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WIlliam Peter Castelli, MD: A conversation with the Editor*

        Bill Castelli was born on November 21, 1931 in New York City, but grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. In 1953, he graduated from Yale College with a BS degree in zoology and he received his MD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, in 1959. He did a rotating internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and his residency in internal medicine was at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and Faulkner Hospital in the Boston area. He also had a fellowship in rheumatology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After a research fellowship in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Harvard Medical School, he joined the Framingham Heart Study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as director of its laboratories. In 1979, he became director of the Framingham Heart Study and stayed in that position until 1995, when he formed the Framingham Cardiovascular Institute. Through the years he has had lectureships at Boston University School of Medicine, at Harvard Medical School, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He has written extensively and probably given more medical presentations than any physician in history. He is married to the former Marjorie Irene Fish and they are the proud parents of 3 children and 8 grandchildren. He is also a good guy and fun to be around (Figure 1).
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        FIGURE 1WPC at time of interview.
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        Further reading

        Selected articles

        1. Castelli WP. Making practical sense of clinical trial data in decreasing cardiovascular risk. Am J Cardiol 2001;88:16–20.

        2. Castelli WP, Nickerson RJ, Newell JM, Rutstein DD. Serum NEFA following fat, carbohydrate and protein ingestion and during fasting as related to intracellular lipid deposition. J Atheroscler Res 1966;6:328–341.

        3. Castelli WP. Cholesterol and lipids in the risk of coronary artery disease—the Framingham Heart Study. Can J Cardiol 1988;4:5–10.

        4. Hubert HB, Feinleib M, McNamara PM, Castelli WP. Obesity as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease: a 26-year follow-up of participants in the Framingham Heart Study. Circulation 1983;67:968–977.

        5. Castelli WP, Garrison RJ, Dawber TR, McNamara PM, Feinleib M, Kannel WB. The filter cigarette and coronary heart disease: the Framingham Study. Lancet 1981;2:109–113.

        6. Gordon T, Castelli WP, Hjortland MC, Kannel WB, Dawber TR. High density lipoprotein as a protective factor against coronary heart disease. The Framingham Study. Am J Med 1977;62:707–714.