Morton Schwartzman M.D.

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Schwartzman, M.D., Morton Nathan, 1936-2012. Prominent, well respected, and beloved Pediatric Pulmonologist Morton N. Schwartzman, M.D., passed away January 19, 2012, in Rochester, MN, at the age of 75. Originally from New York, New York, he moved to South Florida in 1949. Since the age of four, Dr. Morton Schwartzman always knew that he wanted to be a doctor and in 1960, he graduated from the University of Miami Medical School and opened his private pediatric practice in Coral Gables, FL in 1964. He was affiliated with several professional medical organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Society, and American Thoracic Society. He held many positions and his most current one was Medical Director of the Joe DiMaggio Cystic Fibrosis Center. Not only was he a consultant for pediatric pulmonary medicine at hospitals such as Miami Children's Hospital and Baptist Hospital, he also served as adjunct professor at Barry University and clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He was also Chief of Pediatric Medicine from 1971-1976 at Miami Children's Hospital. He wrote numerous research papers, co-authored books and was a professional presenter and lecturer for schools, hospitals, local workshops and national conferences. Some of his awards and honors include the Spirit of Healing Award from Memorial Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation, Circle of Friends Committee; The President's Club Recognition Award from the University of Miami, The President's Award for the Medical Staff from Miami Children's Hospital; Outstanding Board Member of the American Lung Association of South Florida for a decade of service, and many, many more. Dr. Schwartzman served on many state and local service organizations such as The Medical Asthma Advisory Committee of the American Lung Association of South Florida; Make-a-Wish Foundation Medical Advisory Council; and Medical Asthma Consultant for Broward County's Health, Education, Services Department, School Board of Broward County. His calling in life was to help children and their families. He was loved by so many for his compassion and ability to give hope. Not only was he an outstanding physician who exemplified the Hippocratic Oath, he was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is predeceased by his parents, Ida and Morris Schwartzman; and brother, Marvin Schwartzman. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marilyn Schwartzman; children, Rhonda and Jon Bandes, and Paula and Hal Fine; grandchildren, Marissa Fine, Ari Fine Lauren Bandes, and Alicia Bandes. His legacy to his family is the "5 C's" which represent the values that he lived by Courage, Communication, Commitment, Caring, and Character. Our family lost a husband, father, and grandfather, the world lost an amazing soul. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Fund, 3711 Garfield St., Hollywood, FL 33021, in memory of Morton Schwartzman, M.D., or to Temple Beth Ahm Israel, 9730 Stirling Rd., Cooper City, FL 33024. Services will be held at Beth Ahm Israel, 9730 Sterling Rd., Cooper City, FL 33024, at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 1125 NW 137th St., Opa Locka, FL 33054.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jan. 24, 2012