Dr. Fishman, Medicine

Alfred P. Fishman, William Maul Measey Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, died on October 6, 2010, at the age of 92.

Born to Lithuanian immigrants in Depression-era Brooklyn, Dr. Fishman began college at the age of 15. He received a BA and MPH, both from the University of Michigan. He received an MD from the University of Louisville in 1943. He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1944-1946, before working in several laboratories including the Cournand, Richards and Werner Forssmann Laboratory, which won the Nobel Prize a year after he left.

Dr. Fishman came to Penn in 1969 as an associate professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division, a position he held until 1989. For seven years he was also associate dean of the School of Medicine and later associate dean for research. A former chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chair of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Council, Dr. Fishman served most recently as senior associate dean for program development and director of the Office of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

Dr. Fishman was honored with numerous awards and distinguished lectureships. In 1980 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was an honorary fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians and he received the Jacobi Medallion from the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Distinguished Achievement Award of AHA, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Louisville. He was honored by numerous named lectureships, including two in honor of Louis N. Katz. In 2001, Dr. Fishman was the recipient of the prestigious Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal (Almanac May 15, 2001), the highest award offered by the American Thoracic Society. In 2003, Dr. Fishman was designated a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Over the years, he had been a consultant to NASA for the Mercury space program; a consultant to the executive office of the President of the United States; a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and chairman of the Health Sciences Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine. He was a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine (London), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a former president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He edited nine books and published more than 250 scientific articles.

Dr. Fishman is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Mark, Jay and Hannah; four grandchildren, Aaron, Brian, Eric and Sarah; and a sister, Evelyn.

Memorial donations may be sent to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia at 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.