Dr. Ronald Victor succumbs in L.A.; funeral set here for Sunday

RONALD GARY VICTOR, M.D., a cardiologist affiliated with the Hypertension Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, passed away on September 10 in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.


Dr. Victor  joined the faculty of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles  in 2009 as director of Clinical Research and director of the Hypertension Center, where he was noted for continuing landmark barbershop research in which he proved that thousands of lives could be saved if barbers were enlisted to help fight the epidemic of high blood pressure in the male African-American community. His study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

A noted molecular biologist, he is also credited for pioneering stem cell research into the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Prior to joining the staff a Cedars-Sinai, he had spent more than two decades as the chair of Hypertension at the UT University of Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas , where he developed his  innovative approach to treating  high blood pressure in the African American community. Dr. Victor was honored for his work with the Humanitarian Award from the Professional Barber and Stylists Committee of Texas.

Victor was a native of New Orleans and graduated from Isidore Newman School . He attended college at Cornell University, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction. He earned his medical degree from Tulane University and completed two residencies at UCLA before completing cardiology fellowships at Duke University, the University of Iowa and the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

A humble man, the doctor and reserarcher was recognized with countless awards for his outstanding and trailblazing research. He was the primary investigator on more than 140 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals and was published four times in the New England Journal of Medicine. In medical circles, Ron is known for co-authoring the influential textbook Kaplan’s Clinical Hypertension, with his mentor Dr. Norman M. Kaplan from Cedars-Sinai, where Dr.  Victor was the Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research.

Recently Dr. Victor’s colleagues at the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute held a symposium to honor his numerous contributions to medicine.

Victor was a giant in the field of medicine, but was also noted for his big heart and his zeal for life.  .

He is survived by his wife Vicki Victor; his father Harold D. Victor; and his sister Sally Victor Siegel (Bill).

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial gifts to Cedars Sinai Hospital “In Memory of Dr. Victor,” where gifts will be used to further his pioneering work in community intervention efforts to combat hypertension or donate to the charity of your choice.

Relatives and friends attended a graveside service at Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3, 2100 Pelopidas Street, on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Emeritus Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn conducted the service. Funeral arrangements were by Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home of Metairie. Condolences may be expressed online here


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