Elias, Sherman, M.D.,,
was the Past Chair, Department of Obstetrics, and Professor Emeritus in the Division of Clinical Genetics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Previously, he was Professor and Henry and Emma Meyer Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (1994-98), and the William G. Arends Chair and Phillip and Beverly Goldstick Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1998-2003).
Dr. Elias served as President of the Society of Gynecologic Investigation, Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Secretary of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, President of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Vice President for Clinical Practice of the American College of Medical Genetics, and President of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation. He was the recipient of the Basil O'Connor Award and the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award in Research from the
Birth Defects Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Kentucky, and was named a University of Illinois Scholar. He authored over 375 articles, reviews, and chapters as well as 6 books. Dr. Elias' work focused on prenatal genetic diagnosis, reproductive genetics, and medical ethics.
Dr. Elias earned his MD degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He began his OB-GYN residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, completing it at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident. He served postdoctoral fellowships in genetics at Yale University School of Medicine and at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Elias was the son of the late Cantor Meyer and Rachel Elias.
Dr. Elias leaves his wife, Shelley; son, Kevin Meyer Elias, MD; and daughter-in-law, Josephine Elias; and son, Benjamin Artman Elias and daughter-in-law, Elaine Parker, MD; and grandchildren, Eitan Daniel Elias and Abigail Esther Elias.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in Keneseth Israel Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 10 a.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to
, the Jewish National Fund or donor's favorite charity.
Herman Meyer & Son
1338 Ellison Avenue Louisville, KY 40204
Published in The Courier-Journal on July 16, 2014