD, a renowned cardiologist known for his research in diagnostic cardiac ultrasound, pacemakers and heart catheterization, died June 8 at 89.

Dr. Haider was a lifelong leader in the field, serving as president of the American Heart Association and Nation's Capital Affiliate; clinical professor of medicine at the Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences; and elected fellow of American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, and the Royal College of Physicians, according to his obituary. He also served as chief of cardiology at Providence Hospital from 1974 to 1993 and president of Washington Cardiology Associates from 1974 to 2008, both based in Washington, D.C.

He directed cath labs at five universities, introduced cardiac catheterization in evaluation of cardiac function after acute myocardial infarction at Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University Hospital, and initiated new cardiovascular labs at Providence Hospital.

Dr. Haider is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren and two brothers.

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