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Dr. Marshall Nathan, regarded as a brilliant and gifted Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon, died Thursday afternoon, January 3rd, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where he had been on staff for 32 years. "One of the best ENT Specialists", according to several of his colleagues, who were devastated at the news of his loss. He was a genius with gifted hands, and an innate sense of touch, which enabled him to excel at microsurgery. Dr. Nathan considered balloon sinuplasty a revolutionary procedure to treat sinus disease. and was considered one of the South Texas pioneers in perfecting and improving this procedure. Dr. Nathan graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with Honors. He completed his residency and fellowship at Washington University of School of Medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis under the direction of the famous Dr. Joseph
Ogura, "a pioneer in modern head and neck cancer surgery." He directed and taught at the Head & Neck Cancer Unit at the Medical College of Georgia where he was voted "Teacher of the Year" by the student body. In addition to his busy private practice, Dr. Nathan was also on staff at St. Luke's Baptist Hospital, Christus Santa Rosa, and Christus Santa Rosa Ambulatory Surgical Center. He was previously a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio and listed as a Texas and San Antonio "Top SuperDoc" over multiple years. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He was also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, The American Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, The Head and Neck Society, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served his Country with honor as a Captain in the United States Air Force.
He was described as a "Renaissance Man" by a close friend. He was a fitness fanatic, an explorer and adventurer with a zest for life. His obsessive-compulsive and perfectionist qualities extended beyond the Operating Room, which enabled him to excel in many other areas of his life. He was known as a competitive runner, cyclist, and tri-athlete and completed over 70 marathons andseveral ultra-marathons. He was also a Master-Angler, and used his gifted surgical hands to meticulously tie his own flies. He holds several records for Pike and Muskie fishing in Northern Minnesota and Canada. He loved fishing for Marlin in Cabo San Lucas, Maui and Costa Rica He also enjoyed travelling, especially to Costa Rica which inspired him to write a children's book about the adventure of observing volcano eruptions. Additional passions of Dr. Nathan included racing Porsches. He took great pride in his membership in the Longhorn Region Porsche Club of America and competed in various club competitions including the Concours d'elegance.
Dr. Nathan is survived by his wife Natalie, with whom he shared an incredible and adventure filled life. He is also survived by his sons Daniel Nathan and Adam Nathan, a sister Sharon Savine, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and patients who will never forget the tremendous impact he had on their lives. He was an animal lover, and had a fondness for his beloved Lakeland Terriers Andretti, Cosby and Rodney who were a constant source of companionship.
To honor the memory of Dr. Nathan, contributions can be made to the Dr. Marshall Nathan Memorial Fund for Cancer Research at any Broadway Bank location. For further information, you may contact Sharon at 210-283-6668. Please join family and friends to honor Dr. Nathan at a "Celebration of Life" Ceremony on January 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Kendall Plantation House located at 20 Guthrie Road, Boerne, TX 78006.
Published in Express-News from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2013