Alfred I. Sherman

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Our class can be proud of the great contributions of Alfie Sherman as a distinguished practitioner, researcher and teacher of obstetrics and gynecology. He is certainly the only member of our class who obtained a PhD at age fifty-four, (in reproductive physiology from Wayne State University).

Alfie came from Central Collegiate in Hamilton, was player-manager of Meds football in first year, and returned to Hamilton for his internship at the General Hospital. His RCAMC service was in the Pacific Brigade at Vernon, B.C.

He and Sandra, his support and strength for now these sixty-five years, were married in June of 1945, and had three children - one a surgeon.

After discharge from the army his postgraduate training began with a year of pathology at the University of Rochester, followed by four years of residencies and fellowships in ObGyn at Washington University, St. Louis. He stayed on the staff at Washington University, who’s noted medical school has since attracted a number of our best Canadians.

During the twenty years at Washington University, his outstanding teaching was recognized by his full professorship, and the award as “Professor of the Decade”.

In 1967 he moved to Wayne State University School of Medicine as Professor of ObGyn and Chairman of the department in Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit.

His growing interest in gynecologic oncology is seen in his authorship of over two hundred published papers, his four books and several chapters, and has been marked by Vice-Presidency of the American Radium Society, the Certificate of Merit of the Radiological Society of North America, honorary memberships in the Pacific Northwest and in Japan, and awards by the World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, the International Society for Gynecologic Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Oncology, and - which Alfie may have appreciated as much as any of the other honours - repeated teaching awards by the House Staff and alumni of his own Sinai Hospital.

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.

Recently the Sinai Hospital has named their Educational Center for him.

In this partial account of Alfie’s accomplishments and honours, we should note that he and Sandra have given to the community in other ways. They have established a very successful annual lectureship on the ethical issues in women’s health care, and an annual award for the Detroit Visiting Nurses Association, of whom Sandra is a board member, and an award to social workers for outstanding care of the Jewish elderly.

 

Career Achievements

“Professor of the Decade”, Washington University, St. Louis

 

Excerpt written by: Dr. Neil Watters

References

Barnett, Henry, Joan Borland, Jack Laidlaw, Neil Watters and Bruce Wells. The Epic Journey of University of Toronto Medical Class of 1944. Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Medince, 2012. pg. 69.

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