Dr. Kenneth Lowell Kershbaum, a nationally recognized cardiologist and a championship-winning tennis player in his youth, died March 19 at his home in Center City. He was 70.
The physician passed away just blocks away from Pennsylvania Hospital, where he practiced internal medicine and cardiology for over 40 years, the span of his entire career.
Kershbaum graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1959, Cornell University in 1963 and got his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1967. At Pennsylvania Hospital, he twice served on its executive committee and was on the board of the hospital’s Cardiology Foundation for more than 20 years.
He was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for almost 40 years and was the winner of Pennsylvania Hospital’s Viner Teaching Award in 1986.
He had numerous peer-reviewed articles published in nationally recognized medical publications.
Kershbaum was a nationally ranked tennis player in his youth who played in the Boys U.S. National Tennis Championships in 1958. The next year, at age 17, he became the youngest men’s tennis champion in the history of the Philmont Country Club.
He was a member of both the tennis and squash teams at Cornell University and was still playing tennis and teaching his grandchildren the game up until the final months of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan Sions Kershbaum; his mother, Judith Kershbaum Jacobs; two daughters, Kathy Evans of Atlanta and Sharon Kershbaum of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Marjorie Shiekman and Susan Stevens; and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joan Karnell Cancer Center of Pennsylvania Hospital, 230 W. Washington Square, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or Abramson Cancer Center, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Phila., PA 19104.