Francis J. McGrath Jr., cardiologist

September 11, 2012

Francis J. McGrath Jr., 63, a partner at the Virginia Heart medical practice and chief of cardiology at Virginia Hospital Center, died Sept. 10 at the Arlington County hospital.

He had complications from leukemia, said his daughter, Kelly McDonald.

Dr. McGrath joined Glebe Medical Associates as a cardiologist and partner in 1981. In addition to his work with the practice — now known as Virginia Heart — Dr. McGrath was a medical staff president of what is now Virginia Hospital Center from 2000 to 2004.

He had been the hospital’s chief of cardiology since 2008 and was a past associate director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Francis John McGrath Jr. was born in Plainfield, N.J. He was a 1971 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1975 graduate of its medical school. He completed his residency and a fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital before entering private practice.

He was a Falls Church resident and a member of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Patricia Lubreski McGrath of Falls Church; a daughter, Kelly M. McDonald of Sandy Springs, Ga.; three sisters; and a grandson.

— Adam Bernstein

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