Dr. Kamalendu "Kanu" Chatterjee

  • Born: March 1, 1934
  • Died: March 4, 2015
  • Location: Coralville, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Kamalendu K. "Kanu" Chatterjee, 81, of Coralville, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Services will be held at a later time in Colfax, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be directed to the University of Iowa Foundation for the Cardiovascular Fellowship Fund or the University of California, San Francisco Teaching Fellowship Endowment.

Kamalendu was born March 1, 1934 in Bangladesh, India. He completed medical school at RG Kar Medical School in Calcutta, India and went onto receive his cardiovascular and internal medicine education in England. He then moved to Los Angeles, CA and worked at Cedars Sinai for several years before taking a position with the University of California at San Francisco where he would have a career teaching and shaping the careers of many future cardiologists. In San Francisco, he married Docela "Docey" Edwards on May 9, 1975. From 2001-2009 he served as Director for the UCSF Chatterjee Center for Cardiac Research, named in his honor. In 2009, he and his wife Docey moved to Coralville when he would begin a career with the University of Iowa. While at UCSF he held the Ernest Gallo Chair and at UIHC held the first Kanu and Docey Edwards Chatterjee Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine.

His family includes his wife, "Docey;" son Suvendu Chatterjee and his wife, Geetanjali of Delaware and their son, Soumendu "Mithai;" siblings in India; Shephalika "Bulu" (Debesh) Chatterjee, Manjulika (Dali) Chatterjee, Shymalendu "Khokhon" (Mita) Chatterjee, Amalendu "Gyadosh" (Mita) Chatterjee and Malabika "Puntu" (Benoy) Chatterjee Das; Docey's siblings, David (Margo) Edwards, Dewey (Patricia) Edwards, Don (Darla) Edwards, Docey's sister-in-law, Margaret as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Dave and Doris Edwards, Dale Edwards and Dreda McGill.