Renowned infectious diseases expert Dr Rajendra Kapila, 81, dies of Covid-19

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  • Dr Kapila worked extensively on HIV-AIDS, trained many people in the field and practised at Rutgers University for 50 years.
By Ashni Dhaor, Ghaziabad

PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 04:13 AM IST

Renowned infectious disease specialist and Rutgers University professor Dr Rajendra Kapila passed away in Delhi on April 28 after testing positive for Covid-19 on April 8. He was 81.

Dr Kapila worked extensively on HIV-AIDS, trained many people in the field and practised at Rutgers University for 50 years.

He returned to India with wife Dr Deepti Saxena-Kapila in the last week of March and stayed in Ghaziabad. He was supposed to fly back to the US by the second week of April but was admitted to Delhi’s Shanti Mukund Hospital, where he died.

“For the last one year I have been working at a Covid-19 lab in New Jersey and had ensured a safe environment at home,” said Dr Deepti, who specialises in microbiology. “It is ironic that we came to India for two weeks and he contracted it here.” She said Dr Kapila got both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US.

In a memorial message sent out by Rutgers University faculty, Dr Marc Klapholz , professor and chair of the department of medicine, said: “A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr Kapila was recognised world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases.”

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