Dr. Chait, Radiology
Dr. Arnold Chait, former clinical professor of radiology, died of heart failure September 12. He was 76 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Chait earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1951 from NYU and obtained his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1957.
After completing his residencies in pathology and radiology in hospitals in New York, Dr. Chait began teaching radiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1962.
Dr. Chait joined Penn’s faculty in 1967 as an assistant professor of radiology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1970 and four years later was promoted to full professor. He was appointed clinical professor in 1976 while he also practiced at CHOP. Dr. Chait left Penn in 1997.
In 1972, Dr. Chait was one of the 50 founding members of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiologists, an organization formed by the first doctors to perform angioplasty.
He also practiced at Graduate Hospital beginning in 1976 and served as chairman of its radiology department. He retired from there in 1999. In retirement, Dr. Chait returned to Penn to study history.
Dr. Chait is survived by his wife, Joan Oppenheim; three daughters, Andrea Hecht, Caroline Chait Berens and Elizabeth Sanghavi; five grandchildren; and a sister.
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