Alfred I. Sherman, MD, PhD

Alfred I. Sherman, MD, PhD

Alfred I. Sherman, MD, PhD (August 27, 2012)

Alfie Sherman passed away on August 27, 2012 in his late 80s, having only retired from practice and operating at age 84. Born in Ontario, Canada, he was a distinguished practitioner, a superior oncologic surgeon, researcher and teacher of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Alfie came from Central Collegiate in Hamilton, Ontario, was player-manager of Meds football in his first year and returned to Hamilton for his internship at the General Hospital. He served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Core, after which he began his postgraduate training with a year of pathology at the University of Rochester, followed by four years of training in ObGyn at Washington University, St. Louis. He stayed on the staff at Washington University. Over his 20 years there in Willard Allen’s department, he worked his way up to professor and was presented an award as “Professor of the Decade.” He was a talented surgeon, recognized as a Gynecologic Oncologist long before there was an official subspecialty. He established a tumor board with representation of Gynecologic surgeons, pathologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists in the early 1960s – likely among the first in the country.

In 1967 he moved to Wayne State University School of Medicine as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chairman of the department at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. He retained the directorship of the residency for many years and trained generations of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Year after year, he was the major “roastee” (and a well loved one) in the annual residency graduation skit. He won repeated teaching awards from his residents and alumni.

Obtaining a PhD in reproductive physiology from Wayne State University at the age of fifty-four, Alfie authored over two hundred published papers, four books and many chapters. He served as Vice-President of the American Radium Society, received a Certificate of Merit from the Radiological Society of North America, held honorary memberships in the Pacific Northwest and in Japan, and received awards from the World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, the International Society for Gynecologic Pathology and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He was a Founding Fellow of the Society of

Gynecological Oncologists, and an elected member of the New York Academy of Sciences. This life of medical service and teaching went on until his retirement as a Professor Emeritus at age 84.

He and Sandra, his support and strength for sixty-seven years, were married in June of 1945, and had three children - one a surgeon. He and Sandra contributed to the community by establishing an annual lectureship on ethical issues in women’s health care, an annual award for the Detroit Visiting Nurses Association, and an award to social workers for outstanding care of the Jewish elderly.

Submitted by Robert J. Sokol

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