Biography




Joseph K. Perloff, M. D.

Born in New Orleans, Joseph K. Perloff received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in 1951. After an internship and residency in medicine and pathology at  the Mt. Sinai Hospital New York, he spent a year with Dr. Paul Hamilton Wood at the Institute of Cardiology in London as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Perloff returned to the United States to Georgetown University Washington, D.C where he rapidly rose to the rank of Professor. He subsequently served as Chief of the Section of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Perloff moved to UCLA in 1977 as the Streisand/American Heart Association Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. He perceived the need for an adult congenital heart disease facility because increasing numbers of infants and children with congenital heart disease were reaching adulthood, and few cardiologists were equipped to deal with  this new and complex patient population. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center was soon established to provide expert patient care, physician education, and clinical and basic research. The Center rapidly gained national and international recognition, culminating in a major endowment from The Ahmanson Foundation. The Center was the first, and remains the largest such facility in the United States.

Dr. Perloff is the author of the classic textbooks, The Clinical Recognition of Congenital Heart Disease in its sixth edition, and the Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation in its fourth edition, and is co-author of Congenital Heart Disease in Adults, third edition. He has published over 400 articles in leading journals, and is on the Editorial Boards of Circulation, The American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Journal.

Dr Perloff is the founder of a new medical subspecialty - congenital heart disease in adults. He has enjoyed worldwide acclaim as a visiting professor and lecturer, and is the recipient of numerous national and international honors including the Great Teacher Award of the American Heart Association, the National Physician of the Year Award, Honorary Degree and Commemorative Medaile from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic in celebration of the 650th anniversary, the Mellinkoff Award which is the highest faculty honor conferred by the UCLA Medical School, the European/American Congenital Heart Disease Symposium in Santorini, Greece in honour of Professor Perloff, and most recently the UCLA Faculty Award of Extraordinary Merit in recognition of contributions of unusually great benefit to the School of Medicine through major advances in the biomedical sciences, and the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Cardiology.