IDSA founder, Gene Stollerman, MD, FIDSA, passed away on August 1, 2014 at age 93 at his home in Hanover, NH, after an extended illness with heart failure. Dr. Stollerman’s stellar career began in the early 1940s upon graduating from Dartmouth College and receiving his MD from Columbia University. |
Upon returning from military service as a captain in the US Army Medical Corps, Dr. Stollerman served as chief resident in medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and then went on to become director of New York University’s Irvington House for Children with Heart Disease, where he received national recognition for his research on the use of penicillin for the prevention of rheumatic fever. This led to an endowed professorship at Northwestern University for research in rheumatic, immunologic, and infectious diseases.
In the mid-1960s, as chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, he became a national leader in infectious diseases, clinical research, and preventive medicine. Dr. Stollerman went on to become a professor at Boston University Medical Center, where he promoted research and clinical training in geriatrics, preventive medicine, health services research, and primary care. In 1986 he was appointed Distinguished Physician of the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he pioneered health services research in the care of the aging veteran. He retired in 1995 to his home in Hanover, NH, where he continued to edit journals, write, and teach.
Throughout his career, Dr. Stollerman served on numerous councils and committees including serving as president of the Association of Professors of Medicine, president of the Central Society for Clinical Research, and as a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Stollerman received the Bruce Medal for Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians, the Thulis Award from the American Geriatrics Society, and the Mentor Award of IDSA.
Dr. Stollerman is survived by his son, John Stollerman, and daughter, Anne DiZio.
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