Gershon M. Lesser, M.D., J.D. was born in New York City on April 3, 1933 to Herman and Dora Lesser. He was an only child. His father was in the restaurant business, and after school Gershon spent much time especially in the bakery section. Friday night dinner in the restaurant was a highlight for Gershon as he got to meet famous people and hear the top pianists of the time. Gershon graduated from Stuyvesant High School with honors during 1950. He started his college career at UCLA the same year. He graduated UCLA in 1954 with a B.S. and completed his medical school at USC in 1958. He continued his internship and residency in cardiology, pulmonary, diabetes, and internal medicine at Los Angeles USC County Hospital. Gershon proceeded with a Fellowship in Endocrinology and then in Chest Medicine. He opened his first office during 1963 and continued to practice medicine until 2006. He very much enjoyed interacting with his patients throughout the years, and had much satisfaction from being in the medical field. Dr. Lesser married Michelle Rosenbaum in 1971, and they spent all their years together until his death. Michelle and Gershon had three sons. Aaron and Hadrian were both killed in separate car accidents at young ages. Jason and Jennifer Lesser gave Gershon two wonderful grandchildren-Tyler and Charley whom he adored. Dr. Lesser received his law degree in 1977 in three years while practicing medicine full time. He was a clinical instructor at USC Medical Law for five years, and was a Clinical Instructor at USC Medical for twenty years. Dr. Lesser was a Fellow of the American College of Geriatrics, Fellow of American College of Angiology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Health appointed by Queen Elizabeth of England, American Society of Thoracic Diseases, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Preventive Health, Diplomat American Society of Psychotherapy, and Diplomat American College of Forensic Examiners. From 1977-1997 Dr. Lesser produced and broadcasted The Health Connection on Channel 11/KTTV, Channel 9/Mid Morning America, radio stations FM-Magic 106, KGIL, KIEV, KCRW, KCLA, KFI-AM, KABC-AM and appeared on other TV and radio stations. He was one of the first to encourage his audiences to follow a healthy life style which was basically unknown then. Dr. Lesser was the medical journalist and broadcaster for National Public Radio KCRW for 18 years. Dr. Lesser received commendations from Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Mayor Tom Brady as well as Pope John Paul II for his medical and broadcasting work. Reaching out to the public brought him great satisfaction. Dr. Lesser always stressed that the listener take his information to their own doctors and see how it might apply to themselves. He wanted people to use what he had to say as a resource and to communicate with their own physician. Dr. Lesser believed in the Maimonides rule that the doctor is a teacher before a healer. He always wanted to teach both patients and listeners how to deal with their own lives, how to empower themselves to get better. He was the author of three books, the best known was Growing Younger, published by Tarcher-St. Martin's Press. Dr. Gershon Lesser is survived by his wife, Michelle Elyse, and his youngest son, Jason Lesser and his wife, Jennifer Lesser, two wonderful grandchildren whom he worshipped, Charley and Tyler, and his beloved Afghan Hound, Mr. J. Dr. Lesser resided in Rancho Mirage for 17 years. Services are to be private.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014