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David Sherman, Stroke Expert, Dies at 65

STUMP, ELIZABETH

doi: 10.1097/01.NT.0000319947.34136.3b
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David Gordon Sherman, MD, the Ross J. Sibert Research Fund Distinguished Chair and chief of neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, died on Nov. 29, 2007, from pancreatic cancer. He was 65 years old.

Dr. Sherman was an internationally recognized authority on stroke prevention and treatment, particularly the management of cardiogenic embolism and atrial fibrillation. He authored more than 35 book chapters and 100 influential scientific publications, served on the editorial boards of Stroke (1995–2008) and Cerebrovascular Diseases (1990–1995), and was also a reviewer for several other journals.

Dr. Sherman grew up on his family's farm in Lexington, OK. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, interned at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, TX, and served in the Navy from 1969–1971. He was a resident in neurosciences at the University of California-San Diego, then joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in Springfield in 1974 and the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1977. In 1983, Dr. Sherman moved to the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio with several colleagues; in 1986 he became the chief of neurology and Ross J. Sibert Research Fund Distinguished Chair. He was also the chief of neurology at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital from 1984–1996.

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In addition to conducting numerous clinical research studies, Dr. Sherman served on the International Stroke Society, the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association, the Texas Neurological Society, and chaired the Program Committee for the International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation.

James Grotta, MD, chairman of the department of neurology and director of the stroke program at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, praised his friend's warmth, generosity, and kindness. “He was able to achieve academic success and handle multiple administrative responsibilities while maintaining his humor and calm. He loved nothing more than sharing a good meal and camaraderie of family and friends around the world.” Dr. Grotta continued, “He mixed his humble Oklahoma origins with the sophistication of being a world traveler, gourmet Italian chef, and a wonderful husband to his vivacious and devoted wife Carla.”

His many awards include the Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke from the American Heart Association Stroke Council (1994) and the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Neurological Society. A widely respected physician, Dr. Sherman was also honored with teaching awards chosen by medical students and by practicing neurologists who had trained with him.

Dr. Sherman is survived by his wife, Carla Pisarro Sherman; his daughters Carol Sherman Williams, Rebecca Suter, and Alexis Francesca Sherman; his son Nicholas Alessandro Sherman; his two grandchildren Alexandra Williams and Carl Suter; and his brother Carey Sherman of Lexington, OK.

The David G. Sherman, MD, Endowed Lecture Series in Neurosciences was set up as a permanent endowment in honor of the physician. Contributions can be sent to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, David Sherman Lecture Series, at 7709 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 7835, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

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