Dr. Emile R. Mohler III, professor of medicine, dies

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Dr. Emile R. Mohler III, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania whose specialty was cardiology and vascular medicine, died Friday from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at his home in Newtown, Pa.

The former Ellicott City resident was 56.


The son of Dr. Emile R. Mohler Jr., a hematologist who was chairman of the department of medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital, and Peggy Mohler Strahan, director of grants and grants development at Howard County Community College, Emile Riggs Mohler III was born in Baltimore and raised in Ellicott City.

After graduating from Loyola High School in 1979, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology and philosophy in 1983 from Boston College. He obtained a master's degree in 1984 from Georgetown University, and a medical degree, also from Georgetown, in 1988.


Dr. Mohler completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in 1991, and a four-year fellowship in cardiology in 1994 from Indiana University Medical Center.

For the last 20 years, he was a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he taught cardiology and vascular medicine. He also practiced at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mohler lectured extensively both in the United States and abroad on diagnosis and management of peripheral artery disease, vascular imaging and the amelioration of cardiovascular risk factors.

His current research interest was the investigation of cytomic biomarkers and novel treatments for patients with peripheral artery disease.

His professional memberships included the American Board of Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Committee, a fellowship of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Vascular Medicine, the American Heart Association and the American College of Physicians.

He was also founder of the vascular council for the American Society of Echocardiography.

Dr. Mohler published 250 articles and edited seven books, among them the vascular medicine section of UpToDate, and was a member of the editorial board of Endovascular Today, Thrombosis Research, and Vascular Medicine.

He held a patent for a noninvasive device that measures limb oxygenation and blood flow, and was founder of Cytovas, a Penn Upstart biotechnical company.

In 2017, he was named Master Clinician of the Year by the Society of Vascular Medicine.

As he struggled with ALS, Dr. Mohler maintained an autobiographical blog and recently wrote "Life is Beautiful."

"Last Sunday, Oct. 8, he attended the ALS Walk in Canton with over 140 family members and friends," said his mother, of Lutherville.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed travel and playing golf. He was a member of St. Davids Golf Club.


A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Villanova Rosemont Chapel, 1229 E. Lancaster Ave., Rosemont, Pa.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Bonnie MacManus; three sons, John Mohler, a freshman at Boston College, and Riggs Mohler and John Mohler, both of Newtown; his father, of Ellicott City; and three brothers, Tom Mohler of Catonsville, Bill Mohler of Elkridge and Bob Mohler of Burbank, Calif.

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