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Saul P. Bralow, 90, Physician, Teacher

February 2, 2012
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Saul Philip Bralow, 90, a well-known Philadelphia physician and teacher, died Jan. 11 in Sarasota, Fla.

Dr. Bralow was a well-respected colon cancer specialist, who earned acclaim from his medical peers with 18 awards or honors in the medical profession. An internationally renowned gastroenterologist, he was the author of more than 75 papers and 40 abstracts, as well as contributing to numerous books and journals.

Known to his closest friends as Socky, Bralow was born in Philadelphia. He attended West Philadelphia High School and earned a B.S. at Penn State University. He earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and an M.S. in Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

After a one-year teaching fellowship in gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bralow joined the faculty at the Temple University School of Medicine. In 1969, he became a professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

In 1975, he moved to Sarasota, Fla., where he went into private practice and became a clinical professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Before retirement, he returned to Philadelphia as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate Hospital.

Bralow was particularly interested in colon cancer and his research involved collaborating with physicians doing similar research in Japan, South Africa, France and Puerto Rico. Later in his career, he became a proponent of community medicine and of early diagnosis of cancer.

In the mid-1980s, he partnered with the city's Department of Public Health in a campaign for early diagnosis of colon cancer. After his retirement to Bradenton, Fla., in 1997, he founded a gastroenterology clinic for seniors at Sarasota Hospital.

He was a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology, the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the Sarasota County Medical Society.

Bralow is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Suzanne Sobel; son David Bralow; stepchildren Jeffery Sterling, Kerry Alers and Richard Sterling; four grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Roberta Margolis in 1981, and son Andrew Bralow in 1994.

Memorial donations can be sent to: the Andrew P. Bralow Memorial Scholarship, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1719 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122.

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