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RE: The Passing of Jay D. Lifshen, DPM


PM News is saddened to announce the passing of Jay D. Lifshen, DPM. Dr. Lifshen graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and went on to complete a residency in foot surgery at New Berlin Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin. After his residency, Dr. Lifshen moved to Texas and started his practice in Irving in 1977.


Dr. Jay Lifshen


Lifshen was a past president of both the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society, and a long-time Delegate to the APMA HOD.

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From: Randy K. Kaplan, DPM


It's a very sad day for the profession, MPMA, and the Civic/Grand/Kern community. Dr. Bass epitomized the same dedication and passion to podiatric resident education and the profession as did his own mentors, Drs. Earl G. Kaplan and Irvin O. Kanat. Dr. Bass was an incredible mentor, teaching not just podiatric medicine and surgery but real life lessons and the importance of our profession's history. He taught residents to give back to the profession to make it better for those who follow. In short, he made a difference. He was a Civic-Kern boy, heart and soul. Gone too soon, but not forgotten!


Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, Clinton Township MI




Dr. Bass, in simple terms, was a mensch. As a Kern Hospital resident, he taught us all the importance of knowledge, professionalism, and humility. He always took his time to simply listen, a trait that many of us fail to do with our patients and even our friends and family. He taught us how to relate to patients and colleagues. And yes, he taught us how to enjoy our lives. Dr. Bass, you are already sorely missed and many of us who were lucky to know him have a big hole in our hearts this week.


Mitchell Greenbaum, DPM, Plainview, NY




Dr. Stuart Bass was part of my Kern Hospital experience that I will never forget. He helped to run the program and the CHRAA annual meeting. He had another job as a security officer at a water park (I am sure, just for fun.). He would invite the residents to the park after it was closed and we had the run of the place. I also remember meals (meetings) at his home. I am grateful and fortunate to have had him as part of my residency experience.


Mark Light, DPM, Marietta, GA




I read with such sadness of Dr. Bass’ passing. He trained two generations of men and women at Civic/Grand/Kern who are now podiatric surgeons. These two generations are training their share of men and women who are, I’m sure, regaling their trainees with stories of the innate goodness, class, and grace of this man and mentor. RIP, Dr. B.


David G. Armstrong, DPM, Los Angeles, CA



RE: The Passing of Stuart Bass, DPM


Tuesday was a very sad day for podiatric medicine as many of us were stunned to learn of the passing of Dr. Stuart Bass.  Dr. Bass was a respected physician, resident training director, and Director of the Civic-Kern Hospital Resident Alumni Association (CHRAA). He possessed a wit and humor that we will likely never see again. 


Dr. Stuart Bass


On behalf of the CHRAA, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Bass family and to his many friends and colleagues within the podiatric community, especially CHRAA members #KERNELS. May you rest in peace, Dr. Bass - you will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.


Shawna Shapero, Bako Diagnostics, Alpharetta, GA 




I was saddened to hear of Dr. Frank’s passing. He was actually my father’s podiatrist in University Heights, Ohio. I did a “private office clerkship” with him for one week during my senior year at CCPM. I remember he had late office hours one night. He had had a full day of patients and a full waiting room. At about 7 pm, he walked out to the waiting room, sat down, and said, “I’m just too tired to see any more patients” and sat with the few patients remaining to chat for about 15 or 20 minutes. They enjoyed it immensely!


A real “mench” and a fine doctor who was at the forefront of foot surgery for the time, including hospital privileges which was a rarity in 1976.


Neil H Hecht, DPM, Tarzana, CA



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM


I'm writing this after reflecting on a call I just had with Dr. Scott Kantro. Scott summed everything up when he said, "In an era when things can be so blatantly transactional, Paul was the opposite." Indeed, that was Paul. He made people better. Perhaps, in honor of Paul, we can all work together to make those around us a little better. Rather than robbing Peter, let's give ourselves to pay Paul and pay it forward.


David Armstrong, DPM, Los Angeles, CA



RE: The Passing of Irwin H. Frank, DPM


Dr. Irwin H. Frank, 90 passed away Sept. 30, 2018, in San Diego. He attended Indiana University and Carroll College prior to earning his medical degree at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1955 and doing a residency in the Cleveland Foot Clinic at the college. Later that year, he began his most distinguished 42-year career in Cleveland.


Dr. Irwin Frank


Dr. Frank was appointed chief of the podiatry section of the division of orthopedic surgery and director of outpatient podiatry clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He was appointed chief of podiatric surgery at St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Marymount Hospital and to the staff of South Point Hospital of Cleveland Clinic. At the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, he served as the assistant dean, chief of surgery, director of residency program, and clinical instructor.


Source: Cleveland Jewish News [10/4/18]



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM


I was saddened to read about the passing of Dr. Paul Scherer. He was not only a colleague but a good friend. Dr. Scherer was Dean of the California College of Podiatric Medicine when I attended. My father had unexpectedly passed away from a myocardial infarction while I was home for Christmas break. He was understanding of my circumstances and allowed me to have a leave of absence so I could help my mother, brother, and sister through this difficult time. We became good friends as a result of the circumstances and kept in touch throughout the years. He had a big heart and was a very compassionate individual. He will be truly missed. My sympathy goes out to his family.


Chris Robertozzi, DPM


Paul was the guru of biomechanics and a true disciple of Drs. Root and Weed. He imparted great knowledge on the subject over 30 years ago when I was a student at CCPM. His teachings have been with me ever since that time. All his tutelage was certainly reinforced by Drs. Kirby, Grady, and Petrov before I graduated, and I was so glad to have him as a professor and a colleague. He will be missed.


Joseph Borreggine, DPM



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM

From: Jenny Sanders, DPM, Joseph D'Amico, DPM, Jason Harrill, DPM


How do you distill a nearly 30-year friendship into a few simple sentences? It’s impossible, but I’ll try. Paul Scherer was an accomplished...


Editor's note: Dr. Sanders' extended-length letter can be read here


It was with great surprise and sadness that I learned of the passing of Paul R Scherer DPM. As Josh Gerbert, DPM affirmed, he was one of the original and continued great minds, teachers, and doers in biomechanics. Paul was taught by ..


Editor's note: Dr. D'Amico's letter can be read here


I am saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr. Paul Scherer, who was one of my professors and mentors at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He was an excellent instructor for a very challenging...


Editor's Note: Dr. Harrill's letter can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Philip P. Dubyne, DPM


Dr. Philip Dubyne


Philip P. Dubyne, 54, of Russell, PA, passed away on September 30, 2018. Dr. Dubyne proudly served the Warren County and surrounding communities at Allegany Podiatry for 22 years and retired in 2014.


Donald Adams, DPM, Framingham, MA. 



RE: The Passing of Joel Cook, DPM


Dr. Cook was an attending when I was a resident in Memphis. He was a great teacher and an excellent foot and ankle surgeon. I remember him being very kind and dedicated to perfecting surgical techniques. He was very skilled at surgery. I learned a lot from him and have continued to use techniques he taught me. He was a class act all the way.


Don Peacock, DPM



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM

From: Steve Berlin, DPM, Arnie Ross, DPM, Lester J. Jones, DPM


It is with sadness to learn Paul Scherer has passed away. He was a great educator and innovator in podiatry. I have known him for 50 years and he was one of the giants in our field. I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and family.  


Steve Berlin, DPM


I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Dr. Scherer. I always enjoyed my discussions with him, usually at the Western seminar. He was the dean of our school in San Francisco in the 1970s and highly respected both professionally and personally. I learned many important things from him. I will certainly miss him. 


Arnie Ross, DPM


On behalf of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine faculty, administration, student body and staff, as Interim Dean, I wish to extend our deepest  condolences to Mrs. Annie Scherer, the children, grandchildren and relatives of...


Editor's note: Dr. Jones' letter can be read here



RE: The Passing of Joel Cook, DPM


Dr. Joel Cook of Memphis recently passed away after a long illness. Joel graduated from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1969. Following his residency, he returned to Memphis and joined Bob Gold in his practice.


Dr. Joel Cook


The practice of Gold and Cook was well known throughout the community, not only for their expertise but also because their office was next to Graceland (Elvis' home), and he was their patient. Joel was loved by his patients and peers as a kind and gentle person. He leaves his wife Gina, daughters Dana and Chelsea, and three grandchildren. 


Brian Kiel, DPM, Memphis, TN




Paul was a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.


Pete Harvey, DPM, Wichita Falls TX


I was saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Paul Scherer, a giant of biomechanics. Dr. Scherer was instrumental in capturing my interest in foot typing in 1996 when he published:  Scherer P, Morris J: The Classification of Human Foot Types; 1996; Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremities; R Valmassey, Editor. In personal conversation, in 2008, I explained to him that I was try to grow his “baby” into an adult by expanding his nine types to sixteen. I hope that functional foot typing will be added to Paul’s long list of biomechanical firsts as part of his legacy.


Dennis Shavelson, DPM, NY, NY 



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of one of my CCPM biomechanics professors, colleagues, and friends, Dr. Paul Scherer.


Dr. Scherer was the Dean at the California College of Podiatric Medicine during my podiatry student years. Later, Paul was a member of the CCPM biomechanics faculty during my Biomechanics Fellowship where I learned from him nearly daily, greatly enjoying his personality, intellect and...


Editor's note: Dr. Kirby's extended-length letter can be read here.


It’s difficult to express how saddened I am by the sudden and shocking loss of Paul Scherer—a longtime supporter, core faculty member, and former dean of CSPM. On a personal level, I will miss Paul’s generosity and his always upbeat, glass is half-full outlook on life. Professionally, we’ve lost our Carl Sagan, an inspiring voice of biomechanics for generations of students and podiatrists. I can hear him lecturing now, “when the 1st metatarsal goes up, the big toe don’t work.” My sympathies go out to Paul’s family and his many friends.


Eric Stamps, DPM, Mill Valley, CA



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM

It is with deep regret that the American Board of Podiatric Medicine learned of the recent passing of Dr. Paul Scherer. Paul’s prominence as a long-time leader in the profession was utterly well deserved, as an educator in the area of biomechanics, through his lecturing, and as owner and CEO of Pro-Lab, one of the finest orthotic labs in the nation. To the extent that platitudes must be given at such a time of sadness, his contributions to the profession over an extended period of time certainly secure his...

Editor's Note: This complete letter from the Board of Directors, American Board of Podiatric Medicine can be read here.


The American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP) would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Paul Scherer. Dr Scherer was a pioneer and leader in the field of podopediatrics. He left an indelible mark on our entire profession, especially with regard to the treatment of the pediatric patient, that will never be forgotten. Through his hard work, he has also helped so many kids all around the world! We will all miss him.


Louis J. DeCaro, DPM




Paul contributed to our profession authoring numerous scientific papers, book chapters, as well as conducting and organizing a variety of scientific workshops at both national and state meetings. His passion for lower extremity biomechanics was imparted to the hundreds of students, residents, and practitioners whom he taught in both the classrooms or college workshops, domestic or international meetings, and countless other venues. Paul authored the textbook Recent Advances in Orthotic Therapy to assist practitioners in making critical clinical decisions based upon current evidence-based research. 


He was a former Dean of the California College of Podiatric Medicine, CEO of Prolab Orthotics USA, founder of Podiatry Plan Organization, Scientific Chairman of Prescription Foot Orthotic Lab Association (PFOLA), past president of American Physician Fellowship for Medicine in Israel, founder of the Podiatry Service and residency program at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, and countless other organizations. Paul is survived by his wife Annie, 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.


Richard Stess, DPM,  Mill Valley, CA



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM

I have just learned of the passing of Dr. Paul Scherer. This is certainly a very sad day and a major loss to our profession. Paul was one of my surgical residents and became an academic colleague at the CCPM for many years. To state that he was an extremely gifted medical educator and an innovator in the field of biomechanics is not doing him justice. He influenced the lives of thousands of podiatrists around the world. I have always been proud of what he has accomplished and he will be truly missed. May he rest in peace.


Joshua Gerbert, DPM, Kamuela, HI


Paul Scherer epitomized for me what I aimed to become, physician, educator, and entrepreneur. In each, he was as good as they come. After countless dinners together, I wanted, for once, to pick up the tab. He told me, “When I retire.” I appreciate the lesson to take care of the next generation. Paul always toasted, “To health.” That’s now more meaningful than ever and will serve as a reminder to cherish what time I have and to celebrate memories of the friendship that we shared.


Josh White, DPM, CPed, Maplewood, NJ



RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM


I just read a post regarding the passing of Paul Scherer, DPM.


Dr. Paul Scherer


My heart is deeply saddened. His loss is most certainly a loss for our entire profession. I used to call him "the bio-magician guru". After all these years, he always remembered my name and spoke to me when I would see him at meetings! He was one of the great teachers that I was lucky enough to learn from and was one of the first who tried to get me to think like a bio-magician in the OR. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.


Tip Sullivan, DPM, Jackson, MS



RE: The Passing of Robert Shafer, DPM


Dr. Robert Shafer


Dr. Robert Shafer passed away at his home in Painted Post on Sept. 20, 2018, at the age of 90. He graduated from the Ohio College of Chiropody in Cleveland in 1954 and opened his podiatry practice in Sayre, PA in 1956 and provided care for thousands of patients until his retirement 35 years later. He was a 50-year member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.



From: Andrew Liss, DPM


I want to second the thoughts of my fellow classmate, Dave Herbert. I am saddened by the loss of my friend and classmate. This is not only a tremendous loss for his wonderful family, but also for our profession. Jay gave of himself to the profession by holding numerous positions in the Texas and local podiatric associations. His generous contributions to the APMA Educational Foundation and to his alma mater, OCPM, are just further acknowledgement of the "Gentleman and Scholar" he was. He will be missed by many!


Andrew Liss, DPM



RE: The Passing of Marc Slomovitz, DPM


Dr. Marc Slomovitz


It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Dr. Marc Slomovitz (OCPM Class of 1988) on September 11, 2018. He was a friend of mine and will be missed. My condolences to his family!


Joseph Grillo, DPM, Ft Myers, FL



RE: The Passing of Jay D. Lifshin, DPM


Dr. Lifshen was the inspiration for so many generations of podiatrists. His vision and desire to achieve excellence helped transform our profession for those in practice, and those to follow. 


We have great respect and admiration for his foresight, and his being instrumental in helping to create the largest podiatric group in Texas.


The Doctors of Podiatric Medical Partners of Texas (PMPT), Dallas/Ft Worth, TX


I met Jay at my first APMA HOD meeting. He was very welcoming and warm-hearted and this was evident almost immediately upon meeting him. It was easy to be his friend and I appreciated his friendship greatly.


I am so sorry and so disappointed that he has passed. He was a very special, kind, and big-hearted man. I will miss him. God blessed him and his family. He also blessed us with Jay’s presence.


Bruce Blank, DPM, Martins Ferry, OH



RE: The Passing of Samuel Zuckerman, DPM 


Dr. Samuel Zuckerman, 97 years old, residing in Tamarac FL died on Sept 11, 2018. He served in World War II in North Africa and Italy and became a qualified navy pilot. He graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he completed his surgical residency. He was a founding member of the Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery.


Dr. Samuel Zuckerman


Dr. Zuckerman practiced over 50 years in Salem, New Jersey. In addition, he was the Salem City Registrar of Vital Statistics. He is survived by his wife and three children, including David Zuckerman, DPM.