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Jack Matloff dies at 82; doctor turned Cedars-Sinai into heart transplant leader

Jack Matloff dies at 82; doctor turned Cedars-Sinai into heart transplant leader

Dr. Jack Matloff, an innovative heart surgeon and educator who in 1988 established the heart and lung transplant programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has died there after a long illness Matloff, who died Thursday, was 82. Matloff joined Cedars-Sinai in 1969 when it had a modest cardiac surgery program. The founding chairman of its cardiothoracic surgery department, he attracted other top surgeons to the hospital, which last year performed more heart transplants than any other medical center in the country. “He was a first-class cardiac surgeon,” said Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “He left a promising career at Harvard,...

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