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Sylvan H. Eisman, 90, Internist and Professor of Onco​logy

July 12, 2007
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Sylvan H. Eisman, 90, an internist and professor who specialized in oncology, died June 26 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a resident of Center City.

Eisman, who graduated from Overbrook High School, earned both a bachelor's and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined the Army in 1942, and was a flight surgeon with an airborne troop carrier squadron in Europe. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of major.

After World War II, Eisman joined the faculty of Penn's medical school, rose to a full professorship in 1970, and earned the title of Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine in 1983. He also helped found the chemotherapy unit.

Known for his kindness and compassion as a doctor, he taught that the way to treat a patient was to care for the whole patient. That mentality garnered him the Sylvan H. Eisman Professorship, established by patients, alumni, friends and family members.

The Sylvan H. Eisman Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice was also created in his name, and is awarded yearly to deserving physicians.

Eisman is survived by his wife, the former Ann Greenberg; daughters Marian Forman and Amy Eisman; son Jerry Eisman; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations in his memory can be made to: the Sylvan H. Eisman Professorship in Medicine, c/o Penn Medicine Development, Attn.: William Bole, Suite 750, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.

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