John Laragh is both a physician and a scientist. He is Professor of Medicine in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Cardiovascular Center at The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center ((1997 -).
The author of over 900 papers including the two volume text, Hypertension: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dr. Laragh is especially known for his discovery, reported in four human studies in 1960, of the previously unknown renin-angiotensin aldosterone hormonal control system.
Dr. Laragh is married to Dr. Jean Sealey, the distinguished biochemist and physiologist. They share interests in golf and photography and spend leisure time with their son Robert at their homes in Florida and Southampton, Long Island.
Born and raised in Yonkers, Laragh attended Cornell University and graduated from Cornell Medical College in 1948. He took residency training in Medicine and Cardiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Presbyterian Hospital where he then based his clinical and research activities, founded the first Hypertension Center, became Chief of Nephrology and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Presbyterian Hospital before returning to New York Hospital-Cornell in 1975.more » « less