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11/20/2019    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)



RE: The Passing of Raymon Artopee, DPM


 













Dr. Raymon Artopee




 


It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Raymon Artopee, DPM in October, 2019.  Dr. Artopee is a graduate of the NYCPM class 1991. He was in private practice in Richmond, Virginia and is survived by his spouse Valerie Artopee.  


 


Rona R. Green, DPM

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03/26/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC)



From: Michael J Marcus, DPM


 


If you believe that social distancing will reduce the transmission of this disease. If you understand that you could be a carrier transmitting the virus to your patient. If you realize that your patient can be transmitting the disease to you and the others - including your family. If you realize and accept that our chosen profession is not at this time a front line mandatory service - Why wouldn’t you make some very significant changes to help us all combat this serious crisis?


 


Furthermore, there are so many positive things we could all do to help, including face-timing our patients- telemedicine visitations (that can be billed). In the last few days, I have treated several patients that way quite efficiently. Furthermore, I’m able to instruct patients and family members of the general need for isolation and reduced contact, thereby hopefully reducing the rate of transmission. I think this message will potentially have greater impact on our world than any procedure I could have ever done.


 


March 7th world no of cases 100k, March 18th 200k, March 21st 300k, March 25 450K+. What are you e waiting for? 


 


Michael J Marcus, DPM, Montebello/Irvine, CA

03/24/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of John R. Cicero


 


Dr. John R. Cicero of Cedar Grove, NJ passed away on March 8, 2020.  Dr. Cicero graduated from the Pennylvania College of Podiatric Medicine  in 1994 and completed his residency at West Essex General Hospital in Livingstone, NJ. 


 













Dr. John Cicero



 


He affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center Mountainside and was a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a fellow of The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a past president of the Bloomfield Rotary.


 


Source: Italian Tribune [3/19/20] via Dr. Richard Belli

03/20/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Gary Wayne Hoelle, DPM


 


Dr. Gary Wayne Hoelle (64) died peacefully on March 12, 2020 of complications from pancreatic cancer. In 1981, Gary earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. 


 













Dr. Gary Hoelle



 


Gary set up his first practice in his hometown of LaSalle, and then joined a group practice where he served in LaSalle, Peoria, Chillicothe, and Princeton. He left the larger practice and became affiliated with Perry Memorial Hospital in 1997. In total, he served the community for 37 years, during which time he estimated he saw almost 200,000 patients.


 


Source: Galva News [3/17/20]

03/19/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)



From: Jeffrey Kass, DPM


 


Last week, I posted that I thought podiatrists should be able to obtain all CME credits online. I’d like to thank all the podiatrists who responded to the call to action and wrote and called the NY Governor's office directly. The response received from the state was that for licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1- June 1 2020, the State Education Department will grant an adjustment and allow 100 percent of CME to be completed online, as long as courses are from a CPME or state-approved provider. (please note, so far, this update applies to New York State only). While, this limited response was not what we were looking for, it’s a start, and we are hopeful that more progress can be made.


 


I noticed there were still some podiatry conferences that have not cancelled and I think some serious consideration should be given to cancel them and realize the seriousness of this virus. It's always better to be safe than sorry.


 


Jeffrey Kass, DPM, Forest Hills, NY

03/18/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1B


RE: The Passing of Stephen M. Geller, DPM



I am stunned and very sad about Steve’s passing. I had the privilege of working with Steve on the Residency Resource Committee of CPME for a few years. I learned much from him in this short time. Although I never had a chance to meet his children, I witnessed his pride and love for them. He was so excited when his son made the Lacrosse team with a college scholarship. He was the first one introducing me to Lacrosse during one of our CPME trips when he took me to a University of Maryland Lacrosse game.


 


After the game, we could not find a taxi (before Uber/Lyft was in existence) to take us back to...


 


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

03/18/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1A



 


We were in podiatry school together and were housemates together. Steve will always be known for everything he accomplished in podiatry, but I feel he was way more accomplished as a person who was always willing to help. Our class was very close and to this day there is still a special bond. We shared good times and were there for each other in the tough times. His laughter will always bring a smile to my face and his friendship will always be with me. I was very blessed to have him in my life and will always cherish his memory. He is loved by so many people, classmates (class of 91), colleagues, friends, and family. His legacy will continue in all the lives he touched. Our prayers go out to his family.


 


Efren Buff De La Rosa, DPM

03/17/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) PART 1



 


It was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Steve Geller. I knew Steve as a student and resident at CCPM in the 1990s during my tenure as a faculty member. For the last 10 years, I was fortune to be able to work with him on various educational projects in service to ABPM. It was truly a pleasure to be in his company.


 


My wife and I send our most sincere condolences to the Geller family.


 


Lester J. Jones, Jr., DPM, Pomona, CA


 



I am shocked, surprised, and saddened to hear of Dr. Stephen Geller's untimely passing. The time I knew him was brief, but intense in the amount of knowledge that he displayed regarding podiatric medicine, education, and leadership. While working on the ABPM board, he was instrumental in aiding me during my time. He always made himself available to help me with questions, and provoked me to think differently. He truly was a leader in the profession who was taken from all of us too soon. He was adamant about furthering podiatric education and the rest of the healthcare community awareness of podiatrist scope.  


 


My heart breaks for the rest of those who worked with him closely on ABPM, CPME, Phoenix VAMC, and of course his family. Rest in Peace.


 


Ejiro Isiorho, DPM, Portland Metro, OR


03/16/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)



 


It is with shock and sadness hearing of Stephen Geller’s passing. I knew of him but not personally until recently. He was the chair of our CPME residency evaluation just a few months ago. He was professional, bright, and a person this profession could use more of. Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.


 


Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM, Houston, TX


 


CPME is greatly saddened to learn about the passing of Stephen Geller, DPM. Dr. Geller was a valued Committee member, colleague, and friend. Dr. Geller served CPME in many capacities. He was a dedicated on-site evaluator, representing CPME as Team Chair and as a board representative of both ABPM and ABFAS. Dr. Geller was a member of the Residency Review Committee from August 2011–March 2019 as both an ABPM representative and at-large member. He contributed greatly to the residency Ad Hoc Committee, and most recently as a member of the Collaborative Residency Evaluator Committee, where he contributed significantly to training future on-site evaluators. 


 


On a personal level, I served on teams with Dr. Geller. As a new evaluator, he was generous to me in sharing his deep knowledge of, and passion for, the residency evaluation process. Dr. Geller’s passion and commitment to podiatric medical education were a significant contribution to the profession and he will be dearly missed. 


 


Kieran Mahan, DPM, Chair Council on Podiatric Medical Education

03/13/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Stephen M. Geller, DPM


 


The Board of Directors and Staff of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine are heartbroken to announce the passing of Director Steve Geller, DPM, age 54. Steve passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He died of complications of polycythemia vera which caused a massive CVA. 


 













Dr. Stephen Geller



 


Steve has had many leadership roles with the ABPM, most notably as a Director and as Chair of the Examination Committee. Under Steve’s purview, the examination committee has evolved into a state-of-the-art process which provides real data back to residency programs as they educate and train our future colleagues. Steve has also been instrumental in ABPM’s efforts to continue to value, educate, and employ biomechanical examinations within our residency training. Steve also worked diligently on a national level serving both on the CREC and other CPME committees. 

02/25/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Ann E. Reda, DPM


 


Dr. Ann E. Reda, 59, of Haledon, NJ passed away on February 19, 2020.


 













Dr. Ann Reda



 


She earned her doctorate from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and worked for many years as a podiatrist.


 


Source: Legacy.com

02/13/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Irwin Allen Lewis, DPM


 


Dr. Irwin Allen Lewis, 72, died suddenly on Sunday, February 9, 2020.


 













Dr. Irwin Lewis



 


He graduated from the New York School of Podiatric Medicine in 1973, and received a DPM degree. Dr. Lewis practiced podiatry in Greensboro, NC for 33 years.


 


Source: Greensboro News & Record [2/12/20]

02/11/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Jack Geffner, DPM


 


Jack Geffner, the self-proclaimed “luckiest guy in the world,” passed peacefully on January 3 after a brief illness, two months shy of his 100th birthday. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and joined the newly commissioned 28th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, part of the Seventh and Eighth Air Force, as a lieutenant and Aerial Photography Officer. 


 














Dr. Jack Geffner




 


After the war ended, he used the GI bill to attend podiatry school at the NY College of Podiatric Medicine and establish a practice in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. When Jack retired from his podiatry practice, he attended classes at Kingsborough Community College and traveled. 


 


Source: The Jewish News of Northern California

02/05/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Frank A. Staneck, DPM


 


Dr. Frank A. Staneck, 91, formerly of Summit Hill, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, PA.


 











Dr. Frank Staneck



 


He was self-employed as a podiatrist at an office in Tamaqua and worked for various state healthcare facilities throughout Pennsylvania for 30 years, until retiring. He was a United States Marine Corps  veteran serving during WWII.


 


Source: Times News [2/1/20]

02/03/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Howard Joseph, DPM


 


Dr. Howard Joseph, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at his home in Oneonta, following a brief illness. He was a practicing podiatrist and served in the Army in World War II. 


 













Dr. Howard Joseph



 


He was man who lived life to the fullest. He was known for his generosity, curiosity, caring for others, and always giving back to the community. He was instrumental in the creation of the Community Health Center, the Arc organization, and being part of business consulting teams through the Small Business Association for people starting their businesses.


 


Source: The Daily Star [1/30/20]

01/30/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Elliot Gerald Rose, DPM


 


Dr. Elliot Gerald Rose passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2020, at the age of 72, after a long and difficult battle with prostate cancer.


 













Dr. Elliot Rose



 


He graduated from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 1973 and completed his residency in California. Elliot moved to Chattanooga and spent the next 30 years serving patients six days a week until 2008, when he retired.


 


Source: The Chattanoogan [1/28/20]

01/28/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Robert Lee, DPM


 


Dr. Robert Edward Lee, 92, of Elk Point, devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2020, at Holy Spirit Assisted Living Facility in Sioux City, Iowa.


 













Dr. Robert Lee



 


Dr. Lee served honorably in the Army and graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1952. After practicing podiatry for several years, he joined the Veterans Administration and embarked on a career in hospital administration.


 


Source: Sioux City Journal [1/26/20]

01/24/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) PART 2


RE: The Passing of Bryan Kagan, DPM



I first got to know Bryan when he joined the American Society of Forensic Podiatry (ASFP) a number of years ago. He got involved in the forensic field immediately in research, teaching, and lecturing widely on the subject of pedal evidence. He established a forensic podiatry club at NYCPM and established the first undergraduate courses on forensic podiatry at NYCPM. He established himself as a leading figure and pioneer in the field of forensic podiatry.


 


He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the ASFP and most recently as Secretary-Treasurer for a number of years. With all his academic and professional accomplishments acknowledged what's most important with his passing is his loss as a gentleman and man of great integrity. Rest in Peace my friend.


 


John A. DiMaggio, DPM

01/24/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) PART 1


RE: The Passing of James J. Keogh, DPM


 


Dr. James J. Keogh - 99, of Ventnor, NJ passed away at ACMC on January 16, 2020. He graduated from the Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine. 


 













Dr. James Keogh



 


James went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1943- 1946. He practiced as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. 


 


Source: The Press of Atlantic City [1/22/20]

01/23/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of Bryan Kagan, DPM



Bryan Kagan, DPM, a member of NYCPM’s Class of 1980, passed away over the weekend. Dr. Kagan was an Adjunct Instructor in NYCPM’s Department of Community Medicine for over 10 years. 













Dr. Bryan Kagan


He taught ‘Introduction to Forensic Podiatry,’ a course popular with second- and third-year students. That course introduced students to the world of forensic sciences and the discipline of forensic podiatry, a subspecialty of podiatric medicine. He also was an honorary member of  the American Society of Forensic Podiatry.


01/21/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)


RE: The Passing of George Costras, DPM


 


George Costaras, DPM, age 64, passed away on January 14, 2020. Dr. Costras was a graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He was board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.


 













Dr. George Costras



 


He was in solo practice in Elyria, Ohio for over 30 years. He graduated from KSUCPM. He was active in the Rotary and participated in many charity bicycle rides for Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (M.E.S.A.)


 


Source: dignitymemorial.com

01/17/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) PART 1A



 


Life won’t be the same without my brother from another mother...after over 60+ close years together, he'll be SO missed. But I know we (my extended Fischman family) will all smile thinking about all our great and fun(ny) times together. 


 













(L-R) Dr. Arthur Gudeon, Dorothy Ann, and Dr. Edward Fischman



 


Ed was a true podiatric icon, involved and a leader in every aspect and receiving accolades in every important organization in our profession, and all will miss his intelligence and humor. Loads of love and hugs to all the Fischmans, and finally, Eddie, Rest In Peace my brother.


 


Arthur Gudeon, DPM

01/17/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1B



From: Arthur E. Helfand, DPM, David M Davidson, DPM


 


A great loss for his family and the profession. A true gentleman and man of integrity. May he rest in peace.


 


Arthur E. Helfand, DPM


 


I heard the news of Ed's passing with mixed feelings. He had a very difficult last few months and finally he is at peace. Ed was responsible for elevating our profession to new heights. Without his efforts, it would have been decades before we were granted hospital privileges and equality with other members of the medical community. I will always remember the many good times we had together. I will miss his humor, his smile, his kindness, and his graciousness. Rest in peace, my friend.


 


David M Davidson, DPM

01/16/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1B


RE: The Passing of Edward H. Fischman, DPM


 


We're saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Edward H. Fischman. Yesterday was a sad day for the podiatric medical community and all those who knew Dr. Fischman, a wonderful physician who was devoted to the profession. On behalf of the Bako Medical Education Foundation (BMEF), we extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Fischman family. May you rest in peace, Eddie. We will carry on your legacy here at BMEF and will greatly miss you as a board member.


 


Steve Berlin, DPM on behalf of the Bako Medical Education Foundation

01/16/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1A


RE: The Passing of Edward H. Fischman, DPM


 


Edward Fischman, DPM, 81, passed away on January 13th. He was a 1962 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and practiced in Jupiter, FL. His son David M. Fischman, DPM had the honor of practicing alongside him for 30 years.


 













Dr. Edward Fischman



 


Dr. Fischman was past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. He was Chairman of the New Podiatric Medical Association's Clinical Conference, Chairman of the SE Florida Health Council, and former Team Podiatrist to NFL (Buffalo Bills) and NBA (Buffalo Braves).

01/13/2020    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)



 


I am deeply saddened by Ron’s passing. I and my family send our most warmest prayers. He was a special man. Love. 


 


Lloyd Smith, DPM
ASPMA


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