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Arnold Chait, 76, Radiologist, Pioneered Angiop​lasty

September 28, 2006
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Arnold Chait, 76, one of the first cardiovascular radiologists to perform angioplasty, died Sept. 12. He was a resident of Penn Valley.

Chait earned his bachelor's degree from New York University and his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where he learned to speak Dutch. He completed residencies in pathology and radiology in New York hospitals.

He moved to Society Hill in 1967, when he took a job teaching radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and as chairman of the Graduate Hospital's radiology department.

In 1972, Chait was one of the 50 founding members of the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiologists, an organization formed by the first doctors to perform the minimally invasive angioplasty procedure to clear arteries.

An avid reader and crossword puzzler, he studied history, among other subjects, at the University of Pennsylvania during his retirement years.

Chait is survived by his wife, the former Joan Oppenheim; daughters Andrea Hecht, Elizabeth Sanghavi and Caroline Chait Berens; sister Merle Price; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Henry Pordes Music Fund at Beth David Congregation, 1130 Vaughans Ave., Gladwynne, PA 19035.

 

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