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“You will forever be remembered. I am sure you still are caring for everybody in a better place and nicer place than earth. I can see you smiling,...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Virginia G. Scheidel - CA

“Dr. Chatterjee is the best since I was his patient at ucsf he saved my life and removed me from a med that was going to kill me back then when I...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: paul peraino - Santa Rosa, CA

“I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Chatterjee at UCSF, where he was a legendary clinician and a wonderful teacher. He was the most compassionate...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Sirisha Yarlagadda

“When my wife was having heart difficulties and we had seen a multitude of physicians on the east coast, we were led to two of the best in their...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Steve - Charleston, SC

“We were contemporaries and knew each other from our days in Calcutta , India. Met him again In London during the Membership exam. Afterwards when he...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Sakti Mookherjee MD, FACC, FRCP - NY

“He spoke with wisdom, his mind was brilliant, his appetite for knowledge insatiable, his skill at the cardiac physical exam unmatched, he taught with...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Ajay Eshcol - IA - Fellow

“Kanu had a tremendous impact on an entire generation of physicians that he mentored at UCSF, and he will be sorely missed. No one who came in contact...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Bruce McAuley - Portola Valley, CA

“Kanu was the most memorable teacher I ever encountered in my medical career.He had clinical and diagnostic ability that was remarkable. He taught in...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Susan Kritzik - Redwood City, CA

“So sorry to here of the loss of Dr. Chatterjee my dear friend. Bill & Deborah Criswell ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Bill Criswell - Orinda, CA

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Chatterjee. My condolences to Docey and family. Dr. Chatterjee was the best cardiologist I...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Don Ng - San Francisco, CA

“A brilliant, kind, humble and exceptional person. He was well respected at UCSF and world wide. He will be surely missed. My Uncle Pete, Mom and...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Renee Salvemini - Daly City, CA

“I was a student, resident, fellow, and Clinical faculty at UCSF since 1983. Dr. Chatterjee was a legendary teacher and role model; forever gracious...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Stan Hui MD, AGAF - Millbrae, CA

“I can never forget Kanu: a GREAT Cardiologist, a learned scholar, a kind, thorough and patient teacher, a wonderful friend who went out of his way to...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Barry MAssie, MD - San Francisco, CA

“What a loss of such a wonderful doctor we will certainly miss you. May you rest in peace ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: stanley cleaner - CA - patient

“When I contracted endocarditis--a dangerous heart infection--in 1994, a heartvalve replacement was urgently recommended. Uncertain of that course,...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Florence and Paul Kagan - Carmel, CA

“Kanu and I have been friends since our medical student days in Calcutta.After graduation and interneship, we lost contact until one day in 1965 he...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Bireswar Bose. - Friend

“In 1988, I was told, incorrectly, that there was something wrong with my heart. My friend, Dr. Ken Sack, interceded and got me an appointment with...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Barry Reder - San Francisco, CA

“Docie, I am so saddened to hear of Kanu's passing. Someone who saved so many lives, and was such a pleasure to know. I will never forget staying...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Ann Low - Northwood, IA - Friend

“Full of compassion to his patients and others, indeed a noble and a kind-hearted man. May your footsteps be seen and remembered forever. Rest in...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Virginia G. Scheidel - CA

“A kind and noble man...rest in peace, Dr. Chatterjee. You will always be remembered. Thank you for everything! ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Virginia - San Francisco, CA

“At the age of 88, our mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure of which her doctor wanted to do an aortic valve replacement. My sister and...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Millie Sheehy - San Francisco, CA

“An exam with Dr Chatterjee was unlike one with any other doctor. His questions were quiet, patient as he learned my physical limitations. His hands...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Basab K Basu - San Francisco, CA

“Dr Chatterjee was a brilliant teacher who made the most complex subject easily understood and every class interesting. He was a special person and...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Rawlins

“Dr. Chatterjee was my cardiologist for 35 years. He was a remarkable human being and an outstanding doctor. He was that rare combination of healer...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Kristen King - San Francisco, CA

“I worked with Dr. Chatterjee at UCSF, where he was a legendary clinician and teacher, known for his kindness and understanding. He will be missed by...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Daniel Benton - Iowa City, IA

“A davastating news for all of us in Calcutta. I was one of his best friends in the medical college called R.G.Kar medical college as a graduate...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Dr. Kamal Ba nerjee

“Dr. Chatterjee was my cardiologist up until the time of his diagnosis. I so respected him, and could see the kindness and goodness that comprised...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Sharon L.Hanson - Coralville, IA


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.