KALSER, MARTIN H., M.D., 90, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on October 16. 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara, son Dr. Gary Kalser (Cindy), daughters Laurel Kalser and Kathy Rinker (Corey), granddaughters, Casey and Sophie, and sister, Selma Mellinger. Dr. Kalser's passion was medicine. During his 50-year career, he became a revered teacher, researcher and clinician in the field of gastroenterology (G.I.). Dr. Kalser was born and raised in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He received his M.D. from the University of Pittsburg. Following medical school, he served a two-year tour of duty as Captain M.D. in the U.S. Air Force inTokyo, Japan. After returning to civilian life, Dr. Kalser received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He entered academic medicine in 1954, first as an instructor and then as assistant professor of G.I. at theUniversity of Pennsylvania's Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, where he specialized in diseases of the small intestine and pancreas. In 1959, Dr. Kalser joined the University of Miami's (UM) Miller School of Medicine as the founding chief of the G.I. division. He was also the founding president of the medical staff at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. While at the UM, Dr. Kalser served as principal investigator of an NIH-funded study of therapy for pancreatic cancer. His other research showed that removing part of the small intestine resulted in weight loss. In 1999, the Martin H. Kalser, M.D., Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology, was established at the Miller School of Medicine as Dr. Kalser's legacy. Dr. Kalser retired in 2002. He felt his greatest contribution to medicine was training G.I. clinicians and practitioners with a high level of expertise who could deliver this level of care in the community. He will be greatly missed.Special thanks to Maria Reiff and her loving, caring staff at the Chalet Old Cutler. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Mt. Nebo-Kendall, 5900 S.W. 77th Ave., Miami, FL 33143, 305-274-0641. Shiva to follow. In memory of Dr. Kalser, donations may be made to the Martin H. Kalser Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology, c/o University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Office of Medical Development, Jackson MedicalTowers, Suite - 1020, 1500 N.W. 12th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.
Published in Miami Herald on Oct. 19, 2013